Women are probably born vain. What woman would voluntarily admit to her age unless she is filling out forms for her driver’s license? More so with having skin that looks older than what she really is. There is just no cure for aging, unless someone has discovered the fountain of youth.
Aging is a natural process and there is nothing wrong with older skin. Really, it’s true. But I would be kidding myself if I don’t admit to paying more attention to my skin as I get older. Dryness, wrinkles, fine lines and age spots are just some of the more visible signs of aging. This is why women are obsessed with beauty regimens focusing on slowing down skin aging.
Noticeably though, while special attention is given to facial and body skin, the lips and the skin around the lips are neglected. Dry, cracked lips are all too common and the area around your lips looks flaky as well.
How do chapped lips happen?
Your lips don’t have any oil glands. Unlike other parts of your body, your lips do not have the natural protective oils that act as barrier against moisture loss. Dry air (summer) or the cold air (winter) further deprives your lips of much needed moisture and causes your lips to chap.
How can you prevent chapped lips?
You may get relief from licking your lips but it is only temporary. Your saliva actually worsens the dry and tight feeling because it evaporates and your lips lose more moisture. Here are some of the more effective ways of treating chapped lips and preventing dryness to set in.
- Sooth your lips with a lip balm. Lip balms are widely available. Choose a product that works best for you and will not cause further irritation.
- Skip the lipstick. Generally, lipstick causes drying because of its ingredients. Choose a moisturizing lipstick that will help give moisture to your lips. Or you can opt to forego lipstick while your lips are still chapped.
- Stop biting your lips. Biting off the chapped skin creates a tear in the tissue. This can bleed and take a long time to heal.
- Hydration is the key to preventing chapped lips. Drink plenty of water to hydrate from within. Always have a bottle of water handy. Make your water more tempting to drink by putting a wedge of lemon or a slice of apple or strawberries in it.
- Replenish moisture. Give your lips a chance to replenish moisture with a nightly application of Argan oil. Gently massage a few drops of the oil on your lips and the skin around your lips. The oil is packed with essential fatty acids that helps nourish your lips. Argan oil also contains vitamin E and antioxidants which are nutrients with anti-aging properties that can help keep your lips smooth and stave off wrinkle formation on the skin area around your lips.