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Prepare for Winter: How To Get Rid of Chapped Lips

Have you been struggling with dry lips as the seasons change? In summer, dry air combined with extra UV rays can damage lips leaving them sore and cracked. In the winter, the constant change from cool air outside to dry, warm air inside can also leave your lips feeling worse for wear. Painful and dry lips can leave you feeling self-conscious, so to help you solve the problem once and for all, we’ve put together a great guide on how to get rid of chapped lips.


Protection

Think you’ve tried all the methods under the sun for how to get rid of chapped lips? Don’t forget the basics – avoid touching or picking at your lips and try not to lick them. Instead, apply a lip balm or moisturizer. During the winter, try wrapping a scarf around your lips to protect them from harsh, drying winds. In the summer, make sure you use sunscreen or lip-balm with an SPF factor. When washing your face in the morning and evenings, apply a layer of lip balm or petroleum jelly to prevent the cleanser from washing away your lip’s natural protective oils.

Drinking lots of water all year round will not only help to keep your lips moisturized but the rest of your skin as well, leaving you with clear, soft skin. If you can, try to avoid eating spicy or citrusy foods which can leave your lips feeling sore and chapped.

Removing Dead Skin

A build-up of dead skin on chapped lips can make it difficult to repair them. Before treating dry lips, dead skin can be gently removed in a number of ways. Take a clean washcloth and hold it under warm water. Ring it out then gently rub the washcloth over your lips. A new, soft toothbrush can also be used, starting at the corners of your lips then working towards the centre.

For a great natural method of exfoliating your lips, mix a teaspoon of olive or vegetable oil with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Apply the paste to your lips, gently rubbing it in, and then rinse with cool water.

Caring for chapped lips

Once you’ve removed any dead skin, you can start to really care for your lips. Applying a moisturizing lip balm regularly (especially after eating and drinking) is a great way to keep your lips looking smooth and can provide instant relief from irritation and pain. Aloe Vera gel, regularly rubbed on the lips, is also great for soothing sore lips and smoothing the skin. For quick relief, try taking a slice of cucumber and holding it onto your lips for a few minutes.

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