01:36 PM, December 23, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:47 PM, December 23, 2015

Away with the chapped lips

Afsin Ahmed, Lifestyle Desk

Winter comes with a promise of warm blankets, fuzzy clothes, hot cups of tea, and unfortunately, chapped lips. Strong winds and cold, dry air make your lips dry out and tighten, which eventually leads to cracked and sore lips. To avoid this, there are a few simple steps that you can take. These can help get rid of chapped lips and keep them healthy round the year.


Lock the moisture in
Protect your lips from the harsh weather by using petroleum jelly such as Vaseline. It will form a protective layer over your lips, go deep down your skin to rehydrate and speed up the natural renewal process. Also, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid spicy food or citrus drinks to keep your skin irritation free.


No biting
When your lips are dry, there might be flaky skins sticking out which you may be tempted to pull at with your teeth. Do not fall for such temptations. Biting will expose your lips to germs, which will lead to even more chapped lips and worse sores.


Do not touch your lips
As we go about our day, our hands come in contact with many things carrying germs and bacteria. Avoid touching your lips or pulling the flaky bits of your lips with your fingers to protect yourself from infection and chapped lips.


Do not lick your lips
Adding a bit of saliva gives us a false impression of moisture while in reality, it makes our lips worse. The saliva evaporates fast taking with it whatever moisture your lips have left. So the next time your lips feel a little dry, use a good lip balm instead of licking your lips.


Keep away from the harshness
Do not let the rough weather get to your lips. Use a scarf to hide your lips from the strong winds, dirt, and pollution.

The skin on our lips is very sensitive and so needs regular care. Always keep your lip balm around and use it on regular intervals when you stay outside for a long time. Act at the first signs of chapped lips. Also stay hydrated by drinking water before you get too thirsty.