Lips have a significant impact on your appearance and may be an indicator of your health! But they require special care because the skin on the lips is thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of the body, and because they are more exposed to a variety of environmental factors, simple things can cause cracking or chapped lips
Luckily, you can treat chapped lips with lip balm and a few simple methods.
Are chapped lips common?
Yeah, they are common and can affect anyone, however children and teens who lick their lips are most likely to have chapped lips, which can cause a rash around the mouth.
- Cold or hot weather
- dry air
- Licking your lips
- Having some diseases such as allergies, thyroid disorder, and some autoimmune disorders
- Iron deficiency or vitamin B deficiency
Tips for treating chapped lips
They can be treated by following some tips such as:
- Staying hydrated
- Avoiding licking your lips
- Avoiding holding foreign objects such as pens or jewelry with your lips
- Using a lip balm
How to choose a suitable lip balm?
Choose a lip balm with a sun protection factor, without perfume, and containing petroleum jelly, glycerin, and some oils, such as castor seed oil. And avoid choosing lip balms that contain perfumes, menthol, or eucalyptus oil.
How often should I apply lip balm?
You can apply lip balm as needed throughout the day when you notice your lips are dry. However, there are some times when it is best to use or reapply lip balm, such as:
- Before bed to keep your lips moisturized throughout the night
- After eating and drinking
- When you are outdoors every two hours and use a lip balm that has a sun protection factor of 30 or higher
When will I feel better?
Regular application of lip balm will relieve discomfort until your lips recover. Most cases need two or three weeks to fully recover however the time required to treat the lips varies depending on the severity of the condition. For example, if you treat chapped lips as soon as you notice a problem, your lips will heal faster and help you avoid potential complications such as infection.
How to prevent chapped lips?
Adding lip care to your daily routine will definitely help. You can:
- Apply lip balm with SPF before going outside
- Use a lip balm before bed and when you wake up
- Always keep a lip balm with you to use when needed