A slight defect on your looks can be very disturbing and often lower your self-esteem, motivation and morale. A good physical appearance defines who you are. Therefore, achieving and maintaining a good physical condition is always good for your general looks. A feeling of dry and chapped lips can be of great disturbance throughout the day. Therefore, engaging in activities and efforts to help reduce the occurrence of chapped lips is very vital to enable you efficiently carry out your daily duties and responsibilities. There are many causes of chapped lips that you might not even be aware of in the current world. Among some people, the occurrence of chapped lips can be due to medical complications whereas among others it can occur due to some lifestyle habits. Also, exposure to some environmental conditions can also contribute to the occurrence of chapped lips. There are various ways to prevent the occurrence of chapped lips and also treat them.
Licking your lips
In most cases, when people are faced with challenging and frustrating situations at different points of the day they engage in voluntary flexes to help them in dealing with the situation. Some of these voluntary flexes include licking your lips, biting your nails, shaking your hands, making some facial expressions and scratching your head. When you lick your lips, you leave a layer of saliva on the lips. This saliva readily evaporates together with the moisture around the skin of your lips. A continuous licking process leaves your lips even drier than they were in the initial stage. Finally, you end up having a shrunken, dried and rough top lips’ layer.
Ensuring your body is hydrated is not only important for your lips but also helps in maintaining a healthy bodily state. Water makes up 75 percent of your body. Water is very important in facilitating a smooth running of various activities and processes in your body such as blood circulation, digestion, excretion and the assimilation of digested food into the body. Unlike other skin cells, your lip cells do not contain oil glands. Therefore, water is directly associated with keeping your lips moist throughout the day. In fact, dry lips can be a sign of general body’s dehydration. To ensure your lips are always moist, drink at least 8 glasses of water on daily basis. For people who are involved in intense daily activities, drinking even more water is very important to reduce the occurrence of chapped lips.
Not protecting them
Most people are concerned with the health of various parts of their bodies and tend to forget the importance of taking care of their lips’ health. Exposure to direct sunlight is a major cause of dehydration in your body. In most cases, people apply sunscreen on other parts of their body and forget about their lips before stepping outside on a sunny day. Applying lip balm is an alternative to applying sunscreen on your lips to help block your lips from direct sunlight. Use of sun blocking creams should not only be used during the sunny seasons but also the cold season. During the winter, most people do not drink the required amounts of water due to the cold. Lack of adequate water in the body during the winter produces the same results as in the sunny season.
Different allergies trigger different bodily reactions. Allergies are one of the major causes of chapped lips among many people. Some people may not be aware that allergies are the cause of their chapped lips. Some of the common allergies that lead to chapped lips include allergies to nickel and cobalt. One of the main symptoms of these allergies is dry and crusty lips. Therefore, ensuring you determine and avoid substances that you’re allergic to is very important to maintain your lips moist always. In addition, some toothpaste and lipsticks contain ingredients that some people are allergic to; therefore, producing the chapped lips effect. It is advisable to stop using these products for a while to see whether there will be an improvement on your lips.
The signs and symptoms of some medical complications silently cause chapped lips without your knowledge. Also, you may be suffering from some medical complications that you are not aware of and dry and chapped lips maybe one of their side effects. According to doctors and facial therapists, some medical complications deplete your lips health making them more sensitive and vulnerable to environmental factors such as sunlight and cold. Some of the medical conditions that lead to dry and chapped lips include Down’s syndrome, angular cheilitis, perleche, thyroid disease and psoriasis.
It is your responsibility to take care of your health. Although, you may not be fully aware of the causes of chapped lips, it is always advisable to engage in activities that enhance the health of your lips or seek professional advice on how to deal with the chapped lips condition. Good looks define who you’re and serve to boost your morale, motivation and self-esteem. Therefore, you should sensitise yourself on the causes of chapped lips and the appropriate steps to take to deal with this condition to improve your combination looks.