Winter Chapped Lips
Winter lips can be frustrating, even painful sometimes. Here’s what to do. Use your AM and PM moisturizers and sunscreen on your lips every time as well. Some patients like to use their eye cream on their lips also. Use the more moisturizing lipsticks and a second coat of lip balm (love the Jack Black Lip Balm SPF 25). Reapply often.
Try not to lick your lips – it’s drying. Keep a tube of Burt’s Bees or something similar for your nightstand. Remember that sudden sun exposure (especially skiing) can trigger a cold sore. So wear an SPF lip balm if you are prone to those and keep a prescription of famciclovir or valacyclovir on hand for flare ups. For information on the lip area, check out our article on mouth issues.