4 Simple Steps To Protect Your Lips From Old Man Winter

Friday November 7, 2014 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

As the weather turns cooler, many of us begin experiencing dry skin. Not only does this affect our hands and elbows, it also makes some of us suffer from chapped, dry lips and even the occasional cold sore. Other than constantly applying lip balm, there are some additional steps you can take to help minimize dry lips and keep them moisturized for that surprise meeting under the mistletoe.

Stay Hydrated.
In the winter, most of us drink less water. Staying hydrated is important, because our bodies are predominantly made up of water. Keep a water bottle handy at your desk or in the car, sipping on it throughout the day. It’s a small action step that could go a long way to preventing chapped lips this winter.

Take Vitamins.
A deficiency in B vitamins can affect your skin, hair, and nails. Zinc and vitamin A may as well. Taking a multi-vitamin on a regular basis can help you have healthier skin that is not as susceptible to chapping. For fast results, you can also apply vitamin E oil directly to your lips by massaging it in with your fingertips.

Avoid New Beauty Products.
Some people are sensitive to ingredients in lipsticks, lip balm, and even new toothpastes – causing their tissue to slough. If you know something works good for you, continue to use it during these dry months. If you are considering switching to a new balm or lipstick, carefully read the label and research the ingredients before buying.

Stop Cold Sores Early.
Cold sores can be triggered by stress – something that many of us experience during the winter holiday season. Treating them as soon as they begin to flare up can dramatically reduce your recovery time and their visibility. Call Murray Hill Dental the first day that you feel a cold sore popping up, so that we can give you something to help.

If you have a sore or area on your lips that just won’t seem to heal and it has been there longer than 2 weeks, it’s time to schedule a visit with us so that it can be examined. Call Murray Hill Dental today!