How Can You Save Your Lips?To understand how to protect your lips, it may help to understand how the cracking and drying happens. Your lips are quite thin and therefore are more exposed than other parts of your body. For example, when you lick your lips, it hydrates them for a short period of time, but as it dries, it carries moisture away from your lips, drying them out. In addition, the enzymes contained in your saliva that break down bacteria will also degrade the skin on your lips causing them to get drier than they were before you licked your lips.
One easy way to keep your lips sufficiently hydrated is to drink plenty of water. When your body dehydrates it draws water from anywhere, it needs to do this in order to keep your bodily processes functioning properly. The more water you drink, the more hydrated you are and the less your body has to suck water from other places. You can also make sure your environment is properly hydrated by keeping a humidifier in your room to keep moisture in the air.
Lip balm is another way to keep your lips hydrated, but read the ingredients carefully because not all lip balms are alike. When you buy a lip balm look for ones that have a base of beeswax, petroleum or another oil. If it contains aloe or lanolin, it will soften them and if it contains vitamins, all the better. Also, make sure it has an SPF factor of 15 to protect your lips from the sun. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (818) 748-9998.