How to Prevent Chapped Lips

winter weatherHave you ever had severely chapped lips? They are not very pleasant, and as the winter season has been upon us for some time, your lips are certainly in danger of chapping if you do not take some precautions. The following list of tips from your Spring Hill TN dentist, Dr. David Foster, offers several strategies for preventing chapped lips, while also explaining the chief cause behind chapping. You should, therefore, find the tips informative and practical as you face the harsh winter climate for the next several weeks.

Protecting Your Lips

  1. Utilize lip balm. Lip balm moisturizes your lips while protecting them from an inhospitable climate. The reduced temperature and lack of moisture in the air, combined with the prevalence of wind this time of year, create an environment that will sap the moisture from your lips, causing them to chap. Lip balm replenishes the lost moisture and forms a barrier to prevent your lips from drying out.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Because lack of moisture creates chapping, staying hydrated is very important. Drink water often so that your body will have plenty of fluids at its disposal to keep your lips and skin hydrated.
  3. Consider a humidifier. The air inside your house is not exempt from the winter elements. During winter time, even the air circulating indoors lacks moisture. Running a humidifier in your house can alter your local environment, adding moisture to the air to help prevent your lips from drying out.
  4. Keep your lips covered. One way to protect your lips is to avoid exposing them to the elements. To do so, you can limit your time outdoors. When you must venture into the frigid environment, wrap a scarf around the lower half of your face for protection.

About Dr. David Foster: Dr. David Foster is a Columbia, Tennessee, native who has served the dental needs of patients and their families in our community since 1985. If you live in Columbia, Lewisburg, Lewisburg, Hohenwald, Centerville, or any of the surrounding communities, call us today at (931) 388-3384 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.