Pucker Up

Your increased exposure to elements like sun, saltwater, and chlorine can wreak havoc on your skin, especially the sensitive layer over your kisser.

Soothe those cracked, chapped lips with these moisturizing ideas:

  • Stay hydrated. Just because you’re swimming in water doesn’t mean you’re drinking enough. In fact, it can be harder to gauge your fluid loss when you’re soaking. Make sure you’re getting enough H2O by checking your urine color — pale yellow or clear means you’re probably hydrated; dark yellow means you need to drink more.
  • Keep nutritional balance. Vitamin B and omega–3 fatty acids help the body resurface and moisturize skin cells. Eat more leafy greens, broccoli, oily fish (like salmon), avocados, beans, and sunflower seeds.
  • Try home remedies. For external relief, apply cucumbers, honey, or coconut milk to your lips, especially before bed. The therapeutic qualities have been found to reduce inflammation, close up cracks, and relieve discomfort. And breastfeeding moms might be surprised to learn that their own milk can help heal chapped lips. Gentle exfoliation can help remove dry patches, but be careful not to overdo it and irritate the sensitive mouth tissue.

Be aware that severe cracks and sores may indicate a more serious health problem, such as an allergy or even diabetes. See a doctor if symptoms persist.

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