Tips for preventing and treating chapped lips during winter
THE appearance of chapped lips usually starts during the cold winter season. Lips may appear cracked, dry and sore. Cold weather isn't the only cause for dry, chapped lips. Licking or biting your lips, sunburn, an undiagnosed allergy or dehydration are all potential causes. Some tips from board-certified dermatologists at the American Academy of Dermatology to help:
Choose non-irritating lip products
Look for lip balms, lipsticks or lip products that contain castor seed oil, ceramides, dimethicone or mineral oil. Make sure your product is fragrance-free or hypoallergenic. Avoid ingredients like camphor, menthol and eucalyptus as these can be irritating.
Apply your lip balm throughout the day
If your lips are very dry and cracked apply a thick ointment like petroleum jelly.
Protect your lips outdoors
Apply a lip balm with SPF30 or higher. Look for one with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Re-apply every two hours.
Keep your skin hydrated
Drink plenty of water. Don't lick, bite, or pick at your lips. If your dry, chapped lips don't heal, consult a dermatologist.