By Nancy Johnson Horn, Editor —
Do you remember using ChapStick when you were little? I do, as most people remember, it was pretty much the first time anything remotely glossy ever touched our lips. I’ll never forget the smell of the cherry flavor — I think everyone around owned it. But fast forward to adulthood. ChapStick is still always the first thing I turn to when my lips get chapped.
But can we do more to help our lips? My oldest child and I recently attended an event with Chapstick and Soccer Player Alex Morgan and learned some great things about how to keep my kissers healthy.
But first my 8 year old got a soccer lesson… with Alex Morgan and the staff at Chelsea Piers.
Then we spoke to Alex herself (yes, she hurt her foot recently, but should be fine now). She spoke about her lip and skin care regimen — she was even more beautiful in person.
Top Tips for Lip Health from Dr. Melanie Grossman and ChapStick®
1. Lips are prone to dehydration, so taking extra care to stay hydrated is key.
Drink plenty of water every day and increase the amount in drier weather conditions.
2. Use lip moisturizers (like ChapStick) to hydrate and seal in moisture, especially in harsh conditions, like cold and windy weather.
3. During dry weather conditions – like out west or in the winter – use a humidifier at home to combat the dry air which causes dry, chapped lips.
4. During extended sun exposure, wear a lip moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher including on your lips.
5. If lips are chronically cracked, itchy or sore it may be a sign of infection, allergy or other conditions that require dermatologist evaluation.