Why Your Lips May Be Dry
Compared to the rest of your body, the skin on your lips is much thinner and more delicate. Plus, your lips don’t have their own oil glands like other parts of your face so they can’t produce their own moisture.
Those two factors alone mean your lips require greater care to prevent dryness – and to soothe it when it happens.
Here are some things you can do right away to help your lips stay soft and smooth:
- Drink plenty of clear, filtered water. When your body is dehydrated, your lips can become dry.
- Avoid licking, biting and picking at your lips. Licking your lips to moisten them can just make them drier. Picking and biting prevent healing.
- Use only non-irritating and naturally soothing ingredients on your lips. Safe, healthy ingredients should not cause discomfort when you apply them.
Once your lips become parched, the skin’s barrier becomes compromised and your lips can lose even more moisture. A nourishing, botanical-based lip balm can help soothe dry, chapped lips by supplying and helping to retain the right amount of moisture.
It’s also key that you avoid certain ingredients in lip balms that can actually make dry lips worse.