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'Tis the season for chapped lips: top 7 tips for caring for winter lips

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As we proceed through the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas, to the New Year and on to Valentine's Day, winter wind can wreck our lips. The weather is cold in most of the country with some brutal weather across many states. Even where temperatures are not in the sub-30s, the air is drier, there is more wind, and the temperatures are lower.

For those who enjoy winter activities like hiking, skiing, skating, and snowboarding, winter can be especially brutal as your lips face all the winter conditions including the sun and whatever extra rush of wind your activity generates.

The skin on lips is so thin, this area is highly sensitive and particularly vulnerable to showing signs of dryness and aging. Because of the drier, windier and colder conditions, winter can punish your lips, causing drying and chapping and sometimes painful cracking and peeling, also known as Cheilitis.

Unfortunately, many popular products sold in drug stores only aggravate the situation with irritating and sometimes drying ingredients. These balms and ointments feel good going on, but they often leave your lips in slightly worse condition when they wear off.

In addition, licking your dry, sore lips also irritates them by removing the very thin oily film which naturally occurs on the surface of the lips.

Fortunately, there are now advanced products with peptides and antioxidant-rich ingredients available for lips which can work wonders to heal the lips and reverse the damage time and the weather have caused.

Here are 7 tips to protect your lips in winter.

1. Use a moisturizing lip-protecting sunscreen. Put it on in the morning and reapply often.

2. Use a peptide and antioxidant-rich lip serum at night to repair and heal lips

3. Don't lick, rub or pick on your dry or chapped lips.

4. Wear a scarf over the lower part of your face on particularly cold or windy days.

5. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

6. Use a humidifier in your home and office

7. Breath through your nose, not your mouth.

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