Winter, cold and dry skin are inevitable combinations that can cause skin dryness. One of the most vulnerable organs is the facial skin, and the most suffering and sensitive part of the face is the lips. The lips are sensitive and tend to be damaged, partly because they have no sweat glands and fat, and because the skin of the lips is very thin. Therefore, the loss of moisture in the lips is much greater than other organs in the face. Climate damage (dryness, wind, cold and stay in air-conditioned rooms without adequate moisture), together with the physiological structure of the lips, make them a more sensitive organ and more likely to be dehydrated during the cold season.
When the lips dry we tend to lick them. While this makes it easier for a few seconds to feel dry, it actually makes things worse. The saliva is abrasive and damages the thin layer of skin that covers the lips, the dryness intensifies and creates a vicious circle leading to cracked, injured, and sore lips.
It is possible and worthwhile to alleviate the phenomenon of lip drying by using appropriate ointments that nourish them effectively and help restore moisture and flexibility.
But not only the weather causes lip dryness. There are several other reasons for dryness, which are important to know, and if necessary, even contact your doctor:
- Taking acne medication (“acne”) can dry the lips like the rest of the face.
- Excessive use of vitamin A as a food supplement can cause cracks.
- Vitamin B2 deficiency or niacin and B6 deficiency can cause dryness.
- Infection with the candida fungus can also cause dryness (diabetics are particularly prone to this).
How to reduce dryness in the lips?
- Keep your lips well-groomed and beautiful all seasons - don't leave them exposed and unprotected.
- Be consistent and patient: the dryness and cracks do not go away with one-off treatment, and skipping them for even a day can cause withdrawal.
- Ointment the lips with a rich moisturizer that contains active moisturizers and nutrients throughout the day.