Chapped lips are the scourge of the winter season. By mid-winter, we're either biting off the dead skin, brushing away flakes, or giving up and accepting that we're just going to have to save the matte liquid lipstick for March. Even if you do take the initiative and stock up on your favourite balm, you might find that it's still not enough – because it's not.
There are other, sneaky factors making your chapped lips worse, and you won't find the solution in a tube. Read on for 5 things that are making your chapped lips worse, to help you prevent it and keep hydrated lips all winter long!
SKIN CARE: 5 THINGS THAT MAKE CHAPPED LIPS WORSE
WEARING LIPSTICK 24/7
If you're one of those people who can't be seen without your signature red lipstick, we apologize in advance. Lip colour is not exactly a priority in the winter months, since if you have chapped lips, you need re-up on the balm whenever you head outdoors. Wear balm while you sleep and also apply before stepping outside to protect the lips – then, you can always apply a colour once you arrive wherever you're going!
TOO MUCH SCRUBBING
If you've ever peeled dead skin off your lips, you probably know the value of a good lip scrub. But if you're using it on a nightly basis, you're actually worsening the situation. Exfoliate your lips once per week, or else you may risk irritating your lips and making them even drier.
DOUBLING DOWN ON BALM
Believe it or not, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. If your lips are under a constant layer of heavy lip balms, you could be doing more harm than good. Constant use of lip balms may initially help your lips, but they may interfere with the ability for your lips to function properly. Dryness sends a signal to your lips that they need to produce more moisture. If you're layering on lip balm all the time, you could lose those cues and your lips won't produce as much oil as they should – kicking off a cycle of chapped lips.
LICKING YOUR LIPS
This may seem obvious: If your lips feel dry and you're stuck without your go-to balm, moistening your lips by licking them seems like it could be a decent fallback. Unfortunately, licking your lips if they're dry just makes the problem much worse. Not only does it lead to increased dryness, but it can lead to a type of eczema if you do it excessively.
USING THE WRONG FORMULA
That lip-plumping balm isn't doing you any favours, since many of the formulas contain irritating ingredients. Cooling lip products that contain ingredients like menthol or camphor can cause skin inflammation and dryness. Opt for fragrance and flavour-free formulas because the more basic it is, the better off you'll be.