Taking Care of Your Lips

Oral health isn’t all about your teeth. Here’s how to give your lips some love, too.

 

The environment can wreak havoc on your lips. They have a super-thin outer layer and few oil-producing glands, which means they can get dried out easily.

Wind and pollution contribute to dryness, but nothing is worse for lips than the sun. Prolonged sun exposure increases your risk of skin cancer and premature aging. So it’s very important to keep your lips protected and hydrated throughout the year!

 

Summer

Apply a water-resistant lip balm with a good SPF. Apply it throughout the day for maximum benefits. If they're extra dry and chapped, gently exfoliate them with a soft toothbrush.

 

Winter

The cold months can be almost as harsh as warmer ones. Keep lip balm on hand and don't lick your lips. Saliva quickly evaporates, causing lips to dry out easily.

 

Oh, and don't smoke

Everyone knows it’s just plain unhealthy for you. But puffing can also cause premature wrinkles around the lips and make you look older than you are!

 

Want to learn more about taking care of your mouth?

How to properly brush your teeth

 

Why gum care prevents disease

Flossing the right way

Taking care of your toothbrush