(HealthDay News) -- Chapped lips often occur throughout winter, but there are things you can do to prevent them, the Mayo Clinic says.
Here are the clinic's suggestions:
Before you go outside in cold weather, apply a lubricating lip cream or balm. Then cover your lips with a scarf. Reapply the balm as needed.
Do not lick your lips. Saliva evaporates quickly, leaving lips drier than before you licked them.
Drink plenty of fluids, and moisten the indoor air with a humidifier.
Avoid contact with irritants or allergens, such as fragrances or dyes, in cosmetics and skin care products.
Breathe through your nose. Breathing through your mouth can cause your lips to dry out.
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