As the winter season sets in, we’re all about to battle a familiar foe: dry lips. The colder months often leave lips feeling parched and in need of extra care. To better understand the phenomenon of dry lips and how to help soothe the skin, we are breaking down the science and solutions to keep your lips soft and well-hydrated, no matter the season.

Why Do We Get Dry Lips?

The skin on our lips is unique and has distinct characteristics from the skin on the rest of our body. Our lips lack sebaceous glands, which produce natural oils that moisturize the skin. So, why are our lips more vulnerable to dryness?

  • Thinner skin: The skin on our lips is exceptionally thin, with fewer layers than on our face or body. This thinness makes it more susceptible to dryness and environmental factors.
  • Lack of a protective barrier: Unlike other parts of our skin, lips lack a protective outer layer that prevents moisture loss. This absence of a barrier means that moisture can easily escape from our lips.
  • Dehydration: One of the most common culprits for dry lips is dehydration. When our body lacks sufficient water, it directly affects the moisture content of the lips.
  • Harsh weather: Changes in seasonality and temperature can significantly impact our lips (Hello, Raincouver!). In cold weather, dry and cold air can strip away natural lip moisture, especially when combined with indoor heating systems that reduce humidity. On the other hand, excessive sun exposure in the summer can lead to sunburn on the lips, causing peeling and dryness.
  • Habits such as licking lips: Ironically, licking the lips can worsen dryness. Enzymes in our saliva can break down the delicate skin on the lips, making them more vulnerable to drying out.

How to Help Soothe Dry Lips

When it comes to addressing dry lips, it’s crucial to understand that proactive prevention and effective care go hand-in-hand. To achieve soft, well-hydrated lips, consider the following do’s and don’ts:

Tips for Soothing Dry Lips

  • Gentle exfoliation: Gently exfoliate your lips to remove dead skin cells, promoting a smoother texture. But don’t overdo it! Once a week is sufficient. And the drier your lips are, the less you should exfoliate.
  • Lip care routine: Incorporating a nourishing lip serum into your skincare regimen can combat dryness and minimize fine lines. We love Rhonda Allison’s Eye & Lip Renew Serum for its rich, soothing texture that softens and moisturizes the lips and the eye area. 
  • Shield from the sun: Protect your lips from UV rays by using lip balms with SPF. Available in 7 flattering shades, Jane Iredale’s LipDrink Lip Balm SPF 15 combines soothing hydration with antioxidant-rich sun protection. 

Tips to Avoid Dry Lips

  • Avoid licking: Refrain from licking your lips, as saliva can worsen dryness.
  • Choose the right lip products: Avoid irritating ingredients or fragrances. Proactively hydrate your lips with Jane Iredale’s HydroPure Hyaluronic Acid Lip Treatment.
  • Resist picking or peeling: Avoid the temptation to pick or peel dry skin on your lips, as it can lead to further irritation.

By following these practical do’s and don’ts, you can effectively soothe dry lips, keeping them comfortable and healthy while preventing them from worsening.

Holistic Lifestyle Solutions for Dry Lips

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In addition to soothing dry lips, preventing dryness in the first place is equally important. Incorporate these lifestyle and skincare practices to maintain soft, smooth, and well-hydrated lips throughout the year:

  1. Consistent hydration: Ensure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially during cold months when your skin needs extra hydration. Adequate hydration is vital for maintaining lip moisture.
  2. Nutrient dense diet: Consume a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Nutrient-dense foods contribute to overall skin health, including your lips.
  3. Humidifiers: In dry or heated indoor environments, consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air, particularly during the winter months.
  4. Lip masks: Include hydrating lip masks in your routine. Check out Hydropeptide’s Polypeptide Collagel+ Lip Mask, which is known for providing deep nourishment and maintaining lip moisture while being incredibly convenient to use.
  5. Avoid overusing matte lip products: Matte lipsticks can dry out lip tissue, so use them sparingly in the winter months and balance them with hydrating lip products. Want some colour? Jane Iredale ColorLuxe Hydrating Cream Lipstick is our top choice for vibrant lips with a soft, luxurious finish. 
  6. Regular facials: Include regular facials in your skincare routine to maintain overall skin health, positively impacting the health and appearance of your lips.

By incorporating these lifestyle and lip tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of dry lips and maintain soft, smooth, and well-hydrated lips throughout the year. Combining prevention with the proper lip care routine and healthy habits ensures your lips stay comfortable and healthy. Additionally, our Skin Therapists are available to help address your concerns and provide personalized advice. We are passionate about helping you achieve and maintain healthy skin, from the inside out. 

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