The autumn and winter months can play havoc with your lips but this shouldn’t be a reason to shut yourself away indoors and miss out on all those long walks in the country.  

So how can you stop those lips from drying out in the cold winds of late autumn? One thing you shouldn’t do is lick them. Licking them only makes the problem worse because saliva will evaporate fairly quickly leaving the lips exposed once again. Another thing which is not so easy is to avoid places with air conditioned heating systems but this is usually unavoidable for many people in work so keeping lips moist is all about prevention rather than cure.  

One of the first things to do to moisten your lips is to buy some lip balm. This will keep lips greasy and prevent them from becoming chapped. Lip balms are available in soothing peppermint and contain natural oils that will continue to provide a barrier to the effects of the environment and moisten the lips at the same time.  

Many lip balms contain substances such as shea butter and natural coconut oil which has become very fashionable.  

As with all areas of your skin, drinking plenty of water will help as will exfoliation which will get rid of dead skin. Lips only have a thin layer of skin so it is best to go gently and if you have a problem with chapped lips then work on moisturising them first. 

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