Should my lip care change each season?
Many people have a daily skin care routine for their face, but forget about caring for their lips. The skin on our lips is softer, more sensitive and prone to damage when exposed to external elements. Since lips do not produce oil, they need extra care to stay hydrated.
During the summer, we tend to spend more time outdoors, exposing our lips to dryness, sunburn and sun damage due to heat and UV rays. During the winter, lip care can be even harder to maintain, as lips often bear the brunt of the elements, both indoors and out. Centrally heated homes and offices (which can be particularly dry) and whipping winter winds can take a toll on lips. UV rays can still do damage, even in the cold of winter.
So how can you help your lips weather the seasons? Here are 7 basic summer and winter lip care tips that can be applied year-round:
- Do not lick your lips! Saliva draws moisture out of the lips as it evaporates and only makes the problem worse.
- Drink plenty of fluids—especially water—and stay hydrated.
- Use moisturizing lip balms that will seal in moisture and stay on your lips to help keep your lips hydrated. If you are not allergic to sunscreen, use a product with SPF 15 or higher—not just on sunny days, but every day.
- Lipsticks that are shiny or contain high gloss with little-to-no color can be potentially harmful to lips because they can attract UV rays. Try a triple-layer approach for added protection: apply a lip balm with SPF, followed by a colored lipstick, then finish it off with some shine.
- Use equal parts brown sugar, water, salt and honey to exfoliate your lips and remove any chapped skin.
- Cover your face. In the winter, especially on windy days, make sure you have a scarf or hat with a mask that covers your lips.
- Use a humidifier in dry environments to help moisturize your skin and lips.
Try Classic Lip Balm in the winter and Sun-Protecting Lip Balm in the summer.
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