Lips are an integral part of your body requiring proper care and attention, especially in winter, since your skin will become dry during this season. Since the skin of the lips is thin and sensitive, it is more susceptible to cracking and chapping when it is exposed to cold and dry weather.
There are also other causes for this condition like lip biting and frequent licking of Lips, excessive exposure to sunlight, ill- fitting dentures, Vitamin deficiencies and more. Allergy to flavoring agents in toothpastes, mouthwashes, candies, chewing gums etc. can also cause chapped lips. Allergy to lipsticks or other cosmetics can also result in cracked lips.
Tips to Keep your Lips Moist and Soft in Winter
- Apply Lip Balms that contain Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil, or petroleum jelly to the lips. You may apply these balms many times a day, especially when you are more exposed to sunlight. Re-apply the balm after eating/drinking or wiping your lips.
- Apply a Moisturizer, Vitamin E Oil, Aloe Vera Gel or Butter on your lips to retain moisture.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and thus dryness of the lips.
- Take a balanced diet containing an appropriate amount of Vitamins and Minerals.
- Do not go out in dry and cold weather without applying lip balms or vaseline to moisturize your lips.
- Before putting on Lipsticks, apply a small amount of lip balm or vaseline to moisturize your lips.
- Avoid licking and biting your lips frequently, as this may lead to cracked lips or worsen your condition if you already have one.
- Avoid excessive exposure to cold / dry air and sunlight.
- Cracking of lips and cracks in the corners of the mouth may be due to deficiency of Vitamins (B2, C etc.) and Iron. Therefore, take Vitamins and Iron Supplements as per your doctor's advice.
If you follow these tips, they will not only help heal your chapped lips but also help make your lips resistance to damage.