Winter is notorious for its cold, dry, and unforgiving temperatures. Our skin is typically the first to suffer, becoming dry, flaky, and itchy, but our lips aren’t usually far behind. So what do you do when your lips are cracked, dry, and painful and nothing seems to be working? Well there are some different ways you can help to soothe them and bring them back to their summer-time glory when they were soft, plump, and glowing.
Know the Signs
As a student of Bradley University in the nurse practitioner doctorate degree or MSN to DNP online program, you are likely to be extremely busy trying to balance your studies, work, and personal life. Far too often you end up missing things that are going on in your own life, or pushing them aside. A big key to soothing dry lips is being able to recognize the signs of chapped lips, and then jumping on them when they first occur.
Chapped lips can actually have a few different signs. The top symptoms to look for are:
- flaking skin
- cracked skin on the lips
- a feeling of tightness or dryness
- scaly skin
- cracks that are now bleeding
- swelling of the lips
- lipstick peels or flakes off
Any of these symptoms are signs it’s time to do something with your lips and offer them the attention they deserve.
Dry Air Isn’t the Only One to Blame
We naturally jump to the conclusion that in winter our lips are chapped because of the cold dry air that is sucking the moisture from our skin. While this is absolutely true, and is most usually the culprit, there are also some other reasons. Did you know that if you are the type that licks your lips often, you will be at much greater risk of having chapped lips on a regular basis? Each time you lick your lips you are actually taking the moisture out of them. So now is the time to kick this habit to the curb!
What to Do
The great news is that there are a number of things you can do to provide relief to your lips. Keep in mind you’ll need to show a little patience as they heal, plus you will want to stay consistent so they don’t go back to being dry.
You can start by picking up a good quality lip balm. This is one that contains a lot of emollients. You can either purchase a drug store brand or look for something that uses natural ingredients and emollients. If you are looking for a natural solution, pure coconut oil can offer fantastic results and quite quickly. This balm should be applied on a regular basis. If you plan on going outdoors, apply the balm before you go out and then reapply when you come in.
If you are dealing with lips that have deep cracks and/or sores you may want to go the natural route and use honey. Honey features antibacterial agents and it is a moisturizer. Be sure to use pure organic honey and just use a small amount many times a day.
Before long your lips will look and feel great and now you can just focus on maintaining that moisture.