Smooth Lips All Winter!
The holidays are just around the corner, and with them come many gifts. Unfortunately, one of those also happens to be dry and cracked lips.
As temperatures drop, more and more people are suffering from splitting lips, which is not only painful, but can also lead to other skin problems and health complications you don't want.
But don't worry - there are ways to prevent your lips from drying before they crack for good.
In this blog we discuss dry and cracked lips, what causes them, and how you can prevent them today!
WHAT ARE DRY LIPS?
Your lips may seem different from the skin on the rest of your body, and that's because they are. In fact, the skin on your lips is thinner than the rest of your body's skin. (1)
This may be awesome for saying your name and for tasting your favorite food, but this makes you vulnerable in the cold and winter months.
What's worse is that your lips get even thinner as you age due to the natural slowdown in your body's production of collagen, which only makes the situation worse. (2)
FUN FACT: Your lips have millions of nerve endings. This makes them extra sensitive to the cold and dry air of winter! (2) (3)
Ever notice that you don't sweat or get any pimples on your lips? This is because your lips don't have oil glands. This makes them unable to naturally defend themselves against the weather - even warm weather. (4)
And your lips also lack adequate amounts of melanin, meaning your lips are extra vulnerable to UV rays when you do go outside. (2)
But your lips aren't simply an annoyance waiting to crack. They're incredibly important for your overall bodily health.
Lips contain a complex network of muscles that scientists are just beginning to crack. These muscles enable you to talk, laugh, eat, kiss, and apply ALL-NATURAL LIP BALM! (5)
And as far as why they're so important, the millions of nerve endings in your lips enable you to enjoy your senses and be warned of potential danger, making them essential to keep protected and healthy. (2)
WHAT CAUSES DRY LIPS
In addition to the cold weather, there are other causes of dry and cracked lips you need to be mindful of.
One of these causes is licking your lips. Licking your lips can cause your lips to become dry and cracked. This is because saliva contains special digestive enzymes that cause your lips to become even more sensitive to the cold.
This damage is then compounded when your saliva evaporates, leaving your lips even dryer than before, and more at risk of cracking. (6)
FUN FACT: We eat 70% of the products we apply to our lips, so use only ALL-NATURAL products that are safe for your skin and body! (7)
Sun damage also causes dry and cracked lips. And you don't have to be outside long, either. (8)
The reason is that your lips lack the outer layer of your epidermis called the stratum corneum, which is a necessary part of your skin responsible for protecting you from the environment and preventing dehydration. (7)
And beware if your lips are scaly and feel like sandpaper in addition to being dry. This may be a sign of pre-cancerous growths. As always, consult your doctor if you have any questions about your health. (9)
DRY LIPS AND THE COLD
Now that we've covered some of the lesser-known causes of dry lips, let's talk about the dangerous effects of winter.
Aside from an obvious drop in temperature, the lack of humidity in winter causes lips to become dry and cracked. When you combine that with the lack of sebaceous glands on your lips, the winter can be a really tough time for the skin on your lips. (10)
The winter also sucks up the moisture outside AND indoors when you're trying to warm up, which leads to skin that flakes and splits over time. (11)
FUN FACT: Indoor heating causes dry lips, so don't forget to MOISTURIZE all day long, even when spending the day by the fire! (12)
Severe cases of dry lips are actually classified as another condition called cheilitis, which pertains to varying degrees of dryness. (13)
Cheilitis can be acute or chronic, and its symptoms can actually stretch to the skin surrounding your lips as well. (14)
If you have moderate swelling, now's the time to take action to prevent yourself from drying out or cracking further. Use an ALL-NATURAL LIP BALM to keep your lips moist and prevent cheilitis from taking hold.
First, when going outside, remember to protect your lips at all costs.
This means you should NEVER go outside without applying ALL-NATURAL LIP BALM.
And not just once, either. The Mayo Clinic recommends applying lip balm many times to ensure your lips are protected from dryness and cracking. (16)
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Another way you can protect your lips from drying out and cracking is by staying hydrated. Drinking water prevents dehydration, which shows itself in the form of dry and cracked lips. (17)
Indoor heating can also be a problem in the winter, so it's best to use a humidifier in your home to put back some of the moisture you lose when indoors, when your lips really need it. (16) (17)
Now let's check out a few other ways you prevent your lips from drying and cracking this winter:
As mentioned before, don't lick your lips. Licking your lips only adds to the drying process and the decrease in moisture on your skin. (16)
Another way to protect your lips this winter is by using a GENTLE FACE WASH. This which will help exfoliate and hydrate your lips, preventing dryness and cracking. (18)
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