Protect your pucker this winter
You’ve heard it before, but here it is again. Protect your lips.
In cold, dry weather, lips don’t trap and hold moisture well, leaving them prone to dryness and cracking. “Lips need attention year round because they produce less oils and melanin, the natural skin pigment
To protect your pout, follow the doctor’s orders:
* Wet your whistle: Make sure you drink a lot of water (at least 64 ounces a day).
* Resist the lick: The worst solution for chapped lips is to lick them. “While you may think the moisture will be helpful, saliva does not actually moisturize, and its evaporation actually dries out lips even more, Welch said.
* Protect your pucker: “Always use a quality lip balm with a high SPF that also contains the ingredient dimethicone,” he said. Remember to apply before going outside, before going to sleep, and after eating or drinking.
* SPF for the slopes: Whether snowboarding, skiing or ice skating, your lips are being exposed to extreme temperatures, sun and wind, which ultimately causes automatic moisture loss. The sun’s UV rays are stronger at higher altitudes, and snow intensifies the rays by reflecting it back onto your face. Lip protection with SPF is a must on the slopes.
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