Health Tip: Caring for Chapped Lips

(HealthDay News) -- Cold winter temperatures and bitter winds can leave your lips dry, chapped and sore.

The Cleveland Clinic lists these suggestions to help prevent and soothe chapped lips:

  • Moisturize lips each day with a balm or lip moisturizer that contains ingredients like cocoa butter, vitamins A and E, beeswax, petrolatum or dimethicone.
  • Re-apply another layer of lip protection before heading out into harsh weather conditions or in dry indoor air.
  • Protect lips from sunburn with a balm that has an SPF of 15 or higher; apply a balm under lipstick if you wear it.
  • Choose a balm that includes an alpha-hydroxy acid to soothe and exfoliate lips that are already chapped; you can also exfoliate them by coating with lip balm, gently brushing lips with a toothbrush to remove flakes, and then wiping clean and applying more lip balm.
  • Try not to lick your lips, because it actually dries them out.

-- Diana Kohnle

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