Why Your Lips are Chapped and How to Fix Them
It doesn’t matter how white and gleaming your teeth are, if your lips are chapped and damaged, your smile will be too. Don’t spend all that time on your teeth only to forget about your lips!
If you’re suffering from dry, chapped lips, keep these top tips in mind.
The most common cause of dry lips is dehydration. Your lips are delicate and may show signs of dehydration sooner than anything else. This is especially common during the winter when we spend more time indoors and drink less water.
You don’t always feel thirsty when you’re dehydrated, so don’t wait for the thirst before you start drinking. Experts recommend that you drink around half a gallon of water a day, but this increases if you exercise or lot or spend a lot of time in the sun, in which case you sweat more and retain less.
Select Your Lip Balm Carefully
Lip balms may be making your lips worse. If they contain only humectants, including glycerin, they can pull moisture out of your lips. These ingredients can be found in most lip balms and while they are problematic on their own, those effects can be offset when used in combination with protective ingredients like shea butter and beeswax.
These ingredients create a barrier to prevent moisture loss. Look for something that contains very few chemical additives and make sure it contains beeswax or shea butter, natural and protective substances.
Check Your Iron Levels
Although rare, chapped lips can be caused by an iron deficiency. Generally, this will be accompanied by other notable effects, including fatigue, headaches, and constant feelings of grogginess.
Women are more prone to this condition than men, especially if they have recently switched to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Don’t despair, however, as there are many food sources and you can also try iron supplementation.
It’s tempting to lick your lips when they’re dry. It’s almost an instinctive act, and one that provides you with some temporary relief. However, it’s one of the worst things that you can do and in many individuals, it is the direct cause of their persistent chapped lips.
Your lips are coated with a protective barrier, but it’s very thin, and when you lick them you remove it, leaving them exposed. Your saliva is packed with strong, digestive enzymes designed to break down your food and neutralize acidity in your mouth. As soon as it hits your lips, it begins to have the same effect and breaks down the fragile protective layer.
This won’t help if you have chapped lips right now and they are showing no sign of healing. But if you’ve had chapped lips for a long time and they are showing some signs of recovery, it could be time to exfoliate and remove the dead skin that has built up over time.
If not, you may slow the healing process and your lips will be left feeling dry and gritty. Check out the Snow Lip Care range to benefit from an instantly soothing, exfoliating, sugar-based scrub.
You can seriously damage your lips without realizing it. If this happens, they may stay dry and chapped for days, if not longer. One of the most common causes of lip damage is improper use of a teeth whitening kit. That’s why, when you purchase a complete SNOW Teeth Whitening Kit, you will find lip protectors and moisturizers, as well as the aforementioned exfoliators.
This ensures that every aspect of your smile is taken care of. Just use the exfoliators and moisturizers as instructed, follow the teeth whitening process, and you’ll have silky-smooth lips and bright white teeth in no time!
Stay hydrated, stop licking your lips, be careful when using lip balm and your lips will stay that way.-