Keeping Your Lips Healthy Is Important
By Randi Morse
How often do you pay attention to the health of your lips? While there are some people who take lip health very seriously, there are far more who ignore their lips until they become painfully dry and cracked, which often happens during the winter months. Here are a few things that you can do to keep your lips healthy all year round.
Stay hydrated - There are a number of reasons why you need to make sure your water intake becomes a priority in your life, and the health of your lips is one of them. When you are dehydrated your lips get dry and cracked. Simply upping your fluid intake could go a long way toward helping you to avoid dry and cracked lips.
Exfoliating your lips - Lots of people use an exfoliating scrub on their skin in order to keep it feeling soft and fresh. There are actually a number of ways you can exfoliate your lips. A simple way is to use a damp toothbrush or washcloth and to gently rub any dry skin off of your lips. This also helps by boosting circulation to the area. Another way is to make a homemade lip scrub. There are lots of recipes online, just make sure that any recipe you select uses ingestible ingredients.
Lip balms - There is a lot of controversy about lip balms, with some people saying that they cause more issues than they help and others finding themselves unable to live without them. If you are going to use a lip balm, search for one that contains cocoa butter, coconut oil, or shea butter. These balms give your lips a natural barrier of protection.
Sunscreen - I can't stress enough the importance of sunscreen, it's also important to use a lip balm that has an SPF ingredient in it in order to protect your lips from the sun. Your lips are made up of skin cells, and are as prone to getting sunburned as the rest of your body. Most high-quality lip balms contain an SPF ingredient.
It's exceedingly annoying when lips are in pain because we use them for everything. We talk, chew, and drink using our lips, so when they're dry and cracked it makes everything hurt. A little care and prevention can go a long way toward helping your lips stay healthy!
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