Avoid Dry, Flaking Lips With These Easy Tips

Woman applying chapstick to dry lips Avoid Dry, Flaking Lips With These Easy Tips

When cold weather comes around, dry skin rashes aren't the only thing you need to worry about. Chapped lips are just as big of an annoyance. If you want to prevent dry, flaky lips, these easy tips should help you out.

How to Avoid Dry Lips

Moisturize Your Lips Frequently

When you want to prevent dryness and flakiness anywhere on your body, moisturizing is paramount. The same is true for your lips! Moisturizing your lips frequently can help protect them from the elements and keep them looking smooth and supple. That means having a good lip balm on hand is absolutely essential. When you're shopping for a good lip moisturizer, make sure you look for ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter. These ingredients are excellent at adding moisture to your lips and helping your lips retain that moisture. If you have an eczema cream you use on your face, make sure you're applying it to the area immediately around your lips, as well.

Exfoliate Your Lips Regularly

When you think about exfoliating, you might stop with the skin on your face. It might seem weird to think about exfoliating your lips, but the truth is that they require a good exfoliation every once in a while just like the rest of your face. Dead skin cells can build up on and around your lips just as easily as they can on the rest of your skin. When there's too much buildup on your lips, they can't properly absorb moisture from the amazing lip balm you just invested in. Fortunately, exfoliating your lips gently isn't too tough. There are plenty of lip scrubs out there that can help you exfoliate regularly, but it’s important to be careful with these scrubs. The skin on your lips is delicate, which means you should only be using high-quality scrubs designed specifically for your lips. If you're not sure which products are safest for lip exfoliation, make sure you speak with your dermatologist. They can recommend products that will help you get the job done safely and effectively. Just make sure you're not skipping this vital step in your lip care routine!

Be Mindful of the Products You Put on Your Lips

Whether you love makeup or only wear it once in a while, you've likely at least tried out a liquid lipstick before. While these products look amazing on the lips, they can also dry them out rather quickly. This is especially true of liquid-to-matte lipsticks, because many of these products contain some form of alcohol which dehydrates the skin. When you apply a liquid-to-matte lipstick, it needs to dry quickly for that mattifying effect. Alcohol is typically the primary ingredient helping it do that. If you still want to use these products, make sure to moisturize your lips before application and after removal. These lipsticks may look amazing, but they could damage the skin on your lips if you're not careful.

Caring for your lips is an essential part of your normal skincare routine. If you want to know how best to care for the skin on your lips, don't hesitate to set up an appointment at North Pacific Dermatology Specialists today.

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