It’s time to pucker up! When we think of taking care of our body, we usually remember the obvious (eat well, exercise, wear sunscreen, etc.) but we often neglect the small stuff such as our lips. Don’t forget your lip care when seasons change and the air temperature starts shifting. Protect your lips!
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3 Ways to Protect Your Lips
I apply my lip-gloss in the morning and chapstick before bed, but other than that, they are out of my mind. As Spring and Fall hits, some windy and cold days will make my lips very dry. This can be avoided! Learn some interesting lip facts and ways to protect them year-round.
It is a little known fact that dehydration can cause dry lips. It makes sense when you think about it. Without moisture, living things shrivel up and dry out. Make sure you are getting 8-10 glasses of water a day to provide your lips with the moisture needed to look their best. And as an added bonus, your skin will look great, too!
Licking Lips vs. Lip Balm
When our lips are dry, we feel the need to cover them with something. In the absence of chap-stick, lipstick, or lip gloss, we have a tendency to lick them. While it provides immediate relief, it is actually doing more harm than good. The enzymes in saliva cause them to become more dry and cracked. You are working against yourself! A better alternative is to stock up on lip balm and use it! This creates a barrier between your lip membranes and the outside air and works to seal the moisture in.
We protect our skin with sunscreen and wear sunglasses to shield our eyes but what about our lips? This part of the body is actually more susceptible to sunburns due to the lack of melanin (the pigment that protects against harmful rays). To protect your lips, be sure to use a chapstick with SPF 30 when heading into the sun. Interestingly, some dermatologists believe that the shiny nature of lip gloss actually concentrates the sun’s rays on your lips. So, even if you are a lip gloss girl, like me, you should make the switch to chap-stick when in the sun.
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Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body. Give them the attention they need by drinking enough water and pucker up for that SPF chap-stick!
It is also important to note that chronic dry lips should not be ignored as they can signify a serious health problem. You should see your doctor for persistent lip conditions.