5 Simple Tips for Battling Cracked Lips

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 Lips get dry all time especially during the cold weather. Cracked lips, dry or sore lips are common in cold weather. At one point or the other you always want to get rid of this situation, so these are the simple tips to get rid of Cracked lips:

1. Never lick your lips. When your lips are chapped, avoid the temptation to always lick them or pick at them. These two common habits just make the situation worse. Licking your lips may provide temporary relief, but as the saliva on your lips evaporates, it dries out your lips. Picking at the skin on your lips may lead also to bleeding.

2. Drink plenty of water. Having 8-10 glasses of water per day is ideal. When your body is dehydrated, it often shows first in your lips. Drinking plenty of water helps to provide moisture to the lips. The more water, the better!

3. Exfoliate your lips. Before applying any sort of ointment, always get rid of the dead skin layer using exfoliation method. This will expose the fresh skin and help your lips start to heal. Don’t rub your lips too harshly because that could worsen the situation.  In trying to exfoliate, you can try out one of the following;

  •         Use a salt or sugar scrub. Apply the scrub gently on your lips in a circular motion on your lips to remove the dead skin layer
  •  Use an exfoliating brush.  All you have to do is take a clean tooth brush and rub it gently all over lips in a circular motion to remove the dead skin layer.

4.  Apply an ointment. Many lip balm you use to heal cracked lips may contain ingredients such as camphor or petroleum jelly which may provide temporary relief to lips but at the end it will actually dry out your lips even more and forcing you to reapply them again and again.
     Never choose a lip balm that contain a long list of ingredient you can’t pronounce rather look for a lip balm that contains beeswax, sheabutter, coconut butter, almond oil, or other natural moisturizers.

5.  Apply oils. Oils can also serve as natural moisturizers for lip treatment, all you have to do is just to rub a little on your lips to provide moisture and protection from further damage. Here are some examples:
     

  •  Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Rosehip oil

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