There are many things that can be frustrating about living in a dry climate, but one of the worst things for many women is how fast your lips can get chapped. Chapped lips might sound like a bit of a small concern, but once your lips are chapped, it makes it that much easier for them to crack painfully and even bleed – and you definitely don't want that. So if you're interested in a few ways to prevent your lips from getting chapped even in the driest of places, then here's what you need to know.
No matter what the weather is like outside, it's natural for you to want to look your best – and for a lot of women, that includes lipstick. However, a lot of lipstick formulas can be drying, leaving your lips less moisturized than they were when you first applied the lipstick. If you add up all the days during the week that you wear lipstick, the sum is often dry, cracked lips.
To circumvent this seeming inevitability, try going for a lipstick that moisturizes as well as adds color to your lips. Words like "cream," "wet," and "moisture" are buzzwords to look for to ensure that your new lipstick gives you what you need.
The one thing that's drier than the climate outside is the air that circulates around your home when you have the air conditioning or a fan constantly on. Having all that dry air constantly blowing against your mouth can dry out your lips faster than anything.
Staying one step ahead of this process is easy – avoid sitting in front of fans or air conditioning vents for extended periods of time. It's fine when you just get inside and feel overheated (which probably happens regularly in the summer), but in general, try to avoid these direct streams of air. If you must have your AC on all day, try putting a humidifier in the rooms you frequent the most, as the added moisture will slow down any drying.
Just because the sun has gone down and you're preparing to sleep doesn't mean that your lips will magically stay moist overnight. In fact, because you won't be drinking water or applying chapstick, it's very likely that your lips will dry out more during the night than at any other time.
The solution to these long, dry nights is to invest in a nighttime lip product. The formula for these lip products (marketed especially for the nighttime) is specially made to last a long time and intensely hydrate your lips, making it perfect for keeping your lips moisturized overnight. If you can't find a product specifically for nighttime, any thick, moisturizing product will do – even petroleum jelly.
For more information, or if you continue to have severe problems, it may be good to talk with a dermatologist, such as Henry E. Wiley, III, M.D..