Cracked and dry lips can really ruin your look. Imagine this, well groomed but with rough, unkissable lips – we’ve all been there! So try and use some of these effective ways to take care of your lips this winter! It can be trickier in winter to take care of your lips – with temperatures dropping, atmospheric changes affecting the weather, and at a time when our immune systems seem to slow down a bit, winter can be pretty rough on your usually soft and silky lips. But don’t you worry, there are actually some simple and cost effective ways to take care of your lips this winter. Read on for more!

1) Skip the tea and coffee or at least cut down!

Cold weather, it’s no doubt we reach for the extra cup of coffee or tea, yet caffeine is very dehydrating which is of course bad news for your lips and body. Why not, instead of drinking caffeinated beverages all day long, switch to a decaf version, or drink some herbal tea, which is very hydrating and may even be helpful.

2) Drink and eat your fluids

The best way to take care of your lips in the winter is to be sure you include a lot of fluids in your diet. Eat fruits, leafy greens and green vegetables, and root veggies too, which are all full of water. Also, be sure to drink lots of broths without too much sodium, drink herbal teas, water, green juice, and even have some smoothies if you can bear the chilly texture. Soup is also a must in the winter for all types of ailments, and the fluids will help keep you hydrated, preventing dehydration and cracked lips where they most often begin anyway.

3) Exfoliate them if needed

Sometimes, if your lips are extremely dry, it may be necessary to give them a little extra attention. You don’t want to leave peeling skin on your lips if they are extremely chapped. For one, it feels weird and looks less than appealing, but also because it will cause a few things to happen. First, it will allow bacteria to become trapped into the spaces where you have slight cracks where peeling has occurred. This can cause an infection quickly. It also causes your lipstick or lipgloss to look cakey, and the chemicals in those products can further exaggerate the problem. So, to prevent this, simply exfoliate them very, very gently with a toothbrush, or a warm washcloth. Rub them gently to allow loose skin to flake off, but be careful! You don’t want them to bleed. Immediately after this, apply coconut oil or your favorite natural based lip balm and leave them alone for 30 minutes before applying any cosmetics.

4) Wear a lipsalve containing SPF

The lip balms above that I mentioned have built in SPFs, but if you choose another brand, be sure to wear one that does contain SPF. I know it seems silly to wear SPF on your lips in the winter when the sun is scarce and rare, but the rays from the sun hiding behind those bleak clouds can still harm your lips and your face, by the way. SPF is just as important in the winter as in the summer. I like to use makeup and lip products that contain SPF so I know I’m 100% covered. This will prevent drying, cracking and peeling from occurring.

5) Take emergency measures as needed

If you get ill, your lips can show the brunt of the sickness by cracking and bleeding which can be embarrassing and also very unappealing! To help them heal, soak them with a warm rag several times a day to clean them, and hold a cold compress on them to help stop the bleeding afterwards. Then, try applying coconut oil on them, and repeat this process as needed throughout the day. If you just blot your lips while bleeding, it won’t clean the area or stop the bleeding. The hot and cold compress really works effectively, and you can carry a little container of the oil in your purse since it is solid at room temperatures.

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