Our lips need to be taken care of to keep them healthy and soft. Extensive lip care is especially important in winter, so that the lips do not become dry, rough or brittle. Because the change of cold temperatures and warm heating air sets them pretty much. Particularly bad are often affected the corners of the mouth, which often tear in winter. We reveal how you can prevent chapped lips in the winter and what good lip care is all about.
Our lips are sensitive
Our lips are part of the outer mucous membranes and are therefore particularly sensitive. In contrast to normal skin, they have no sebaceous glands and no fat-water film. As a result, they are less well protected from external influences and are not supplied with grease and moisture.
In addition, since the lips contain only very few color pigments, they are also hardly protected from UV radiation. Therefore, it is appropriate in both summer and winter in fine weather to cream your lips with a sunscreen. It's best to use a special care stick with an integrated sun protection factor.
Especially in winter, it is important that we maintain our lips regularly. If we do not, they will be cracked, rough and brittle. This is because the lips are exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations in winter. While it is mostly frosty cold outside, there is warm, but dry heating air inside.
What to do against chapped lips?
To treat chapped lips, you should use special lip care products. These contain substances that repair small broken areas and thereby make the lips smooth again. In addition, they often ensure that the lips are moisturized.
For lip care products, make sure that they are rich in moisturizing substances. Well suited are products with shea butter or apricot kernel oil, as the substances contained are very similar to the fats in the skin. You can also use care sticks with almond, olive or jojoba oil. Due to their slightly germicidal effect, care products with beeswax or zinc are also recommended.
Some care sticks ensure that the collagen reserves in the lips are replenished. These decrease from about the age of 40 onwards. Therefore, such products are particularly suitable for middle-aged people.
First aid with torn corners of the mouth
If the lips are not only rough, but cracked or even bleeding, you should first refrain from lip balms. Then it is better to use a cream that promotes the healing of the skin. Here you can, for example, use ointments with dexpanthenol.
Especially in the winter, the corners of the mouth tear. Then bacteria and fungi can easily become infected and cause an infection. To prevent such an infection, creams or pastes with zinc are recommended. In addition to the cold behind the torn corners of the mouth can also be a vitamin B6 or vitamin B12 deficiency and too little iron or zinc stuck. Be sure to clarify these values if your mouth tears more frequently.
Home remedies for brittle, broken lips
In winter you should avoid licking your lips. As a result, they only dry out more. Also, you should not chew on your lips. Otherwise, small injuries may occur that allow germs to easily enter the body and cause inflammation.
To prevent or treat rough, dry lips, the following home remedies are recommended:
- If you travel more outdoors in the winter, cream your lips thin with a fat cream. This protects the lips from drying out.
- Give your lips a little massage every week. To do this, it is best to rub gently over the lips with a soft toothbrush. So dead skin dandruff can be effectively removed. Then apply a good lip care.
- Instead of lip balm, you can just spread some honey on your lips and leave it on overnight. Be sure to avoid licking the honey with your tongue.
- Cream your lips thick with a nourishing cream, especially at night - so they can regenerate overnight.
- Milking fat is also well-suited for the care of chapped lips in winter. Make sure, however, that you reach for a product without Vaseline.
Recipes for lip care
A good lip care can often also do it yourself. We give you two practical recipes:
- Honey Quark Mask: Stir a spoonful of quark with a spoonful of honey and then apply the mass thick on the lips. After 10 minutes, gently rinse the mixture with a little lukewarm water.
- Olive oil for the night: Add a few drops of olive oil to your lips every night before going to bed. So they stay soft and supple.