Cold and miserable, winter is generally no fun. Worse still when the harsh weather dries out your skin, causing chapped lips which are painful and unappealing.
Besides the bleakness of winter, though, other factors can leave your lips a little wrecked. These include biting your lips, licking, or constantly touching your lips (you’re transferring bacteria from your hands, stop right now!), and dehydration. Some types of make-up could also aggravate your skin, so check if that lipstick that you love is the culprit.
What to do? Here are simple ways you can battle winter’s worst using simple home remedies.
Blast the dryness. Combine half a teaspoon of sugar with a dab of coconut oil and “brush” over your lips. This is a quick and efficient solution to exfoliate away the dryness while moisturising your lips at the same time. You can also get great results with a sugar and honey mixture.
Sun gets your lips too, so make sure you apply sunblock on your lips. Even better, invest in a lip balm that has a strong SPF. Remember, the winter sun is just as harsh as the summer sun.
Kiss clever. Okay, we understand it’s cold, and you want snuggles with your main squeeze but watch out for cold sores or fever blisters. These are small red blisters with a white centre which crop up on or around the lips. They can also be found inside the mouth, but this is less common. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes simplex virus type 1. Ideally, infection with HSV 1 or 2 can be prevented by stopping a child from kissing or touching someone with a noticeable cold sore. However, in practice, this is almost impossible as someone without symptoms can transmit the virus anyway. Avoid sharing eating utensils, particularly cups if possible. Sun exposure triggers cold sore recurrences in many people, so use a high factor sunscreen when outside. If the sore is caught very early, then an antiviral ointment will help.
Water wise. Drink up for healthy lips. Water isn’t just great for glowing skin; it keeps your lips fresh and hydrated too. Go easy on the coffee and teas, and choose water instead. FYI: one of the symptoms of dehydration is chapped and dry lips.
Smart lipstick. Give the matt look a miss for the cold season and try creamy lipsticks instead. Your lips will stay moisturised all season long and thank you for the kindness!
- Aim to exfoliate your lips at least once a week.
- Don’t lick your lips; it’s terribly drying.
- Don’t share lip balms and lipsticks (the easy way to pick up germs and bacteria).