If we’re being honest, most of us only tend to think about our lips if we’re choosing a lipstick shade or maybe a tinted lip balm for especially dry days. Despite our common oversight, many of us tend to experience chapped lips pretty often, yet we hardly accept this as a warning sign for other health issues that may be, and probably are, lurking under the surface of our bodies.
When you think about your total healthcare and beauty routine, are you taking the time to factor the health and appearance of your lips into the equation as well? I have to admit that I used to be guilty of not bothering to take too much care of my lips, until I came across an article by Women’s Health Magazine that discussed some of the more common, yet equally surprising, ways that many of us end up harming our lips and causing them more damage than they can really take, often due to simple bad habits that can easily be reversed and corrected. Read on to find out if you are guilty of one or more of these bad habits – and how you can fix them for good.
If you feel like you get chapped lips often, this is more than likely one of the biggest signs that you are simply dehydrated. You might think that you are getting enough liquid in the day, but many drinks and beverages that we consume actually don’t do much to hydrate our bodies. In fact, coffee acts as a diuretic, which makes you dehydrated even faster, while sodas and juices don’t do much to replenish hydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day; you may want to set a timer to go off every hour to remind yourself to take a sip.
If you already use some form of lip balm, make sure that it actually works to nourish your lips. Many balms contain menthol or camphor, which can just make your dry lips worse, so be sure to choose an ointment with ingredients such as shea butter or jojoba oil which retain moisture to the area it is applied. If you can find a balm with these ingredients that also has an SPF factor of at least 15 (preferably 30), even better! For a quick fix, you can always use your toothbrush and a bit of brown sugar to exfoliate any dry skin on the lips.
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