Among the many inconveniences during the winter, dry, chapped lips are the worst, if you ask us. The cold air and low humidity levels make the lips dry, chapped and can also cause them to bleed *ouch*. Simple applying a lip balm during these months also won’t cut it. Your lips require extra TLC during winter and we’re going to teach you exactly how to do just that. Ahead, ways to prevent dry, chapped lips this winter.

 

Exfoliate your lips

Exfoliate your lips

No amount of lip balms or masks can moisturise your lips if they can’t penetrate through the layer of dead skin sitting on your lips. To ensure your lip balm can do its job well, it’s necessary to exfoliate your lips. Use a store-bought lip scrub or make one at home using olive oil and brown sugar. Gently exfoliate your lips with the mixture to slough away dead skin cells.

 

Invest in a good lip balm

Invest in a good lip balm

When it comes to buying lip balms or any other skincare product for that matter, avoid picking something that only smells good. Read the ingredients and choose one that will actually address your concern. The Vaseline Lip Therapy Vitamin E - Original does not contain any artificial fragrance or flavour; therefore making it suitable for everyone, including those with sensitive skin types. Infused with vitamin E, it keeps the lips hydrated for a long time.

 

Apply sunscreen

Apply sunscreen

Applying sunscreen on your lips is really important — yes, even during winter! The skin on your lips is thin and the rays of the sun can easily penetrate through and rob all the moisture, making them look dull, dry and pigmented. Therefore, while applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen like the Ponds Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 30 on your face, don’t forget to apply it on your lips too.

 

Avoid licking your lips

Avoid licking your lips

The winter months tend to leave your lips dry, making you want to lick them to get rid of the dry feeling. However, doing so with only aggravate the issues. How, you ask? Well, the saliva contains digestive enzymes, which are too harsh for the delicate skin on the lip, making them more vulnerable to dry air over time. Persistent licking can lead to chapping, flaking, peeling and even bleeding. So, AVOID!