Winter cold or summer heat, we’ve all suffered from dry, chapped lips. We take a closer look at what causes this irritating condition, as well as some tips for fighting the flake.
Why do I suffer from chapped lips?
As with dry skin, many women report suffering from flaky or chapped lips, particularly in winter, when winds and cold temperatures combine to irritate the sensitive area around the mouth.
These external factors can leave lips feeling irritated or sore as a result of increased dryness.
the lip area is covered by a comparatively thin layer of skin, making their ability to act as a barrier particularly poor
So, why is this area more sensitive?
Because the lip area is covered by a comparatively thin layer of skin, making their ability to act as a barrier particularly poor.
This, in turn, is linked to relatively low moisture capacity, resulting in the need for repeated application of topical moisturizers.
Products to help soothe dry lips
When choosing products to help fight chapped lips, it’s important to pay attention to their ingredients. A smooth gel texture may feel like it’s giving your lips some much-needed moisture, but in reality, not all lipbalms or lip salves are created equal. In fact, there are two main types of moisturizer: emollients and humectants.
Emollients, such as beeswax, help cover lips with a protective layer, improving skin texture and smoothing the lip surface. One of the most common ingredients found in lipbalms and lip treatments, beeswax is known for its ability to protect the skin, reinforcing its natural barriers.
Other moisturizers, known as humectants, actually increase the skin’s water content by attracting and binding water molecules. Glycerin and hyaluronic acid are great examples of effective humectants.
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