An effective winter skincare routine can be a hard one to crack, but cracked lips are easy to get. Don't worry, we have your winter skincare routine prepped and ready!
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 and hard to heal. 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 amplified as once the saliva evaporates your lips dry out even further, ruining any possible fun in the winter months.
To keep your lips in perfect form this winter, prevention is the best defence. Ensure you drink enough water, avoid licking your lips 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 the regular use of Mānuka 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 have known comedogenics --meaning that they block pores, leading to further skin problems.
Four Tips For Better Lip Health This Winter:
1. Form a Barrier to Keep Moisture In
Mānuka Oil Ointment contains beeswax which is leaps and bounds better than petroleum jelly, and 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.
2. Moisturise, Moisturise, 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.
3. Help Healthy Skin Grow
If your lips are ever cracked or chapped, using ManukaRx Ointment will help them to recover. The mānuka and turmeric oil in ManukaRx Ointment offers antibacterial properties to assist skin health.
4. Apply Sunscreen Often
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 Mānuka Ointment on top. This regime protects your skin from two kinds of damage – UV and moisture loss. And remember, just because it's cold and overcast doesn't mean you can't get sunburn, reflection from the snow can be extra damaging.
Keep a tube of ManukaRx ointment handy in your handbag, car glove box or in the pocket of your ski jacket for your winter skincare. Use it and know you’re protecting your skin from damage the natural way, with the powerful moisturising and healing power of Mānuka Oil.