To the best of my knowledge, no one has invented lip mittens yet.  So, we’re left to fend for ourselves in the winter battle of dry, cracked, chapped lips.Since moving to the mountains, I’ve noticed my lips are much drier and more sensitive to the cold air; my usual Chapstick routine isn’t working anymore.  Also as we age, our lips have a tendency to chap more easily.

Here are a few things we can do to help prevent chapped, cracked lips, treating them from both the inside and outside.

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  We have a tendency to drink less water and more caffeine, which is dehydrating, when it’s cold outside.
  • Be sure and remove your lipstick completely and apply a natural lip balm before going to bed.
  • Try not to touch your lips with your unwashed hands.  Bacteria from your fingers can lead to infection.
  • Eat foods rich in vitamins A (spinach, kale) and D (salmon, tuna).
  • When shopping for lip care products look for the following ingredients: Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Jojoba Oil. Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Beeswax.  Here are a few suggestions:

Here are some easy-to-do natural home treatments:

  • Heat olive oil and massage it onto your lips
  • Coconut Oil is very good for lips.  Massage on with clean, dry fingers.
  • You can apply honey directly to your lips for a nourishing treatment.
  • Try a 1:1 mixture of olive oil and sugar scrub to exfoliate lips.  Gently rub over lips for 2 minutes and then rinse.  This will nourish your lips and remove dead skin cells.  Apply a natural moisturizer when finished.

What are your favorite cold weather lip care tips?

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