Could Your Obsession With Healthy Lips be Hurting Your Health?

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If you have ever found yourself trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of applying lip balm, noticing it dry out quickly, licking your lips to compensate, only to apply more lip balm soon after, you are definitely not alone. Many of us find that chapped lips are a real pain to deal with, not least of all because it can be so difficult to find a solution that actually allows your lips to keep and sustain any sort of moisture for a prolonged period of time – or at least longer than ten minutes or so, the way most lip balms and chapsticks seem to last for us. I

f you are fed up with having to deal with this issue, there are thankfully some very helpful resources out there that can provide guidance and advice to help improve overall lip health. I believe that in the quest to keep lips healthy and moisturized, it is also important to learn about why lips dry out so easily, and what exactly causes this to happen, which is why I was so glad to come across an article post that was written by Women’s Health Magazine about all things related to lip moisture and dryness, and how to keep lips healthy as often as possible. Read on to learn more about what to do the next time your lips begin to start up the cycle of dryness once more.

It is important to know that your lips are particularly susceptible to becoming dried out and cracked during the winter, at high elevations, or any time and place when humidity in the immediately surrounding environment is low. Even something as simple as a hot shower or an indoor heater can be enough to zap out any remaining moisture from the lips. This is because lips have low levels of the oils necessary to lock hydration into the skin.

When it comes time to break out the lip balm, it is really crucial to not make any mistakes by choosing a chapstick or balm that has ingredients that may only dry out your lips even further. Check out the ingredients list of each chapstick and lip balm that you consider and be sure to avoid brands with benzyl alcohol, lanolin, propylene glycol, or any artificial dyes or preservatives, since these will all do more harm to the skin on your lips than provide any good. Your best bet is to use a basic petroleum jelly, or to turn to coconut oil or even a small dab of olive oil for lasting and effective relief.

 

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