Winter brings a lot of skin troubles for most of us. Not only does one’s skin become irritable, but it also becomes dry and dehydrated, causing various skin related issues. It’s no wonder that most of us resort to creams and ointments to beat the winter blues.

One particular area that that suffers is our lips as the skin is extremely delicate,  In some extreme cases, it even leads to cracking and bleeding.

One of the most prominent causes of chapped lips during winters is dehydration and lack of certain essential vitamins in our diet. Vitamins A, B, and C help in restoring the skin nourishment and repair the damaged skin tissues. They also stimulate collagen production, which promotes healthier looking lips. A great option is to try and include foods rich in these vitamins in their daily diet such as dairy based products, nuts, and fortified cereals.

Given how chapped our lips could be during the winter season, we are often instinctively licking our lips more often than required, rendering them even more damaged and dried-out than before.. Skin experts recommend the use of moisturising lipsticks or lip balms during the winter. Make sure that you use an oil based balm which will keep the lips protected for longer, especially when you are outside. The added protective layer can go a long way in preventing lips from getting chapped.  Central heating also leaves the air dry in our homes, a good remedy is to place a bowl of water on the radiator or use a vaporizer to keep the air and your skin hydrated.

Exfoliating the lips can help to remove dead skin, there are many balms on the market or you can use a honey and brown sugar mix.  Make sure you apply a balm after scrubbing to protect the lips.

Choosing the right lip balm is key during the winter, look for natural ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamin E, glycerine, bees wax, shea butter, almond oil and aloe vera as they provide some of the best therapies for dry skin.