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Dry Lips: Causes And Tips

While it is common to suffer from dry lips in winter, many people encounter this problem yearly. If this is your case, know that you can fix it with a few simple tips. Here are some ideas to take care of your mouth and avoid having dry lips all year round!

The Causes Of Dry Lips All Year Round

A large part of our body is provided with sebaceous glands. These glands release sebum which lubricates the hair and very intensely limits skin drying. The lips are devoid of them, except in certain cases where the sebaceous glands appear in the form of unsightly and painful pimples called Fordyce spots. This is the reason why they are particularly sensitive to our environment.

They are, therefore, particularly sensitive to our environment. In addition, a 2019 study demonstrated the effects of age on the weakening of the lips. Published in the reference journal Plastic and reconstructive surgery, the results are clear: when the lips age, the soft tissues are affected in their elongation, thinning, and volume.

According to the researchers, several factors are determining this major change. Thus, if the effect of genetics is a predominant cause, the dryness and thinning of the lips are also increased by stress, exposure to the sun, alcohol consumption, and nicotine.

Tips To Fix It

It is possible to delay the process of lip drying by following a simple and relatively undemanding routine.  The first thing to do is to limit exposure to the sun as much as possible. Lips that do not produce melanin are very exposed to UV rays and are particularly sensitive to them. Remember to cover your mouth with your scarf to protect your lips in winter!

Throughout the year, hydrate yourself regularly by drinking 1.5 liters to 2 liters of water daily. Many scientific studies show that proper hydration improves skin and lip health.  A rigorous daily beauty routine must supplement these precautions: for example, apply daily protective care, regardless of the season. We advise you to apply a moisturizing lip balm thrice daily to protect your lips from external aggressions.

What Is The Best Dry Lip Balm?

There are many models of dry lip balm on the market, but how to choose the best ones?  It’s very simple: you have to check the ingredients present in the balm. The best balms for dry lips contain the following ingredients in generous amounts (non-exhaustive list): 

  1. A repairing agent such as bisabolol or shea butter: these 2 components, with anti-irritant properties, can soothe the pain associated with intense dryness of the lips.
  2. Aloe vera or jojoba oil restores the skin’s suppleness due to its moisturizing and emollient properties.
  3. Vegetable waxes (carnauba wax, etc.) or animal waxes (beeswax): wax-based balms protect the lips from natural aggressions and the undesirable effects of UV rays

Beware of balms containing essential oils. Although very effective, they can be allergenic and can even aggravate the problem of dry lips.  Testing a lip balm is the only way to check if it suits your needs. Apply the moisturizing lip balm three times a day for several consecutive days. If you do not notice any significant change, change the balm. (Good to know) the Dermophil Laboratory, an expert in lip care, offers a wide range of organic lip balms suitable for everyone from 3 years old.

How To Nourish Your Dry Lips?

Feeding your lips well daily is the only way to help them become smooth and supple again. Various natural solutions allow, in addition to repairing lip balms, to nourish the lips:

  1. Linseed oil: thanks to its high content of linolenic fatty acids (omega 3), which take their name from this oil, it reinforces the regeneration properties of damaged skin. 
  2. Olive, avocado, macadamia, argan, or sesame oil can also be used as an alternative to flaxseed oil.

How To Moisturize Very Dry Lips?

There are lip care products made up essentially of ingredients of natural origin that make it easy to moisturize the lips: you can, for example, use the Damaged Lip Repair Lip Stick. This stick with strong protective power contains ingredients whose virtues are well known. :

  1. Shea butter, with soothing and moisturizing properties
  2. Organic macadamia oil with nourishing and regenerating properties
  3. Centella Asiatica, “tiger grass,” particularly appreciated in oriental medicine for its therapeutic properties

In addition, several gestures are to be avoided daily:

  1. Moisten your lips all the time: the salivary enzyme has the effect of dehydrating the tissues of the body. Wetting the lips regularly, therefore, does not moisturize them but rather aggravates the problem of dryness;
  2. Breathe through the mouth: the air dries out the tissues. The more your lips are in contact with the air, the more they will dry out;

Tear off small dead skin: even if these small dead skin on the lips can be very annoying, you should never tear them off with your hands or teeth. You risk getting an infection or getting a swollen mouth.

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