Cracked Lips: A Sign of Dehydration
If you just cannot seem to get rid of your cracked lips, no matter how much Vaseline you slather on, then the problem could be internal. Did you know that the amount of water you drink every day plays an important role in the ‘kissability’ of your lips? Find out how you can say Goodbye to chapped lips forever!
Many of us suffer from chronic cracked lips. And sometimes, they stay all through winter, making you look as miserable as you feel because of the chill! Cracked lips could be caused by a variety of reasons – too much sun exposure, bitter winds, poor choices in cosmetics and poor moisturizing routines. But one reason that most of us do not consider is dehydration. If you have tried all tips and tricks you could come across to treat chapped lips, and still see no positive results, then it is time you take a closer look at your water intake.
Are your lips chapped because you are dehydrated?
Dehydration is one of the main causes of chapped lips. The skin on our lips is thinner than the skin elsewhere. And for this precise reason, if your body is not hydrated from the inside, the effects show outside – namely on your lips. You need as much as 8 to 10 glasses of water every day, even in winters. And while you can replace water with other beverages like lemonade, green teas and herbal concoctions; coffee, tea and alcoholic drinks don’t quite come in the same category. In fact, these 3 rather cause more dehydration! So you are better off without these, at least until your chronic cracked lips are cured!
You have to ensure you sip on enough fluids through the course of the day to hydrate your lips from within. All the expensive lip balms you are investing upon will not help you if your body is dehydrated. This is because as our body dehydrates, all skin cells, including the skin on lips, become dry and shrivel up. This causes cracks on the lips, which become painful and embarrassing.
However, there is no clear indication of exactly how much water is enough to stay hydrated. Health professionals will recommend drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water, but for some people even this isn’t enough. As always, let your body guide you. If you notice that your skin and lips are dry even after drinking 10 glasses of water a day you obviously need more water. And the reason for this could be because you stay in a dry place, or have a very active lifestyle.
But not drinking 8 glasses of water is not the only way to know if you are dehydrated. Pay a closer attention to the area you live in. If you stay in a dry place, like Gujarat or Rajasthan, it could very well be the dryness in the air that is contributing to your chapped lips woes. Also, in winters, most people in the North use heaters and blowers to heat the house. But these heaters also cause a lot of dryness, making your skin and especially your lips very dry and chapped. So, the solution here is to either invest in a humidifier, or use an oil heater in winters to avoid the dryness.
Maintain the moisture in the air and drinking ample water can definitely help you get rid of ugly, chapped lips.
Tips for more kissable lips:
We have discussed that dehydration may be the biggest culprit when it comes to chapped lips. But for your lips to become soft, smooth and very kissable you will require a little more help than just 8 glasses of water a day!
1. Don’t Lick Dry Lips – Most of us think that when our lips are dry, they need hydration so we lick them, right? Bad choice! Because the skin on your lips is extremely thin and as the saliva evaporates, it takes with it the natural moisturizers of your lips! Not to add, saliva contains powerful enzymes who perform a simple job – breakdown of food. And these enzymes can also breakdown the skin on your lips, making them a lot more chapped and painful.
2. Don’t Smoke – We have discussed that tea, coffee and alcohol are all bad for skin because they cause dehydration. But so do cigarettes. Cigarettes cause excessive dehydration, and will make your chapped lips a lot worse!
3. Exfoliate Damp Lips – Right after your bath, use a toothbrush to exfoliate the skin on your lips. Yes, you heard us right! All you need is a regular or electric toothbrush and damp lips. Use in circular motions for about 30 seconds. This will remove all dead skin cells and make your lips smoother and fuller!
4. Invest In a Good Lip Balm – to heal your cracked and painful lips, you need a good quality lip balm. What a lip balm must essentially have is an oil base. This base will cover the skin of lips and prevent loss of moisture, also sealing in the healing properties of the balm. The ideal bases to choose from are petroleum jelly, beeswax or any other good oil. Also make sure your balm has vitamins and other nutrients that encourage cell regeneration and heal the cracked skin. Don’t forget to choose a lip balm with SPF, as lips often get dry and dehydrated because of sun exposure.
5. Choose Moisturizing Lipsticks – For all women with cracked dry lips, using lipstick can be painful as it enhances the sorry condition of your lips. So, try moisturizing lipsticks that don’t contain alcohol, but instead contain aloe, beeswax or other moisturizing agents.