Winter is often the most dreaded time of year for many people. As the cold weather sets in, the danger of chapped lips does too. This is a cause of much anxiety for those who often get chapped lips in the colder months of the year. So the question is, how can we protect our lips in winter? Here are a few tips that can help your lips stay moist and kissable all winter long:
Always wear a protective emollient on your lips. No, not name brand chap sticks, as those are incredibly damaging to your lips and will only make your lips chap more. It's best to wear a natural emollient on your lips, such as lanolin, which allows more moisture in but keeps wind and cold from drying your lips out.
Make sure to drink plenty of water. Even though we often associate drinking more water in the summer time when it's hot, it's just as necessary to drink extra water in the colder months as well. This is because your body expends more energy trying to keep warm, and thus you lose more water. This will make it that much easier for your lips to dry out and crack. Always drink water! Don't forget, six to eight cups a day is the amount your body really needs to maintain optimal health.
It's also a good idea to have a humidifier in major areas of your home and possibly your workplace. Since the air is dryer in winter (in your home or otherwise), your lips and skin will likely constantly be lacking in moisture, which makes it incredibly easy to dry out.
One trick you can do is simply set a pot of water on the stove until the water starts to simmer. The evaporated water will not only help humidify your home, but because it's warm water it'll retain heat better and make the temperature in your home go up, which is a nice bit of comfort during winter (and a money saver as well!).
Winter doesn't have to be a dreaded time of year, once you know how to deal with it. With a little know-how, you can easily make your lips stand out in the winter time just as you can throughout the rest of the year. Hopefully you now have a few extra tools in your arsenal to help get rid of chapped lips this winter. Happy holidays!