Our lips lack sweat glands to stay moisturized, so the cold and dry environment is a heavy influencer to its state. If you want to keep your lips smooth, soft and moisturized even in cold weather, we have the right tips for you!
If you hate the cold like me, just stay indoors more!
If there’s nothing urgent to do outside, stay at home to prevent exposure to the dry and cold air.
Use moisturizing lip balms
Lipsticks make your lips dry when worn, so use colored moisturizing lip balms instead! Or you can moisturize your lips first with some ointment, and then wear your favorite lipstick. At any rate, make sure to remove the lip makeup and moisturize your lips again before you go to bed. Here are some natural ingredients you should look for in your lip balm:
- Vitamin A and D
- Jojoba Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Oil
- Shea Butter
- Aloe Vera
- Vitamin E
Take the right diet and regularly keep hydrated
Avoid foods that are spicy or salty – these compel your tongue to touch your lips more frequently. This is harmful as it easily dries and irritates the lips. Here are some foods that are actually really good for your lip health:
- Milk products, apricots, carrots, etc. rich in Vitamin A.
- Skim milk, Swiss cheese, red meat, silken tofu, fortified cereals, eggs, etc. that contain vitamin B
- Citrus fruits and vegetable rich in Vitamin C
- Nuts, eggs, leafy vegetables, etc. that have vitamin E.
Lastly, drink a lot of water daily (at least 8 glasses)!
Control your Room Temperature
Protect your lips indoors, too! The heating system in your home during Winter makes the air dry too. To fix this, set up a humidifier and set the temperature to 30-40%. It keeps the air indoors ideally moist. I wouldn’t go beyond 50% because too much moisture can cause bacteria and other microorganisms to appear.
Do NOT bite/lick/peel your lips
These bad habits should be lessened not just in Winter, but all year long. Biting harms the lips to the point of wounding them, licking dries the lips because of saliva, and peeling them can be very painful. Instead, just soften your lips with lip balm or exfoliate the flakes off.
Use natural home remedies
Natural ingredients are not only easily available but they also repair the lips from the inside. Time to achieve that luscious, sweet-smiling, soft and smooth lips you’ve always wanted!
Rub a slice of cucumber on your lips and let it stay for 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times daily.
- Ripe Mango Butter
Apply some of this on your lips and let it try. Then, wash it off. You’ll notice that your lips have become soft and moistened!
- Petroleum Jelly
This is a very common treatment for dry lips. Simply apply during the night and it will moisturize your lips up to morning. If there’s irritation, immediately stop using it.
- Jojoba Oil
This oil is an instant solution to dry lips. It moisturizes your lips and make them look fresh again. Apply a few drops of oil then leave it on the lips for 10 minutes. It should moisten the skin and help repair cracked appearances.
Don’t drink too much caffeine
Even though the cold weather makes it irresistible to drink your favorite cup of hot coffee, these hot drinks actually dehydrate your lips faster. A better and healthier alternative is to take herbal tea or decaf, as these can hydrate the skin!
Wear a scarf over your mouth
If you have to go outside, a scarf makes all the difference in protecting your sensitive lips from the cold harsh wind.
Since Winter won’t be leaving anytime soon, it’s important that you try to follow some of these preventive tips to keep your lips nice & soft in the cold! I hope this article has helped you out (: