Keep Your Lips Soft And Healthy This Winter With These 15 Easy Tips

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At times, Winter can be a royal pain in the you know what. Cold temps, snow and the dry air can really take a toll on your body.

Don’t get us wrong, Winter has a ton of awesome highlights as well. But there’s one little thing that happens in winter that everyone hates: chapped, dry, flaky lips.

If you deal with chapped, dry, flaky lips have no fear! There are a few ways that you are able to keep your lips happy throughout the Winter season!

via – LittleThings

1. Put On Lip Balm Before Washing Your Face

Your facial cleanser might be drying out your lips, especially if it’s for oilier skin types.

To protect your lips from getting over-dried, apply a lip balm before washing your face.

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2. Use Almond Oil

Almond oil is super-moisturizing, and it’s also full of Vitamins A and E. Apply it to your lips nightly for a deep and nourishing conditioner.

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3. Invest In A Humidifier

Heating will dry out your air — and your skin. A humidifier kept on at night will keep your skin hydrated.

If you don’t have one, holding your face over some steaming water once a day will do the same thing. Just be careful with boiling water.

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4. Cucumbers Are Your Friends

Cucumber slices aren’t just for relieving puffiness. A slice on dry, chapped, and sore lips will relieve and hydrate them.

Simply cut a thin slice and hold it to your lips for about five minutes to soothe them.

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5. Exfoliate Your Lips

To safely get rid of rough skin on your lips, try a lip exfoliator.

Remember, the skin on your lips is more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face, so a regular facial exfoliator may be too harsh.

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6. Don’t Lick

Licking dry lips seems like it would help, but it actually makes things worse.

Enzymes in your saliva, which are used to break down food, will actually dry out your skin even faster. So don’t do it!

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7. Breathe Through Your Nose

This seems like a no-brainer, but if you’re engaged in physical activity, especially outside, it’s easy to start panting through your mouth. And that dries out your lips.

If you know you’re going to be gulping air, put on a lot of moisturizer first.

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8. Don’t Pick

If you have flaky skin on your lips, picking at it will only make it worse, and can lead to cuts, bleeding, and soreness.

If you have to get rid of it, buff it gently away with your exfoliator or a toothbrush, and apply moisturizer immediately after.

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9. Use Sunblock

Sun damage dries out skin, and your lips are no exception. If you’re going to be outside, opt for a lip balm with SPF included.

If your lips are already burned, SPF can irritate them, though. So in that case, opt for aloe vera instead to soothe them.

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10. Beeswax Is Your Friend, Too

A lip balm with beeswax is great way to protect your lips and keep them smooth and soft. It serves as a barrier between your skin and the elements.

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11. Drink Plenty Of Water

If your body is hydrated inside, it will be hydrated outside, too. Drinking plenty of water isn’t just good for your lips, either, but for your whole body.

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12. Watch What You Eat

If your lips are chapped, certain foods can irritate them further. Foods like citrus fruits, acidic or salty foods, and spicy sauces should be avoided if your lips are sensitive.

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13. Bundle Up

Wrap a scarf around your nose and mouth and button up your collar when out in the cold and wind. This will protect your skin from the harsh weather, and it will prevent your nose from getting dry, too.

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14. Pull Out The Big Guns

If your lips are really chapped, get some lip balm with ceramides. These special chemicals are super-hydrating and restore lost moisture while providing a protective layer.

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15. Go Shiny

If you wear makeup, choose a shiny lipstick or gloss over a matte to disguise rough, chapped lips. For extra smoothness, use a lip conditioner before applying lipstick.

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