Cold and wind winter, coupled with the use of heaters in enclosed environments, is a common cause of drying and cracking lips. Their vulnerability is due to the lack of sebaceous glands in the lips.
To keep your lips protected from dryness during winter, remember the following recommendations:
Lip balm with sunscreen.
Undoubtedly the best way to prevent the drying and cracking lips is to cover them with a lip balm such as cocoa butter to nourish the delicate skin of the lips and moisturize them in depth.
I recommend choosing a balm with sun protection factor, as the sun dries the skin, whether it is summer or winter.
Remember to put in your handbag a lip balm. Whenever your lips get wet or you eat or drink, you will have to repeat the lip balm application.
A perfectly valid and recommended alternative to the lip balm is to put on a quality lipstick. A creamy and very moisturizing lipstick with sunscreen is perfect.
Drink plenty of water
In many cases, lip dryness is caused by an inadequate fluids intake. In winter we tend to drink less. This fact coupled with environmental factors, causes the lips to crack. It is solved by drinking plenty of water distributed during the day to maintain proper hydration. Furthermore, use humidifiers at home and at work to increase the moisture in the air.
Avoid wetting your lips
Wetting your lips with the tongue should be avoided at all costs. This action will momentarily wet your lips but it is counterproductive, because when the moisture evaporates, the dryness is greater than before.
Certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause excessive dryness in the mouth. You should consume a multivitamin to cover the full minimum daily requirements.
Also, your diet must provide a sufficient supply of vitamin B, as a deficiency or imbalance of these vitamins together with iron, can produce the appearance of cracks on the lips. Cereals and grains, vegetables, seafood and meats should not to be missed on your table.
When dryness in lips is persistent and does not respond to the offered care, going to the dermatologist is recommended because it could be a symptom of a fungal infection or other condition that requires treatment.