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Softer Lips This Winter

Are your lips dry and chapped?

The skin on our lips is very thin and there are no oil glands to help protect them. So, it's up to you. Here are a few things you should know about your lips and how to care for them. Remember, the most expensive lipstick is not going to help dried, crusty lips.

The Reasons...

  • Heat, as well as, cold can contribute to dry lips.
  • Another cause of dry lips is aging. The older you get, the more prone they are to chapping.
  • Avoid licking your lips which is easier said than done, I know, but read on
  • Another bad habit that you can fall into is biting off bits of dead skin.
  • Chewing on your lips is more popular than you might think. And for women who wear lipstick, here is a bit of trivia that I dug up for you. Did you know that women who are habitual lip chewers eat four to nine pounds of lipstick during their life?

How To Protect Your Lips...

  • Drink plenty of water to moisturize your lips from the inside.
  • Cracked lips could be a sign that your diet is low in B vitamins.
  • Keep lips well lubricated at all times and this means at bedtime as well. My lips are especially dry right after brushing my teeth!
  • I find that one lip balm is not enough. I keep one in my desk drawer, one in the bathroom, and one in each of my purses.

A Little Useless Trivia...

Did you know that the first lip balm was actually earwax. It worked, but the flavor left something to be desired.

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