How to Get Rid of Dry Skin on Lips
Dry skin on the lips is a common problem. Chapped lips usually result from quick changes in temperature, according to New York dermatologist Dr. Doris Day in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America." Your skin suffers when you go from your warm office to your cold car or from your air-conditioned home to a hot and humid environment. Learn how to get rid of chapped lips, which often result in bleeding and a flaky appearance.
Wash your face with lukewarm water to avoid drying out your skin. Avoid washing your face with extremely hot water. Bathing and washing with hot water is a key cause of dry skin, according to Day.
Exfoliate your lips using a gentle facial exfoliator. Make exfoliation an important part of your facial skin care regimen. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells and promotes the regeneration of new skin.
Apply a thick layer of moisturizer containing shea or cocoa butter to your lips. Moisturizers that contain these ingredients can help treat and prevent the appearance of dry and chapped skin, according to Good Housekeeping.
Use beeswax lip balm containing SPF to your lips before you go outside. Lip balms that contain beeswax provide the best results, according to Day. Beeswax helps lock in hydration.
Avoid long-lasting lipsticks. Such products tend to dry out your delicate lip skin, according to Day. Add clear lip gloss if you must use a long-lasting lipstick--this will help hydrate your lips.
Don't lick your lips--this dries out the skin on your lips. It's also a vicious cycle--the more you wet your lips, the more you'll want to lick them to maintain a coating of moisture.
Use a humidifier during cold, dry weather. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which helps soothe your dry skin.
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