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5 Things: Preventing Chapped Lips

When it's super cold out, we crank up the heat inside. This keeps us warm but can totally dry out our skin, especially lips since they don't secrete any oils. Here are some ways to prevent them from getting painfully chapped or cracked.

  1. Avoid licking dry lips. Saliva will momentarily add moisture, but it will evaporate, leaving lips feeling drier. Plus saliva contains a little bit of digestive enzyme, which won't make sore lips feel very good.
  2. Always keep your lips moisturized with lip balm. Ones with beeswax are soothing and long lasting. Look for tinted lip balms with SPF to keep your lips protected and looking healthy.
  3. Sleep with a humidifier since a heated home can cause you to wake up with dry lips that'll crack when you yawn. Ow!
  4. If you tend to be a drooler when you sleep, apply a lip balm that contains zinc oxide, which acts as a barrier preventing lips from drying out.
  5. Make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. We tend to forget since it's cold out, but it's just as important as getting enough water in the Summer. Use Fit's Calculator to figure out how much water you should be drinking each day, and keep a water bottle with you while you work to help you remember.


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swati05 swati05 8 years
I used to apply blistex but would get more dead skin...
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
I hate chapped lips
sugarfan sugarfan 9 years
Plain ol' vaseline does the trick for me!
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I use 100% Shea butter from L'Occitane, it is 100% natural and really does wonders for vey dry skin.
Shi-Rox Shi-Rox 9 years
I never thought how much I relied on my chapstick until I recently went crazy trying to search for that little tube of relief. I thought I had lost it, but it was just at the bottom of my purse. haha it's usually in my jeans pocket :p
Mino Mino 9 years
Blah Blah Blah
number6_ed number6_ed 9 years
I always use Vaseline before bed. Works for me.
danigraham danigraham 9 years
While I LOVE Chapstick, I absolutely LOVE Aquaphor--it completely heals chapped lips and I use it all year long. It keeps your lips nice, smooth and healthy and gives it a nice glossy look.
lady-T lady-T 9 years
at the moment with school im really nervous all the time and i end up chewing (literally) my lips..i have never EVER had chapped lips this bad! they're so sore all the time but when im teaching i cant help not a nail biter so my lips suffer instead!
sugababee sugababee 9 years
rosebud salve is also amazing! You can get it at sephora
sugababee sugababee 9 years
i love shea butter! it works like a charm!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I'm with emalove. I LOVE Burts Bees Pomegranate lip balm and it has a tiny bit of red tint to it!
emalove emalove 9 years
Burts' Bees pomegranate lip balm saves me. And yes, my humidifier too.
aeschere aeschere 9 years
ah i can't wear chapstick... it makes me pick at my lips and makes them even worse!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Chapstick before bed!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I love mine lips get SO dry where I live!
PinkSparkleGrl PinkSparkleGrl 9 years
I am honest-to-goodness ADDICTED to chapstick! I wake up in the middle of the night to put it on, I apply it at least 15 times a day, and if I forget my chapstick and don't have it, I actually have a really bad day. Crazy right?!
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