“Don’t lick your lips in the wind” is one of the few sentiments I’ve carried with me from my childhood because I distinctly remember having chapped lips all the time - it was the 90s and we lived outside on our bikes, but hey, no one likes chapped lips.
It's that cold, windy time of year! So, we thought this would be a timely reminder to protect your pout. Whether you’re waiting for a bus, hitting the slopes, jumping on a plane to the other side of the world or braving a blustery NZ winter, we have some tips to keep your lips intact 👄
Don't lick your lips
Oh, it might feel soothing but it will very quickly make things worse. Saliva evaporates fast and leaves your lips drier than they were in the first place. It's just not worth it.
Avoid drying ingredients
When selecting a lip balm take note of the ingredients; you want one that contains occlusives to create a barrier and prevent moisture loss and emollients which support that barrier. Avoid anything that attracts moisture, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin as these can draw moisture out of the skin and leave your lips dryer.
If you have cracked, dry lips, keep a lookout for healing ingredients such as:
• Coconut oil
• Shea butter
• Jojoba oil
• Sunflower seed oil
• Hemp seed oil
And ingredients such as titanium oxide or zinc oxide to protect your lips from the sun's UV rays, because chapped lips aren't only exclusive to winter.
Use hydrating lip balms
Do you have the heat pump running 24/7 in winter? Us too. It's not only the wind you need to watch out for, exposing your lips to too much artificial heat can cause dry lips too. Our advice? Keep your tongue in your mouth, remember to stay hydrated and use one of these nourishing lip balms, serums or tints instead.
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