Have you lost those luscious lips? That irresistible pout has disappeared? And in their place are dry and cracked lips that look like they are flaking and peeling away?
And although you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is just a problem to worry about in winter, you would be wrong. The sun’s harsh rays can cause your lips to be dry as can the blasting cold air from your air conditioning. So, it pays to take care of your lips all year round. Unlike the rest of your body, your lips do not produce any natural oils which means they are more prone to drying out and cracking. The skin on your lips is also quite delicate so another reason why they will peel or crack when exposed to the harsh elements. And they can be quite painful and if you pick at the peeling skin, this will cause bleeding which will then scab up and look awful! So what can be done to help avoid the irritation of cracked, dry lips?
Firstly, work from the inside first. Stay hydrated! For most of us, this is a no brainer. But come the winter months or if you are in aircon all day, it is easy to not drink enough water to be sufficiently hydrated. You get busy and you are not hot so you can forget to drink your minimum of 8 glasses. Keep your water bottle close by and keep drinking. Secondly, make sure you are getting enough Zinc, Iron and B vitamins.
Get the full article on May’s issue.