Did you know the skin on your lips dries out up to 10 times faster than the rest of the skin on your face? Show your lips a little TLC this winter with our lip care checklist and favourite products for lips.
Top tips to protect lips
1. Don’t lick your lips – it’s the most natural thing to want to do when lips feel dry, but resist! Licking your lips has the opposite effect and simply dries them out.
2. Don’t bite, brush or rub your lips when they’re flaky or peeling. It might be tempting to pull at flaking skin but doing so you’ll make your lips sore.
3. Do use an oil-based lip balm or lip moisturiser to protect your lips. A heavy oil-based moisturiser will be soothing and will help to heal your lips.
4. Apply lip balm before going to bed. Many people sleep with their mouths open, which has a drying effect especially if you’ve got the heating on to compensate for the wintry weather.
5. Finally, try to make lip protection part of your daily skincare routine as you would your day cream and night cream, and keep one on you at all times, whether that’s in your pocket, bag or car, so that you don’t get caught short.
Need to stock up? Here are some of our lip care favourites
1. Botánica Vida, Omega Balm , £16.50 for 50ml
A nutritious natural balm, with hero ingredient sacha inchi oil, the earth’s richest plant source of omegas 3, 6 and 9. Ideal for very dry patches of skin and sore, cracked lips.
2. Optima Australian Tea Tree Lip Balm SPF 18 , £3.50 for 5.7ml
Combining the antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil and the moisturising properties of shea butter and vitamin E, this nourishing lip balm also provides effective UVA and UVB protection through its SPF 18 sunscreen.
3. Dr Bronner Organic Lip Balm , £2.99 for 4g
A warming combination of fruity orange oil and spicy ginger, this soothing and hydrating, natural organic lip balm provides a natural barrier against the elements, keeping lips soft, supple and protected.
4. A.Vogel, Bio-Propolis Cold Sore Care , £5.99 for 2g
Cold sores are common during the winter months. Propolis, one of nature’s antiseptics, can reduce the healing time and intensity of pain in cold sores even after the tingle stage. Apply sparingly to the cold sore 5 times a day.