One of the inevitable aspects of wintertime is the severe lack of moisture in the cold, harsh air, which unfortunately leads to dryness of the skin. Because the body is less able to absorb the limited moisture, many people experience peeling, chapped lips. More than just a simple annoyance, chapped lips can be quite sore and painful, prompting most people to rely on lip creams or balms to ease the irritation. As a massage therapist, you can help your clients (and yourself) by knowing ways to heal this frustrating wintertime problem.
People may experience dry, chapped lips for a variety of reasons, including dehydration, constant exposure to the elements, and even allergic reactions to food or medications. Some people may even have a vitamin deficiency that causes the lips to become chapped. Other times, our very own behavior may be the culprit. One of the worst habits that can cause chapping is constantly licking your lips. To combat chapped lips, many people are prepared by always having a tube of lip balm with them at all times. In addition to applying creams or balms, one of the most important things to remember is to stay hydrated.
There are a number of products on the market to choose from for lip care. Knowing which ingredients are most beneficial to the health of your lips can help make the decision a bit easier. Some ingredients can increase your lips’ ability to retain moisture, while others have healing properties that speeds the relief process. Being equipped with this information and having it readily available to share with clients can be an additional service welcomed by clients. And, if you’re really feeling ambitious, you can even try your hand at making your own balms to sell to clients in your practice.
Everyone experiences chapped lips, and it doesn’t only have to happen during the cold months. So not only can you help your clients, but also your friends, family, and yourself, all year long. Learn more about how you can care for your lips by reading the entire article here .
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