Constantly suffering from chapped, dry lips? Here’s why.
Let’s face it: dry lips are super annoying. No one is immune to them, especially since we spend a lot of time in air-conditioned environments. And while there’s nothing wrong with applying (and reapplying) lip balm, your pout can sometimes feel dry to the point that it’s getting itchy, sore, or swollen. If that happens, it could be a sign that something’s not right. Read on to find out what’s causing your dry, cracked lips.
Cracked lips, dry eyes, headaches, dizziness… these are all signs of dehydration. If you’re only drinking water when your throat feels parched, chances are you’re already dehydrated. Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much fluid, either through sweat or sicknesses such as fever, diarrhoea, or vomiting. Left untreated, dehydration can have serious consequences. Make sure you’re drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of water per day to prevent this.
You breathe through your mouth
Have you been breathing through your mouth more than usual lately? The constant inhaling and exhaling of air dries out your mouth, throat and the delicate skin on your lips. Mouth breathing can also lead to other unpleasant conditions like bad breath or dry cough, so breathe through your nose as much as possible!
You’re having an allergic reaction
If your lips are starting to itch and swell, it could be a sign that you’re allergic to an ingredient in your lip care or cosmetic products. Certain ingredients that are added to lip balms and lipsticks to nourish and hydrate may end up causing irritation. Some common allergens include good-for-you ingredients like beeswax or vitamin E.
You lick your lips
Licking your lips may feel like the fastest way to hydrate them when they’re dry, but saliva can actually dehydrate your pout even further. Your saliva contains a digestive enzyme called amylase that helps to break down food. This same enzyme can start to dry out and irritate the delicate skin on your lips if you’re constantly licking them.
You’re on medication
Certain medications have a dehydrating effect that can cause dry lips as a side effect. Oftentimes, applying lip balm a little more frequently can remedy this. However, if doing so doesn’t help and you’re experiencing more discomfort, check back with your doctor for alternative medication.
Your toothpaste is too strong
Those promises of intensive teeth whitening or powerful fresh breath could be doing you more harm than good. If your lips feel like they’re burning every time you brush your teeth, it could be a sign that certain ingredients in your toothpaste are causing some sort of irritation. Switch to a milder toothpaste that won’t make your lips feel like they’re on fire.
You have a vitamin B deficiency
Besides helping to regulate your metabolism and provide energy, vitamin B is also essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and nails. If you’ve noticed that your skin has been drier than usual when nothing else in your lifestyle has changed, you might have a vitamin B deficiency. Try incorporating more vitamin B-rich foods like eggs, red meat, whole grains, and green, leafy vegetables in your diet to remedy this.
(Also read: 6 Hydrating Lip Balms For Dry Lips)