Natural Beauty Care Guide

Chapped Lips

Unlike your skin, your lips don’t have oil glands to keep them lubricated and contain very little melanin, or pigment, to shield them from the sun. This lack of natural protection makes your lips extremely vulnerable to chapping-especially by the sun. Avoid matte or mood lipstick if your lips chap easily. These lipstick can stain and dry lips, leaving them open to chapping or an allergic or irritant reaction.

Three ways to chap-proof your lips :

You can choose from three basic types of lip protection: plain lip balm, lip balms with added sunscreen and lip balms formulated with sunblock. While all of these products can keep lips smooth and pretty, you need to know how to use them—and when.

Lip balms

Formulated with emollients like petrolatum, lanolin, cocoa butter, aloe and sometimes wax, lip balms both prevent and heal chapped lips by sealing in moisture. Balms keep lips moist, not sun-safe. But used indoors, balms shield lips from dry indoor air and may even prevent cold-induced fever blisters.

Lip Balms with added Sunscreens

These products shield your lips from the sun and contain some of the same chemical sunscreens found in skin sunscreens, like padimate-O or oxybenzone. Most dermatologists recommend using a lip sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 15. Lip screens also protect your lips from other drying elements, like wind, salt water and chlorine, and may even keep you from sprouting a sun-induced fever blister.

Slick on a lip balm with sunscreen whenever you venture outdoors, be it to walk the dog, play tennis or bike through the park. Apply the product 20 minutes before you go out yo allow it to really sink skin, and reapply after your swim, eat, drink or perspire.

Lip Balms with added Sunblock

Physical sunblocks like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide protect you lips by diffusing and scattering all UV light. Choose a lip block if you’ll be exposed to high doses of sun-while sailing or sunny-slope skiing .

Natural Remedies for Chapped Lips:

Coat your lips with honey or petroleum jelly after every washing and before bed each night. Or, blend 4 teaspoon glycerin with 1 teaspoon tincture of benzoin an dsmooth over your lips several times a day.

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