Why are my lips so dry even when I drink water? You may think you’re doing everything right: eating healthy, staying out of the sun, and drinking a lot of water. All the guides for better-looking skin and lips suggest doing these things, so why are your lips still so dry?
You’re not alone. Many people think that drinking water during the day will keep their lips from drying out, but that often isn’t the case. While dehydration can contribute to chapped lips, it isn’t the main factor. In this blog, we’ll talk about what causes lips to dry and how you can keep them hydrated and healthy.
Why do lips get dry?
The skin on your lips is much thinner than the rest of your skin and doesn’t produce sebum, which is what helps protect your facial skin from harmful environmental factors like harsh wind and sunlight. Since your lips don’t self-moisturize and are more exposed to the environment, they often end up drying out if you’re not helping them to rehydrate.
Why Are My Lips So Dry Even When I Drink Water?
Almost everyone has experienced dry lips at one time or another. But if you're constantly finding yourself dealing with chapped lips, even after drinking plenty of water, you may be wondering what's going on. We'll take a look at some of the possible causes of dry lips and offer some tips for how to get relief.
Some other factors that can cause dry lips are:
- Allergic reactions: Allergens in food, skincare, or store-bought lip balms can contribute to drying out your lips.
- Yeast infections: Licking your lips too much can result in yeast production, typically in the corners of your lips.
- Sun damage: Lips are especially sensitive to the sun’s damaging UV rays and exposing them to too much sunlight can lead to dryness and cracking.
- Vitamins: Getting too much vitamin A or too little vitamin B can lead to dry lips and skin, so make sure to eat a balanced diet.
- Heartburn: If you deal with frequent heartburn, your lips are probably suffering as well. Heartburn can result in the production of excessive saliva while you sleep, which dries out your lips overnight.
How do you hydrate your lips?
The best way to make sure your lips are staying properly hydrated is to use a lip balm made with all-natural ingredients. Making lip balm at home is easy and can usually be done using ingredients stored in your kitchen.
If you’d prefer to buy a name-brand lip balm, make sure to choose one without added fragrance, parabens, or alcohol. Many store-bought lip balms contain chemicals and preservatives that help relieve dry lips temporarily but contribute to dry, chapped lips when used often.
Here are a few more tips about how to keep your lips hydrated throughout the day:
- Stop licking them: Dermatologists agree that the number one cause of chapped lips is habitually licking them. Saliva dries out your lips and can lead to yeast buildup, which can cause more problems in the long run.
- Use a humidifier: Especially during the winter months, using a humidifier can help hydrate your skin and lips by putting moisture back into the air. Consider putting a humidifier in your room at night, particularly if you run the heater often.
- Remember to exfoliate: If your lips are dry and flaking, they won’t retain the moisturizing components of your lip balm as well. Exfoliate once or twice a week with a natural lip scrub to keep your lips smooth and allow them to absorb hydrating components more easily.
How do you make a hydrating lip balm?
We love making lip balms since they’re quick and easy to customize. Plus, they use all-natural ingredients, so they can provide a lot more hydration and benefits to your lips than a store-bought lip balm.
If you’re ready to make lip balm at home, here’s our favorite basic recipe that you can customize:
Basic DIY Lip Balm Recipe
All you need to make a hydrating lip balm is a solid butter like shea or coconut butter, beeswax, a carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. Here’s our favorite basic lip balm recipe that can be adjusted to your liking with different ingredients:
- 2 parts solid butter
- 1 part wax
- 1 part carrier oil
- A few drops of essential oil
- Add the butter and wax to a glass measuring cup
- Place the measuring cup in a pot filled with 2 inches of water – this is known as a double boiler and can help you melt the ingredients more evenly
- Melt over medium heat for 10-15 minutes
- Add the carrier oil and stir
- Remove from heat and add the essential oil
- Carefully pour into lip balm container
- Allow to cool and solidify for 30 minutes
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About the Author: Jenni Mac
Hi, I’m Jenni! I am a health and beauty blogger that loves making homemade beauty products. I have been blogging for over three years now, my first blog is RawBeautyBlog.com - it is all about natural products, DIY skin care, inner beauty, and anything else to do with natural living.
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