Having to deal with chapped lips can be both annoying and painful. Just about everyone experiences the dreaded chapped lip at some point in their life. Luckily there are way that can help both treat and prevent chapped lips. Learning these tips will surely help anyone get rid of that pesky problem.
To be able to prevent and treat chapped lips it's important to first understand what they are and how they are caused. When people say that they have chapped lips, what they really mean is that their lips are dry. Lips are a special type of skin, and like the rest of the skin on the body, they can become dried out. Most people don't notice dry skin as much as they would notice chapped lips. This is because lips are constantly in motion, whether they are talking, eating, or just moving around.
Most people don't think about taking care of their lips until they become chapped. Luckily, having chapped lips is a fairly common problem and there are many different treatment methods available to cure them. One of the most common methods of treating chapped lips is lip balm. Lip balm is commonly known as chap-stick and typically comes in a plastic tube or small metal container. To treat chapped lips, lip balm is applied to the whole lip and then spread around by rubbing the two lips together. The lip balm works by creating a thin layer of balm that protects the lips from outside elements. While the lip is protected the body can utilize that time to repair the cracks and flakes in the chapped lips. Lip balm typically will have to be applied frequently until the lips are completely healed.
Those who wear lipstick or use facial lotion have an additional way of helping the body heal chapped lips. Lipsticks and lotions that have vitamins and minerals that specifically act to moisturize the body are an excellent way to help in the healing process of the lips. The moisturizers aid the body in speeding up the healing of the lips.
Chapped lips commonly occur in dry and cold weather. This means that one great way of preventing chapped lips is staying in warm and slightly humid places. For those who live in dry climates it may be a good idea to purchase a humidifier, particularly in the bedroom as that is where most time is spent. A humidifier acts by dampening the room and prevents the dry air from chapping lips.
Another common way of preventing chapped lips is one of the treatment options described above - lip balm. When lips are covered by the protecting layer of lip balm they are immune from the harsh and dry weather that commonly causes chapped lips. Frequent application of lip balm will ensure that lips are kept soft and smooth. Not only will those lips feel great, but they will also be healthy. Healthy lips also means that there will be less chance of visible wrinkles as the lips age.
Though chapped lips can be painful and annoying, these methods of treating them and outright avoiding them will come in handy for any who experiences them. If these methods do not work it may be wise to contact a dermatologist to get a better idea of what the underlying problem is. However, for most people these simple methods will ensure soft and healthy lips.