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By Damilola Faustino

Cold wind and extreme temperatures can affect the face and hands. One of the results of this is cracked lips. Unlike the hands, you can’t cover the face to protect it from the elements. And since the skin on our lips is relatively thin and sensitive, they often take the hardest hit. Here is how to easily get rid of cracked lips.

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Never fall for the urge to lick your cracked lips

While saliva may provide a quick fix, it actually makes things worse in the long run. This is because when you lick your lips, which are more sensitive than other parts of the skin, the saliva evaporates, leaving them drier than before.

Use moisturizing lipstick

Matte lipstick may look good but it can be insanely drying. Look for lipsticks that are moisturizing to help reduce dryness,  It is advisable you wear lip gloss. If your lips are extremely cracked, then you can line your lip with lip pencil and wear a lip balm.

Be careful with your other skin care

People who use some skin care products on their face sometimes mistakenly apply it on their lips and this can make the lips crack. As such, be careful with the skin or beauty products you use on your face.

Desist from picking or peeling your lips

It’s so tempting to just quickly pick or even peel your lips. However, picking or peeling can take off the healthy skin with it, resulting in open cuts, wounds or sores.

Exfoliate

You have to be careful when exfoliating your lips. The skin is really thin, so it damages more easily than the rest of your face if you use something too harsh. To do this, mix brown sugar crystals with olive oil or coconut oil, and rub the concoction gently on your lips.

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