Unfortunately for some, we are in the heart of winter which means that your skin is drying out and your lips are likely chapped. If you have chapped lips due to either the weather or chronic dry mouth (xerostomia), chapstick alone won’t help you to restore the moisture to your lips. From drinking more water to using a lip scrub, this article will discuss a few of the ways that you can get your chapped lips feeling and looking smoother in virtually no time at all. Read on to learn more.
Drink More Water
The best thing that you can really do for your chapped lips is to drink more water. Typically caused by dehydration, chapped lips are lacking the moisture they need. Try carrying around a reusable water bottle with you for at least a few days— this will be a friendly reminder to yourself to continuously be drinking more water.
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Avoid the Outdoors
The wind and the sun are two leading culprits in giving you those nasty chapped lips. If you have been spending a lot of time outside this winter doing things like skiing or snowshoeing, consider taking a break to help keep your lips moisturized. And if you do have to spend time outside, make sure that you are wearing a chapstick that contains an SPF in it.
Use a Lip Scrub
One of the easiest ways that you can quickly get rid of your chapped lips is to remove the excess skin that is on them. To do so, avoid pulling the skin off of your lips because this could cause them to crack open and bleed. Instead, try using a homemade sugar scrub for your lips— all you need is sugar and honey!
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Having dry, cracked lips is painful, annoying, and not very attractive. To help you combat chapped lips for the rest of the winter, try using the three tips listed above. If you would like to learn more about how you can take better care of your lips and mouth, contact McDowell Dental Group today!