Is winter playing havoc with your lips?


In New Zealand, weather can be extreme. The burning summer sun and harsh winters strip our skin of moisture. Because the skin on your lips is more sensitive than the rest of your skin, it can be quick to complain. Dry, peeling, cracked lips are a sign that the barrier function of lip skin has been compromised.  And if you frequently lick your lips, the problem is exacerbated.

To keep your lips in perfect form this winter, prevention is the best defence. Ensure you drink enough water; avoid licking your lips, as once the saliva evaporates your lips dry out even further; and use a gentle exfoliate on your lips a couple of times a week, to remove dead skin cells. Most important of all, choose the right lip balm. You need a balm that prevents your lips from losing moisture.

A great way to prevent and treat dry lips is regular use of Manuka oil ointment. Some products commonly used as lip balm, such as petroleum jelly, only provide a barrier that traps moisture in. Not only do they not actually moisturise, but they are actually known comedogenics, meaning that they block pores – and that can lead to further skin problems.

Four tips for lip health this winter:

  1. Form a barrier to keep moisture in

Manuka oil ointment contains beeswax, which creates a barrier on your lips to ensure no moisture is lost. You can use a thin layer of the ointment beneath lipstick and lip gloss.

  1. Moisturise

Other ingredients in ManukaRx include cocoa butter, shea butter and sunflower seed oil. These are all known for their moisturising properties. Plus they offer a host of vitamins to keep lip skin in top condition.

  1. Help healthy skin grow

If your lips are ever cracked or chapped, using ManukaRx ointment will help them to recover. The manuka and turmeric oil in ManukaRx offer antibacterial properties, to assist skin health.

  1. Sunscreen

If you’re off skiing or know you’re going to be in the sun, be prepared. Lips need sunscreen too. Put a layer of sunscreen on your lips, and then put some Manuka ointment on top. This regime protects your skin from two kinds of damage – UV and moisture loss.

Keep a tube of ManukaRx ointment handy in your desk drawer, handbag, and car glove box or in the pocket of your ski jacket. Use it and know you’re protecting your skin from damage the natural way, with the moisturising and healing power of nature.


  • kiri blackburn

    Have you thought about including a sunscreen in a lipbalm as a product? I would prefer this as is so easy to apply one product and not 2 separate ones

  • Anne Scott

    Would love to try this. Sounds wonderful. 😊

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