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How can I prevent chapped lips?

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Factors inside and outside your body can dry out your lips. Want to keep your whistle wet? Drink up. You know it has tons of benefits for your body. One of those is to fight the dehydration that leads to chapped lips.

Use a humidifier indoors. These devices provide the moisture your lips and skin crave. It’s great to have one at work as well as at home, especially in the winter. Turn it on at night to replenish your skin while you sleep.

Don’t lick your lips. While it might seem like a good idea at the time, running your tongue over your lips is the worst thing you can do for them. As your saliva dries, it takes more moisture from your skin. Reach for your lip balm instead.

From: Why Are My Lips Chapped? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology:“Chapped Lips.”

Lauren Ploch, MD, professor of dermatology, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans.

De Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, St. Louis University, Missouri.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: “Does licking your lips when they’re chapped really help?”

Steven K. Grekin, DO, Grekin Skin Institute, Wyandotte, MI.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology:“Chapped Lips.”

Lauren Ploch, MD, professor of dermatology, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans.

De Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, St. Louis University, Missouri.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: “Does licking your lips when they’re chapped really help?”

Steven K. Grekin, DO, Grekin Skin Institute, Wyandotte, MI.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

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