Winter can be grueling for a variety of reasons. It’s cold. It’s dark.
But there’s one little thing that happens in winter that everyone hates: chapped, dry, flaky lips. The itching, the burning, the peeling — is there anything worse than chapped lips?
Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your lips happy and healthy, even during the coldest parts of the year. After all, when the weather changes, you have to switch up your skin care a bit to account for the changes in humidity, temperature, and sunlight.
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And just like you have to take special care of your skin in winter, you also have to take care of your lips. These 13 simple winter lip care beauty tips for you women will help keep your lips looking and feeling soft and plush even on the bitterest of cold days.
Here Are 13 Simple Lip Care Beauty Tips For Women:
1. Moisturize Your Lips Before Face Wash
Your facial cleanser might be drying out your lips, especially if it’s for oilier skin types. To protect your lips from getting over-dried, apply a lip balm before washing your face.
2. Apply Almond Oil On Lips
Almond oil is super-moisturizing, and it’s also full of Vitamins A and E. Apply it to your lips nightly for a deep and nourishing conditioner.
3. Avoid Long-Lasting Lipsticks
Most long-lasting lipsticks and glosses have ingredients that dry out lips. This time of year, it’s better to seek out creamier options that you might have to reapply more often. An easy trade-off for un-chapped lips, no?
4. The Right Lip Balm
Make sure your lip balm has a nourishing base, like shea or beeswax. For extra softness, look for lanolin in your lip balm’s ingredient list.
5. Invest In A Humidifier
A humidifier kept on at night will keep your skin hydrated. If you don’t have one, holding your face over some steaming water once a day will do the same thing.
6. Don’t Skip SPF
Another winter skin care tip is to make sure your lips are getting plenty of SPF this season, as sunburn is a surefire (and painful!) way to dry out your lips fast.
Cucumber slices aren’t just for relieving puffiness. A slice on dry, chapped, and sore lips will relieve and hydrate them. Simply cut a thin slice and hold it to your lips for about five minutes to soothe them.
8. Don’t Lick
Licking dry lips seem like it would help, but it actually makes things worse. The enzymes in your saliva, which are used to break down food, will actually dry out your skin even faster, so do not lick your lips.
9. Don’t Pick The Skin Off Your Lips
If you have flaky skin on your lips, picking at it will only make it worse, and can lead to cuts, bleeding, and soreness. If you have to get rid of it, buff it gently away with your exfoliator or a toothbrush, and apply moisturizer immediately after.
10. Drink Plenty Of Water
If your body is hydrated inside, it will be hydrated outside, too. Drinking plenty of water isn’t just good for your lips, either, but for your whole body.
11. Keep An Eye On Nutrition
If your lips are chapped, certain foods can irritate them further. Foods like citrus fruits, acidic or salty foods, and spicy sauces should be avoided if your lips are sensitive.
12. Go Glossy!
If you wear makeup, choose a shiny lipstick or gloss over a matte to disguise rough, chapped lips. For extra smoothness, use a lip conditioner before applying lipstick.
13. Wrap A Scarf
If you’re a frequent traveler by bus, auto, train or a two-wheeler, you’re advised to wrap a scarf around your nose and mouth and button up your collar when out in the cold. This will protect your lips from the harsh weather, and it will prevent your nose from getting dry, too.
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Some people are blessed with a rosy-cheeked natural glow come the colder months but for those of us who suffer from harsh temperature changes, it’s a constant battle against dry patches, cracked lips, redness and tightness. There’s no miracle cure or magic potion, however, the above valuable nuggets of advice really do help to soothe delicate lips in wintertime. Give these winter beauty tips for lips a try.