Aside from occasional lip balm usage, how often do you think about your lip skin care? If you’re like most people, it’s probably not often! But as fall weather turns colder, you may be forced to consider your lip skin care since cold weather often worsens lip conditions.
If you think you’re experiencing a serious skin condition on your lips, this is not the source of information that you need. Call your doctor or dermatologist right away if you have chapped lips that won’t heal, a white or red patch on one of your lips, or a scaly area on your lips that feels like sandpaper. Even if you think your lip skin concern is mild, it’s best to have it looked at instead of assuming everything’s fine.
That being said, there are many everyday lip complaints that can be easily solved with ATOPALM skin care products. Here’s a rundown of common lip skin concerns, and what you can do about them.
Premature signs of aging
The skin around the lips is thinner and more delicate than almost anywhere else on the body, aside from the skin around the eyes. Because of the skin’s delicate state, it is prone to showing premature signs of aging, such as fine lines, smile lines, and loss of elasticity. If you add unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as smoking, you’re even more likely to see premature skin aging around the lips.
If your lip area is aging too quickly, one of the most effective things you can do is to improve collagen production in the area. This is easier said than done, but faithful use of a collagen-boosting anti-aging skin care serum will go a long way toward improving fine lines and wrinkles around the lips.
Dry Texture Without Chapping
When people think of dry lips, they most often think of chapped lips, but many people suffer from their lips feeling dry without any chapping. The cause? Dehydration!
Hydrated skin starts from within. Drinking enough water each day will go a long way toward keeping your skin balanced and hydrated.
While many people still follow the rule of eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day, it’s much more effective to plan your water drinking based on weight. Aim to drink between one half and one ounce of water per pound of your own body weight. For example, someone who weighs 180 pounds should drink between 90 and 180 ounces of water per day. Increase that amount if you’ve been sweating or simply if you still feel thirsty!
Cracking and Peeling Lips
As mentioned above, chapped lips that won’t heal, a white or red patch on one of your lips, or a scaly area on your lips that feels like sandpaper are all potentially serious conditions that should be diagnosed by a dermatologist. However, if you are experiencing seasonally cracking and peeling lips, you may be suffering from unhealthy lips caused by environmental stressors.
In fall and winter, cold weather, wind, and even indoor heating can all contribute to overly dry skin that may peel or crack. In these cases, a rich lip ointment will provide the relief you need while protecting your skin against further damage.
(It is important to note that our lip ointment should not be used on openly cracked or bleeding lips, but may be used after the cracking has sealed—discuss your best options for openly cracked lips with your dermatologist.)
In extreme weather, it’s also important to protect your lips with a physical barrier, such as a scarf or face mask. Shielding your lips against extreme cold and wind is a must if you struggle to keep your lips healthy during fall and winter!
Of course, no lip skin care blog would be complete without talking about basic chapped lips. We all get them, and we all hate them. The good news is that chapped lips are the easiest lip concern to deal with!
Keep a lip balm handy to use at the first sign of chapped lips. Lip chapping is easiest to manage when you nip it in the bud, but even badly chapped lips can be comforted when you use a high-quality, protective lip balm.
In addition to using a lip balm, chapped lips heal faster if you refrain from exposing them to extreme conditions, stay hydrated, and make sure your lips stay dry—especially if you’re heading into harsh weather.
Most lip skin care concerns can be easily managed with the right products at home. Just remember to reach out to your doctor or dermatologist if you feel that your lip condition may be more serious than the norm!