Dreading the mistletoe this year because of dry, flaky, split, chapped lips? Cold, dry, and windy winter air wreaks havoc on your lips, where the skin is thin and delicate.
Here are four tips to get mistletoe-worthy lips:
- Apply lip balm with lanolin or beeswax which creates a protective barrier, sealing in moisture on your lips. Balms containing glycerin actually help further by drawing moisture into your dried out lips. If you wear lipstick, apply the balm first, then apply a moisturizing lipstick. Re-apply throughout the day, especially at first sign of dryness.
- Avoid flavored balms as they often contain cinnamates, which are flavorings that can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Plus, tasty balms may lead you to lick your lips — saliva is irritating to your already chapped lips and quickly evaporates, further drying them.
- If you’re skiing this winter, then be sure your lip balm has UV protection, with an SPF of at least 15. UV rays are more potent at higher altitudes, and UV light is reflected off of snow.
- For deeply cracked or split lips, use a bland ointment such as Aquaphor Healing Ointment or Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Apply liberally before bedtime, as lips tend to dry out from the heat in your bedroom.