Have you ever noticed that your lips get dry for no reason? You are not sick, or you have a cold, yet your lips are getting dry! That’s because of some of your daily habits.
Let’s take a look at some of the habits that cause your lips to dry out.
Drinking too much tea or coffee
Drinking too much tea or coffee can dry out the lips. Caffeinated beverages can cause dehydration and make you thirsty after drinking tea or coffee. Drinking too much caffeinated beverages can cause your lips to become chapped or cracked.
Salty foods make your lips dry. If you eat salty foods like chips, your lips may become dry.
Do not drink water
If you do not drink enough water, your lips may become dry and chapped. Take a water bottle with you when you go out and drink water regularly.
Using some lipstick and lip balm can cause your lips to become dry and chapped. So use good quality lipstick.
If you lick your lips, your lips may become dry, which may make you feel the opposite. Neil Sadiq, MD, director and founder of Sadiq Dermatologist in New York City, said the enzymes in saliva make the skin dry. So give up the habit of licking the lips.
Garvis Garstner, a dermatologist and MD at New York City, says regular brushing does not cause cavities and maintains good oral health. But using the wrong toothpaste can damage your lips. If your lips become dry due to your toothpaste, you can change it and use another toothpaste.
Bathe in hot water
Dr. Sadiq said that hot water removes the oil that protects the skin, resulting in the skin becoming dry and tight and prone to itching. So he suggested using lukewarm water instead of very hot water.
Breathing through the mouth
Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose, but the lips become dry. If the nose is closed, you can use nasal drops.
Due to drugs
Medication can also cause dry mouth. This can be done by taking antidepressants, antihistamines, antidepressants, decongestants, muscle relaxants and painkillers, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Dry, chapped lips are annoying any time of year, but the problem becomes more prominent in the fall and winter. Thanks to frigid temps and less humidity in the air, any natural moisture in your lips simply evaporates, leaving you with dry skin, flaking, or even cracks.
“Unlike the rest of the skin which has a thick stratum corneum (dead cell layer) for extra protection, the lips do not, so they are even more prone to winter dryness,” explains Heidi Waldorf, M.D., founder of Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics and associate clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai University.