tips for avoiding chapped lips during the winter

Tips for avoiding chapped lips during the winter

Dry, chapped lips are a common occurrence during the cold season—but you shouldn’t have to endure them every year. Read on to find out our top tips for avoiding chapped lips during the winter.

Treating dry lips don’t just alleviate your discomfort. It also allows you to enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Nothing puts a damper on your relaxation and family time like the pain of having dry lips. And when you treat chapped lips, you don’t have to worry about what to eat and what not to eat, either.

Best of all? Soft, silky lips are the perfect canvas to the perfect Holiday treat: a newly-contoured lip you can debut at the start of the new year.

Why does winter cause chapped lips?

First things first: understanding why we get chapped lips during winter.

We already know that dehydration and repeated lip licking cause dry lips all year round. But what about when it’s cold? While the abovementioned reasons are still common causes for dry lips, there’s another guilty party.

The brisk, wintry air might be a delightful treat, but it’s also the culprit behind painfully dry lips.

“Dry weather and wind is a common cause,” Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd, dermatologist and founder of Specific Beauty, told Huffington Post.

She explains that the weather also tends to aggravate one other cause of chapped kissers.

“Low humidity increases evaporation from the lips and causes dryness and cracking,” she said.
“Repeated lip licking removes the skin’s natural lipids, which then causes the person to develop a cycle of licking lips to try to relieve the dryness.”

Tips for avoiding chapped lips during the winter

Ever wished you could be a Disney princess? Because we do. Particularly during winter, we’d give anything to be Elsa from Frozen—after all, the cold doesn’t bother her.

Until we get immunity from the cold, however, we can rely on these tips for avoiding chapped lips during the winter.

They’re easy enough to memorize: exfoliate, treat, and maintain.

1. Exfoliate

The first thing we need to do is get rid of the dry, flaky skin. There are several ways to exfoliate your lips, and you can choose whichever suits you best:

  • Brush your lips after brushing your teeth. Make exfoliation part of your nightly routine! Simply use your toothbrush to gently brush your lips once a week.
  • Use your favorite lip scrub. Check out the holiday skin care sales for a lip scrub in a scent that will make you look forward to treating your lips.
  • DIY your scrub. Need to scrub ASAP? Don’t worry—your kitchen probably has everything you need already. Mix one part honey and three parts brown sugar, and voila! Instant DIY scrub.

2. Treat

Now that your skin is free to breathe again, it’s time to give it some loving.

Use lip balm every morning before you put on any lip makeup. This primes your lips for color, as well as prevents them from drying throughout the day.

At night, use a deep moisturizer like coconut oil or a commercial lip repair treatment.

3. Maintain

Remember that skin care is not about how expensive your products are, it’s about how compatible they are with your skin and how religiously you use them.

Exfoliate once a week, and use a lip deep treatment every night. Skin care is about consistency—with the proper dedication, you’ll have beautiful, soft lips in time for Christmas dinner!

Still worried whether or not your lips are primed for your organic lip contouring? Drop us a message, and one of our expert microblading artists will get back to you, stat.

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