Wilkes-Barre Cosmetic Dentist on the Best and Worst Ways to Winterize Your Lips

Winter is here, and there are a few simple steps you can take to protect your lips during the mistletoe season.

What Causes Dry and Chapped Lips?

man with lip balmChapped and dry lips are caused by a lack of moisture, and we know that nothing can dry our lips out faster than cold, windy weather.  Our lips don’t have any natural means of staying moist, so when the temperature drops, and the wind kicks up, it isn’t long until we’re faced with dry, irritated lips.  Luckily, Wilkes-Barre cosmetic dentist Dr. James DeFinnis is here to let you know the best, and worst, ways to protect your lips!

The Best Ways:

Drink Water: Something simple that you should be doing anyway!  Drinking water hydrates your body, helping prevent chapped lips.

Use Sunblock: It’s just as important to protect your lips from the sun as it is the winter winds.  Using sunblock, or preferably a lip balm that’s at least SPF 15, will go a long way to safeguard your lips.

Use Lip Moisturizer: Using waxy lip balms that contain Shea butter or beeswax is a great way to protect your lips from the harsh winter weather.

Exfoliate: It sounds strange, but exfoliating your lips can help remove dead, dry skin and keep your lips smooth.  Just use your toothbrush to gently exfoliate the skin.

The Worst Ways:

Lick Your Lips: We do it all the time when we feel our lips drying out, but this is one of the worst things you can do. Licking leaves your lips drier than they were, because as saliva evaporates it damages the very thin layer of skin protecting your lips, making them dry and cracked.

Wear Lipstick: Most people assume lipstick will act as a lip balm to soothe chapped lips.  Many brands of lip color don’t contain any moisturizers and can be very drying.  Always check to see if your lipstick contains moisturizer, if you have chapped lips.

Cosmetic Dentist in Wilkes-Barre

Now that you have your lips covered, why not do the same for your teeth? Dr. James DeFinnis is available for a cosmetic dentistry consultation to help get you a new smile for the New Year. For more information, or an appointment, contact Back Mountain Dental at 570-763-4360. We’ve made hundreds of people smile in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and the surrounding communities.

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