With the emergence of each new season, there are climate changes that require our bodies to adapt once more. More or less daylight hours, warmer or colder weather, humidity or aridity, rain, wind, or sunshine. There’s always a period of adjustment but autumn and winter can be pretty brutal. So, whilst scarves, winter boots and a rich moisturiser might already be on your radar, what else should you be considering?
Strangely, it’s the often-neglected lips that are so desperately in need of extra TLC during colder periods. But if you get started now, you don’t have to be a purveyor of chapped, cracked, flaky, stinging lips this year. You can be the one with the super-soft, hydrated lips instead!
Dry Lips in Autumn and Winter
As the weather becomes more autumnal, it's usual for lips to feel drier than normal. You can blame it on the fact that skin in this area is incredibly thin and more sensitive. That doesn’t leave an awful lot of protection against the elements, whether it’s hot sunshine or arctic winds. Couple that with colder air which doesn’t retain moisture well and central heating, another moisture stripper, and our poor lips don’t stand much of a chance.
Another reason is that lips don’t contain oil-producing glands either, so there’s no natural means of keeping the area moist. And if you’re thinking hang on a sec, what about licking my lips, whilst saliva may give you an instant boost of moisture, it soon evaporates, leaving lips even drier.
Something else to keep in mind is your hydration levels. That’s because colder weather can often put us off drinking water during the colder months as we tend to stick to hot drinks. So, it’s even more vital to maintain the recommended daily intake since dehydration equals drier lips.
How Can You Prevent Chapped Lips?
There’s nothing worse than tight, uncomfortable, sore, bleeding lips and for most of us, the normal go-to is a tube of Chapstick, Vaseline or another lip balm to avoid chapped lips. But whilst they might temporarily soothe dry lips, they often contain chemicals and flavours that further irritate the skin. Fortunately, there are better products which actively work on a deeper level to improve dry and chapped lips.
The most important thing is to add lip protection to your daily skincare routine, applying it morning and evening and throughout the day as needed. One of our winter favourites is Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Lip Balm, brimming full of antioxidants, this ultra-nourishing formula brings immediate relief and long-term hydration to lips. Skincare lovelies like Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and Beeswax restore softness and elasticity, while Vitamin E provides that all-important protective, antioxidant barrier.
If you’d like something smoothing and plumping, then you simply must try the unique IS CLINICAL® Youth Lip Elixir. This luxurious moisturising crème complex visibly smooths and intensely hydrates as highly effective active ingredients soften and plump the appearance of the lips.
Think of powerhouse ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins C, E and B5, Shea and Cocoa Butter and they’re all in this formulation. Not to mention the clinicals proprietary combination of Extremozymes® which provide unrivalled multi-level protection from those harsh, winter environmental aggressors, maintaining healthy lips in tip-top, premium condition.
Alternatively, for those on the look-out for something with anti-ageing properties, your go-to lip product is Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Lip Cushion. It really is as good as it sounds!
This is the one to restore definition to the lip contour, minimise lines and wrinkles, boost hydration levels and enhance volume. It does this on a number of levels, firstly by intensely hydrating and repairing the skin, then boosting circulation which revives the natural lip colour, strengthening the vermillion border (outline) to prevent feathering and restoring natural volume. It also offers a protective action against the drying effects of lipsticks and stains. Truly, a lip product to achieve fuller, softer, kissable lips, ready for that mistletoe!
So, there’s absolutely no reason to suffer again this winter. Choose a Skinstation lip product and feel the difference it makes to your lips. Say no to dryness, no to chapping and banish soreness forever! To see even more of our lip products, click here.