When the outside temperatures drop and the heaters are turned up, our lips dry out particularly quickly. The skin begins to stretch, becomes rough and cracked - or even tears. This not only looks ugly, but is also very painful. Especially when the corners of the mouth tear and become inflamed. In addition to the icy cold outdoors and the warm indoor air from the heating, there can be other reasons that promote dry lips. What these are and how to provide your mouth with sufficient moisture is explained in more detail below.
Not only temperature fluctuations contribute to your lips drying out. In fact, there are numerous reasons:
Your body doesn't get enough fluids: if you don't drink enough throughout the day, your lips will dry out. In addition, people who sweat profusely or suffer from diarrhea lose too much fluid.
When you're under stress, your body may shut down certain functions it considers less important. This also includes the production of saliva, which keeps the mouth and lips moist.
Normally, care sticks are used to protect the lips from drying out. However, if you apply this too often, your lips can get used to it too much - and dry out as soon as you don't use it.
Dry lips can also be a sign of a deficiency. If you lack vitamin B2, zinc or iron, this could be due to your diet - e.g. if you don't eat any meat, fish or dairy products.
Do you suffer from herpes on a regular basis? The viral disease is not only extremely annoying and painful, but also dries out your lips. Unfortunately, the infection cannot be stopped, but it can be easily treated.
Healthy drinking habits To prevent your body from drying out in the first place, which would inevitably affect your lips as well, you should drink enough fluids – preferably in the form of water (sparkling or still) or unsweetened tea.
Natural lip careOnly use lip care sticks that do not contain mineral oils such as MOSH, MOAH and POSH. According to Stiftung Warentest, almost all natural cosmetic products are recommended, for example from Weleda, Logona or Sante.
Balanced dietTo prevent deficiency symptoms, you should eat a balanced and healthy diet. If you wanted to do without animal products, you can balance your vitamin B2 balance with vegetables such as kale, peas or broccoli. Iron is found in lentils, sesame or pumpkin seeds.
Use a little oil and sugar to make a lip scrub. It is primarily used to remove small scraps of skin and to care for the lips.
Source: Stiftung Warentest
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