Chapped lips gives new meaning to the expressions ” crack smile.” when your lips are sore, red and peeling, even a little grin can crack them wide open. no wonder you feel and look like oscar the grouch. so put those lips back in the pink with these simple tips. they help bring a smile on your face.
1. Try the palm balm solution.
the best way to deal with chapped lip is to avoid the dry, cold the weather that can cause them in the first place. but since heading for the tropics is not too practical for most people, you can head for the drugs store instead.
before you go out- several times while your out- coat your lips with a lip balm. since lips don’t hold anything on them very well. reapply it every time you eat or drink anything or wipe your lips.
2. Use a Sunscreen.
” Remember too that the sun fries lips- anytime of the year.” sun damage to the lips can cause dryness and scaliness, the same way sun can damage the rest of your skin. In in simplest form it can harm the lower lips, which takes the brunt of ultra violet rays. so people should use not just any lip balm but one that contains sunscreen, such as presun 15, chaps stick’s sunblock 15, or eclipse lip protectant.
3. Wear lipstick.
In addition to a sunscreen, a creamy lipstick would help soothe lips that are already chapped. in fact when you wear a lipstick it gives some protection and may help prevent chapping in the first place. because lipsticks is opaque, it filters all light, including harmful invisible light. In addition use of lipstick is one of the reason woman seldom get lip cancer.
4. Soothe and heal.
the danger with chapped lips is that they become infected. to prevent infection, apply an over the counter antibiotic ointment such as bacitracin or polysporin ointment. over the counter hydrocortizone ointment can also help with chapped lips, but they would not prevent infection, if you lips are severely chapped, you may want to used both apply in the morning and apply one at night.
5. B wise.
Nutritional deficiencies- such as those B complex vitamin and iron – can play a part in scaling of the lips. so make sure your ok on the front with a multivitamins supplement.
6. Drink up.
Moisturize your lips from the inside out by drinking additional fluids. other thing also to remember is that when you get age, the ability of your cells to retain moisture decreases, so your dryness problem may actually increase. so drink more water.
7. Mind your own Beeswax.
To my mind, the single best product for chapped lips is Carmex. It’s an old fashioned product that comes in a little tin and contains, among other things, beeswax and phenol, you can buy this in any store.
8. Give toothpaste the brush off.
Allergy and sensitivity to flavoring agents in toothpaste. candy, chewing gum, and mouth wash can caused chapped lips in some other people. the new tartar control toothpaste are even worse at drying the lips than the regular one. so be aware of this. you can also used a toothbrush alone with baking soda on it.
9. Think Zinc.
Some people have a tendency to drool in thier sleep, which can dry out lips or aggregate ones that are already chapped. if that’s a problem, they can apply zinc oxide ointment every night before bed. It acts a barrier to protect the lips.
10. The Udder Alternative.
Here’s another idea from down on the farm. there’s a product called bag balm that the farmer use on cow’s udders when they are sore. you can use that on your lips too. its a petroleum base product and its available in a farm supply store, vet supply store or other some pharmacies and health food stores.
11. Petroleum Jelly.
Hydrate and help to heal The secret to dealing with dry, sore, chapped lips is to find a way to lock in moisture and protect the lips from the cold, dry air Petroleum Jelly is an excellent choice as it forms a protective layer on the lips and penetrates deep down to rehydrate the skin and speed up the its natural renewal process. As the jelly tackles the problem deep down at the source, the outer layers of skin begin to benefit, becoming smoother. With chapped lips, it’s also a good idea to avoid spicy food or citrus drinks, as these could irritate your skin – instead drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.