The cold weather isn’t always the only source of discomfort this time of year. Chapped lips are a common phenomenon, and since they aren’t necessarily a direct result of the cold, bundling up in extra-warm clothes won’t prevent your lips from chapping. At least, not if you don’t take proper precautions. Your Southlake dentist explains that chapped lips result from a lack of moisture, which is a frequent problem during the winter months. With a little understanding and a few tips from Dr. Wright, you can increase your chances of avoiding chapped lips this winter.
Tips for Healthy Lips
- Drink plenty of liquid—Your lips are comprised of thinner-than-usual layers of skin, and can dry out much quicker than the rest of your body. Drinking plenty of fluids will help keep your lips properly hydrated so they don’t dry out and chap.
- Bundle up—Staying warm doesn’t prevent chapped lips alone, but it certainly helps. Along with your sweaters and jacket, wear a scarf or turtleneck that you can wrap around your mouth when you venture out into the cold. Keeping your lips warm and covered will reduce the risk of moisture loss, and combined with proper hydration, can help you prevent chapped lips.
- Use lip balm—Lip balm helps provide moisture, or prevent your lips from losing too much moisture, and can also act as an additional layer of protection over your lips. Speak with Dr. Wright about which lip balm brand is offers the most beneficial protection according to your specific needs.
- Use a humidifier—Even in the heated environment of your home, the air can be dry from the cold weather outside. A humidifier will help keep the air in your home moist so that you don’t have to go to extra lengths to protect your lips at home.
- Don’t lick your lips—When your lips are dry, your instinct may be to moisturize them with saliva by running your tongue across them. Unfortunately, the effect of licking your lips is the opposite in lower temperatures. As the cold wind evaporates the saliva on your lips, the skin can dry out faster, exacerbating your chapped lips rather than alleviating them.
About Your Southlake Dentist:
As a native Texan, Dr. Gregory Wright opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He is happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wright, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.