How to Prevent Chapped Lips in Cold Weather
As the weather gets increasingly wintery and the wind decidedly cooler, it’s time to think about your cold weather beauty regime. From putting on a few extra pounds from wintery comfort food, to hiding our pale white legs – our bodies never look their best at this time of year.
Happily though, there are lots of things you can do to keep your body in tip top condition until spring. In this article we answer one of the most frequent questions about winter beauty: how to get rid of chapped lips. This is one of the most common problems that arrives alongside the chilly weather. So to help you keep luscious plump and rosy lips all year round, we’ve got some essential tips.
First things first, it’s important to consider how the colder weather will affect your lips, and take steps to deal with the problem at its root cause. One of the main ways skin gets dried out all over our bodies during winter is central heating. Without natural ventilation, our skin can become flaky and unpleasant, especially when radiators are turned up to the max.
This is one problem however, that can be easily solved. A practical tip is to place a small bowl of water next to the radiator whenever your central heating is on. The water will be absorbed into the air, and it will replace the humidity that is lost as a result of the heat. Try it for a few days and see what impact it has on your chapped lips.
The second answer to the question how to get rid of chapped lips is simple: exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. This is worth doing at least twice a week during the cold winter months. To do so, take an old toothbrush or washcloth and add some warm water and either a shop-bought exfoliator or a home-made version (think petroleum jelly, salt, sugar, honey etc). Rub it gently all over and then wash off. Finish the routine with a layer of moisturizer and your lovely lips will be good to go.
Next, you need to protect your lips from future damage. The important thing to remember is that dry, chapped lips are often caused by over-exposure to sunlight, even on those dark and dreary winter days. So regardless of whether you can see the sun or not, take steps to prevent any of the harmful UVA and UVB rays damaging your skin. The easiest way to do so is to use a sun-protective lip balm and apply often, especially when outdoors. To find the right product for you, search around and try out a few different types. Ask in store for advice about those that are particularly moisturizing as well as being sun protective.
So there you have it, some top practical tips on how to get rid of chapped lips. With a bit of effort now and then, you can make sure yours stay soft and kissable all year round. Good luck!