WHAT ARE CHAPPED LIPS?
Chapped lips are dry, cracked and peeling lips, which may cause irritated skin that is itchy and red. Your lips are more prone to drying out than any other part of your body. This is because of two reasons.
1. The skin protecting our lips is much thinner than anywhere else.
2. Lips do not have pores, meaning no sweat or oil glands are available to keep them hydrated.
WHAT CAUSES CHAPPED LIPS?
Everyone can get chapped lips, especially those who generally experience dry skin. Here are the main reasons why you may have chapped lips.
The damage or dryness on your lips may be a result of the weather e.g. UV-radiation from the sun or coldness during winter. Indulging in an exfoliating treatment once or twice a week will help cleanse your lips so they are left looking healthier than ever.
Dry lips are a sign that your hydration levels are low. Dehydration upsets the natural balance of minerals in your body and wreaks havoc on your skin. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and eating fresh fruit and veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchinis, beans and watermelons.
NIVEA’s Hydro Care Lip Balm with pure water & aloe vera also helps to restore dehydrated lips and prev ent further moisture loss.
3. LIP LICKING
Licking your lips will only make your dry lips even dryer. When your saliva evaporates from your lips, it causes your lips’ natural moisture to evaporate too. Remember too, that saliva is a key component of your digestive system. It's packed with enzymes for breaking down foods. An overabundance of saliva can also cause the skin on your lips to crack.
When your lips are dry, a fungal or bacterial infection can sneak into the moist corners of your mouth and aggravate your situation.
Certain ingredients in your toothpaste or lipstick could be giving you chapped lips. Some foods and food ingredients (like food colouring) could be causing your chapped lips as well.
6. VITAMIN DEFIENCY
Your lips could be drying out if you aren’t getting enough of the moisturising vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B1 and B6. Put some vitamins back in your lips with NIVEA's Lip Care Blackberry Shine, enriched with Vitamins C & E for intensive moisturisation.
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