Dry heat in our homes causes the humidity levels indoors to drop dramatically, and this can lead to dry skin, and dry lips. The skin on your lips is very thin, which is why it dries so quickly and shows such dramatic effects, usually much more quickly and often than the skin on your arms and legs. Fighting dry, cracked or chapped lips seems like an endless battle for many people in winter. Prevention is the key to winning the war against dry lips.
Most people only reach for the lip balm when their lips are already chapped, but lip balm is best used as prevention before chapped lips start. The best time to use lip balm is at night before bed. Many people sleep with their mouths open, which can cause dry mouth and lips. If you don’t like the feel of lip balm on your lips, wearing it while you sleep can help you to avoid the funny feeling.
Though lip balm is good, some brands contain ingredients that can actually dry your lips. Avoid lip balms that contain eucalyptus, camphor or menthol. Lip balm in a tube is more convenient, and healthier, than pots that you have to stick your fingers in and then touch your lips with those fingers.
Using a humidifier in your bedroom can help dry skin, and dry lips. Drinking water daily can also help. Licking your lips, though tempting, is one of the worse things you can do when you have dry lips. The saliva doesn’t moisturize; it dries. So avoid licking your lips, and also avoid picking at flaky licks or peeling them, which just makes the problem worse.
To keep up with regular, preventative lip balm use, buy a few tubes of lip balm so you can one in your pocket or purse, in your bathroom, your office and your bedroom.
Dry lips and mouth can also lead to bad breath. Keep up with your regular dental hygiene and keep regular dental checkups. Winter can change the condition of your lips and mouth, so be sure not to slack off on your oral hygiene during those long months.