How to take care of Dry and Chapped Lips?

Face is index of mind, and the lips are the most important part of face. Hydrated, pink and full lips are signs of good health. Your lips may become dry and chapped because of multiple reasons. Some of the most common ones are dry, cold and windy weather; lip licking or picking; nutritional deficiencies smoking; allergy to the lip care products or lipsticks you are using, or simply not consuming enough fluids.

If you suffer from dry and chapped lips, here are some basic things you may follow:

  1. Stop licking, biting, and picking your lips. Once the lips become dry, one gets into the habit of licking them repeatedly to keep them moist, but that further worsens the condition as the saliva contains lots of enzymes which digest the skin cells, impairing the integrity of the lip surface even more.
  2. Use non-irritating lip balm, lipstick, and other products that you apply to your lips. If you feel any tingling, stinging or burning sensation after applying any lip products, that indicates that you are irritating your lips, and that product should be discontinued immediately
  3. The lip balm should be applied several times a day and especially before bed.
  4. Sun exposure can burn the chapped lips more easily, which in turn can trigger formation of cold sores. So while going out preferably use a non-irritating lip balm with SPF of 30 or more. Lip balms containing minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide broad spectrum sun protection. Such products should be chosen, and applied every 2 hours when outside the home. 
  5. Avoid holding items made of metal with your lips like paperclips or jewellery. These items contain nickel which can irritate your already sensitive lips.
  6. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  7. Quit smoking

If after following all this advise, still your problem persists, or you develop any sores or rashes or swelling of your lips, kindly visit the nearest qualified dermatologist for complete assessment and management.

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