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Take care of your lips this winter

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The winter is officially upon us in New England. The harsh winds and snow are especially tough on the skin. Take these steps to protect your mouth from chaps and cracks this winter.

1. Opt for clear drinks - a warm latte or cappuccino is great for the taste buds and an awesome way to warm up, but dark drinks like coffee stain the lips and the teeth. Discoloration of the lips is mostly irreversible so limiting your consumption will do you good in the long run.

2. Scrub it off- exfoliate your lips so that the dead skin can disappear and make way for new layers of radiant skin. An easy quick way to do this is to gently scrub your lips in small circles with your toothbrush after brushing your teeth. You'll notice that this gives your lips a natural rosy tint.

3. Don't lick your lips - the saliva dries your skin out, making it more likely to crack and peel. Licking lips also causes discoloration.

4. Opt for lip balms that are medicated and contain SPF - lip balms like Blistex Lip Medex contain ingredients such as camphor, menthol and phenol--- all external analgesics. According to webmd Camphor stimulates nerve endings that relieve symptoms such as pain and itching when applied to the skin.

Hope you follow some of these rules to keep your lips luscious this winter.

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