With the summer now behind us and fall and winter bringing with it months of colder weather, it’s time to think about protecting the face and lips from the harsher elements.
Wind, winter sunshine and falling temperatures are all major factors in chapped, cracked and dry lips which need extra protection and moisturization at this time of year.
How do I know if my lips are cracked?
If you’re suffering from especially dry lips which are showing signs of cracks in the corners of your mouth and on the lips’ surface, then you have chronically dry, chapped lips.
Other symptoms include peeling skin, which can lead to bleeding in extreme cases. If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms you need a product that will soothe, moisturize and nourish, repairing the sensitive thin skin area and returning lips to their natural softness and suppleness.
Look for an added SPF
Looking for a lip balm or lip salve which has a high sun protection factor may not be the first thing on your mind during this season, but remember UVA and UVB is still strong, even when the temperature starts to fall. Lips can be just as susceptible to the sun’s ageing, damaging rays when it’s cold as when it’s hot.
Opt for something with at least an SPF of 15 if you are spending prolonged time outdoors, for example, walking, doing water sports or traditional winter sports, such as skiing. All these activities expose your face and lips to the elements so it is essential you protect your lips, otherwise you could suffer from wind and sun burn.
The richer the better
Choose a product which is rich and thick and has good staying power. You don’t want to have to reapply it every five minutes. Equally it shouldn’t be too oily or greasy as such products have a tendency to slide straight off your lips. Go for something that is light, yet nourishing, sheer yet ultra-protective.
A healthy diet for healthier lips
It’s not just what you put on your lips that count; it’s equally important to ensure what you’re eating and drinking is nutritious and healthy and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals that your skin needs.
Remember, your lips are part of your skin too, and your skin is your largest organ, so feeding it with plenty of fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and protein and keeping it hydrated with water and juices will help a great deal. Avoiding too much sugar, alcohol and caffeine, which drain the body of fluids, leading to dehydration, is a good idea too.
Over-exposed lips are unhappy lips
Lips that are constantly exposed to the extremes of hot and cold are not healthy lips, so try to avoid over-exposure to extreme sunlight , the cold and wind. And remember your lips are in danger of drying and cracking when indoors too – through harsh heating and strong air conditioning. These all contribute to an overall lack of hydration, which is the number one cause of problem lips.
Best Lip Balm for Cracked Lips
Our top three recommendations for turning cracked lips into smooth, soft lips all winter long:
Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy SPF 20
This product offers a daily hydration therapy which is clinically proven to reduce lip dryness in just 3 days – restoring lips to a visibly healthier state. It helps to prevent sunburn thanks to its high sun protection factor – SPF 20.
Neosporin Lip Health Daily Hydration Therapy with SPF20, 0.35-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 2)
Fushi Hydrating Lip Balm for Cracked, Dry Lips.
This product is great for those who prefer a natural alternative to treating dry lips. It is 100% natural and is also suitable for vegetarians. It doesn’t contain any artificial colorants or parabens nor artificial fragrances or petrochemicals. It treats dry lips with its rich, soothing formula which is applied directly from the pot with a finger.
Hydrating Lip Balm for cracked dry lips
Bioderma Atoderm Lip Balm for Chapped, Dry and Damaged Lips.
This is a highly restorative product which cares and soothes damaged lips instantly. Its patented natural complex DAF formula increases the skin’s tolerance to harsh conditions, offering a rich-textured which leaves lips comforted, softened and supple.
Bioderma Atoderm Lip Balm for Chapped, Dry and Damaged Lips 15 Ml