Cracked lips

Do you know why your lips are cracked, dry and painful? Read here about how to avoid cracked lips, and how to heal them if they are already cracked.

Lips (photo: SXC)

Lips (photo: SXC)

Why do we have cracked lips?

Chapped and cracked lips are one of the unpleasant side effects of winter. But if you have cracked lips, you can not blame only the outer cold, but also the internal heat and dry air heated spaces. Painful and cracked lips can also be caused by many other factors such as a lack of vitamin B, exposure to windy weather, or if you eat very salty foods. Lips can become dry, cracked and sometimes even painful in the winter. If you want to avoid this then we have a few tips. Good care of your lips will make them look shiny, soft, smooth and above all irresistible to kiss.

What not to do in order to avoid cracked lips?

  • Do not moisturize your lips with licking them, because everything will get worse . If you moisturize them with saliva, will only help temporarily, but eventually they will become even more dry.
  • If you use make up, avoid pencil border and several layers of gloss under the lipstick. Even moisturizing lipsticks can dry out the lips, so it is better to apply only rich moisturizing gloss, that will provide protection for your lips.
  • Avoid lip balms and gels containing menthol. We know, it feels cool and calm, but it also dries out your lips.
  • Try not to be exposed to the cold and wind. When you go out you put a scarf over your mouth and also protect your lips from the wind.
  • Avoid salty and spicy foods when you have cracked lips. It will get even worse.
  • Avoid lip products that contain alcohol. Alcohol can sometimes be an ingredient in lipsticks or lip balms, and this will only further dry out already sensitive skin.
Lip balm (photo: SXC)

Lip balm (photo: SXC)

How to care for cracked lips?

  • Before you go to sleep, apply Vaseline (or lip balm) to the lips, that will keep your lips moisture all night long.
  • Every morning, gently rub the lips with a toothbrush or towel to remove dead skin cells.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize the skin around the lips.
  • Moisturize your lips with Shea butter, olive or coconut oil. These oils will absorb into the skin and immediately moisturize and soften you cracked lips.
  • Every hour or two, apply Vaseline to the lips.
  • Vitamin A is very important for the rapid restoration of skin. Vitamin A is in carrots, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, seeds and legumes.
  • Make sure you  drink enough water, and it is recommended that the rooms, where you spend a lot of time, has enough humidified air.
  • Make a peeling form sea salt and honey. The salt will gently exfoliate dead skin cells, honey will moisten your lips and make them shiny and juicy again.
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