Winter means hot chocolate and cosying up on the couch in front of a toasty fire – divine! It’s also, however, the season for dry skin. The reason that our skin is more prone to dryness as the weather gets cold is that the air tends to be drier, depending on where you live. Also, the use of indoor heaters can dry out the air even more. One area that undoubtedly suffers the most is our lips due to the thinner skin in this area. This is why you need a lip balm that can keep you comfortable all season long.
A good way to show your lips some love this winter (and always) is to regularly apply a layer of lip balm. There are several ingredients that make up these products that can keep this delicate skin moisturised and chap-free and your skin’s protective barrier healthy.
Some of the best ones to look out for if you want soft, pillowy lips include:
Lanolin: This is derived from sheep’s wool and is an occlusive that prevents moisture from evaporating from your lips.
Petroleum jelly: A product deemed safe by dermatologists, it forms a protective layer to trap moisture to keep skin soft.
Beeswax: Not only does this ingredient have anti-inflammatory properties, but it also keeps lips hydrated by locking in moisture.
Shea and cocoa butter: Both of these are popular because they are rich in skin-nourishing vitamin E and help with healing.
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Besides using an effective lip balm, other ways you can prevent dry lips this winter are:
- Staying hydrated. If you struggle to drink water when the weather is cold, drink hot water garnished with a slice of lemon.
- Investing in a humidifier. This will counteract the air-drying effects of climate control and heaters.
- Use a lip scrub once or twice a week to keep your lips smooth by removing any loose, flakey skin.
- Try to avoid licking your lips if they are feeling dry by keeping a balm in your handbag for regular touch-ups.
Make sure that your pout stays smooth and moisturised this winter. Shop nourishing lip balms online or at your nearest Edgars store.