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Winter Lip Care

By Richa Sahni

Think of dry lips, oh! It feels so embarrassing right? During winter our lips turn drier. But a little extra attention can help you avoid chapped lips. Take a look how!

When you smile your lips are indeed the most important features that draw attention but when the weather is dry, your lips may chap and then even smiling can be painful. Other than that when the lips are dark and pigmented then too you may feel embarrassed because of that when you smile.

“Seasonal change to winter can be directly felt on the lips. Dip in outside temperature can lead to extreme dryness scaling and chapping of lips to an extent that sometimes they may start bleeding. Skin on the lips is different than the rest of the face as it is thin does not have any sweat and oil glands which is why the self moisturising ability is compromised. It loses its barrier function easily more so because these are vascular part starts to bleed. Commonly I see that corners of the mouth are first affected followed by peeling off the skin on the lips. Patients tend to keep licking to keep up the moisture which is transient relief,” says Dr. Narmada Matang, Consultant Dermatologist, Neo Skin and Cosmetic Clinic, Mumbai.

Keep That Pout Smooth and Lovely All Winter Long:

Being always disclosed and the crack in lips formed due to weather condition can become larger even with little stretch. Thus, they need an extra and especial care in winter that can give you soft and pretty moisturised lips throughout the cold season. Lip care in winter is not only essential for getting a beautiful appearance, but also for retaining a good lip health. Chapped, scaly, or peeling lips are the signs of unhealthiness.

Beauty Expert Shahnaz Husain spills the beans on effective lip care routine for this winter. Read on!
Drink plenty of water and have a nutritious diet. Include fruits, eggs, fish, soyabean, cottage cheese in your diet. This will help to keep the lips nourished and hydrated.

  • Use herbal lip balm with sun-protection.
  • Avoid using matte lipsticks in winter. Remove make-up at night.
  • Apply almond cream at night and leave on overnight.
  • Avoid peeling the skin off cracked lips.
  • Mild scrubs can help to exfoliate the skin on the lips, so that they don’t start peeling. Chap-sticks and Lip Balms are available for chapped lips. So are medicated ointments, especially if the lips are cracked and bleeding.

While Dr. Matang said “moisturising repeatedly is the only way to get back the intact smooth skin on the lips in winters. Protection from exposure to cold by using physical methods like a scarf or a muffler is advised. Choose a moisturiser which acts as a barrier on the skin. Avoid using matt lip colours which can dry. Also avoid using lip plumplers at this time of the year. If you happen to be in very cold places and use heaters then use of humidifiers is advised instead. Remember to remove the lip colour completely and moisturise with paraffin jelly before going to bed. Other things to keep in mind would be to limit exposure to sun and wind and hydrate during this time.”


  • Constantly moisturise your lips by usage of lip balms with SPF 15 and avoid direct sun exposure which can dry the lips.
  • Good hydration means good and supple lips too.
  • Avoid frequent licking and biting of lips. This eventually leads to drier lips than before.

Inputs by Dr. Sapna V Roshni Cosmetic Surgeon and Hair Specialist, Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation

Home Is Where You Have All The Ingredients:

The golden secrets of gaining fresh, soft, and luscious lips are by using home remedies. They are cheap, surely available, and accessibe at any time. If you use these secret tips, your lips will look moisturised and healthy, even without using lipsticks or lip balms. So try these simple remedies to cure your lips and enjoy everlasting moisture.

Honey: Using honey to moisturise your lips is the best. You need to apply this in the night, before going to bed. It is the best way to clean your lips. It will also cure dark lips, caused due to sun exposure. “Honey is a good moisturising agent and sugar is an excellent exfoliant to remove dead cells of chapped lips.A paste of these two can be applied on lips and later washed with luke warm water,” says Dr. Sapna V Roshni, Cosmetic Surgeon and Hair Specialist, Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation.

Ghee: Ghee has the same effect on the lips as honey. You need to apply a few drops of ghee on your lips, before going to sleep. It will give you smooth and soft lips, within no time.

Green Tea Bags: The oldest home remedy followed by many is green tea bags. Press one used green tea bag, against your lips for at least 4 minutes. You need to do this every day to increase the moisture of your lips. This is the best natural remedy used to cure chapped lips.

Jojoba Oil: This remedy gives a natural instant relief from severely chapped lips. All you need to do is take a few drops of jojoba oil and apply it on the affected area. You need to leave it on for about 15 minutes. Jojoba oil helps in a speedy recovery of your lips.

Cream of Milk: “After washing the face, when the lips are wet, rub them gently with a soft towel. This helps to remove dead skin. Then apply cream of milk and leave on for an hour. If the lips are dark, add a few drops of lemon juice to the cream of milk. Apply pure almond oil daily on the lips at night and leave on overnight,” suggested Beauty Expert Shahnaz Husain.

The Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t lick your lips— When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips actually has the opposite effect. Once you put saliva on the lips, it dries out and makes the lips even drier. Plus the enzymes that are in saliva that are meant to digest food are irritating to the lips.

Use a lip balm that is ointment-based— This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains petrolatum, essential oils, or glycerin. Another important ingredient is sunscreen — there still is sun in the winter.

Avoid brushing or rubbing your lips when they are flaky or peeling— It’s better not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers. That just creates cracks and sores on your lips and can make things worse. Instead, apply a very heavy ointment-based balm that will be soothing and help to heal your lips.

Avoid lip balms containing camphor, eucalyptus and menthol— These substances actually dry out your lips and make the problem worse. In response, you apply more of this kind of lip balm, and the cycle continues.

Try to pamper your lips as much as you can, with all the goodness of these remedies. You will find them to be perfectly smooth. Say good-bye to chappy lips and enjoy moisturized lips this winter. If your lips are sensitive and you cannot rely on any chap sticks (as many people are allergic to chap sticks), you can use normal Vaseline jelly. It prevents sun blisters and nourishes your lips thoroughly. Anyone can use the above remedies, they are the best!


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