Cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, especially those areas that are constantly exposed to the elements such as hands, face, and lips. While a good moisturizing routine can help combat against variable weather conditions, other dryness-inducing culprits may be irritating your skin, despite your best moisturizing efforts.

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Understanding what causes dry, chapped lips and hands and adding the right products to your moisturizing routine can help alleviate dryness and irritation and help reveal soft, beautiful skin.

Dehydration

Dehydration can have serious ramifications for your overall health, not just your lips and skin. Not drinking enough water can result in dry, irritated skin. Fortunately, drinking plenty of water throughout the day is an easy way to not only maintain your overall health but also protect against dry skin and lips.

While water intake is unique to each individual, that adage of eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day is a good goal to keep in mind. You should also try to eat foods with high water concentrations such as fruits and vegetables, especially after strenuous exercise or when you’re feeling under the weather.

Cold Weather

Unlike water consumption, weather patterns and seasonal changes are beyond our control. As the temperature drops, dry air can wick moisture away from thin, sensitive layers of skin, resulting in chapped, cracked lips.

Fortunately, a moisturizing natural lip balm can serve as a simple, even luxurious solution to combat the winter doldrums. Look for products made with moisturizing ingredients such as cocoa butter, natural oils, and enriching vitamins. This formula adds all-day moisture to combat dry lips and creates a healthy, luscious sheen.

Look for a cocoa butter lip balm that is moisturizing and incorporates fair-trade formulas and nourishing vitamins and oils. Ideally you can find a lip balm in an enticing flavor such as spearmint, rose, apricot, or vanilla to enhance your moisturizing experience.

Indoor Heat

As winter settles in, most of us flock indoors for protection against the frigid air. Unfortunately, warm indoor air can dry out our skin almost as much as the rough, cold winter. Indoor heat filters out moisture, drying our skin’s membrane and leaving chapped lips and dry skin.

Using a creamy, moisturizing lotion can protect against indoor air’s drying effects and replenish skin’s moisture. Glycerin lotion is a perfect addition to your moisturizing routine. Glycerin is naturally sourced from plants or processed using propylene alcohol. Plant-based glycerin is better for sensitive skin and can be effective in treating extremely dry skin. For best results, look for a product that is specially formulated with plant-derived, food-grade glycerin and is free of phthalates, gluten, and artificial colors.

Long, Hot Baths

During the chilly winter months, nothing feels better than a long, hot soak. However, like cold air, hot water can wick away skin’s moisture and protective oil, leaving hands, lips, and skin feeling dry and scaly.

For your next bath, turn down the temperature slightly and add bath oil beads. Just one or two of these bath oil beads will add light, fragrant moisture, leaving skin feeling soft and renewed throughout the night and next day. Look for high-quality bath oil beads in n array of soothing aromas such as cucumber ivy and white lilac, and your next bath will leave you feeling positively radiant and moisturized.

About Camille Beckman

Camille Beckman creates high-quality natural skin care and personal care products for customers across the U.S. These include soothing creams, moisturizing lotions, indulgent bubble bath, and more in a range of enticing scents.

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