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Dry, Rough & Flaking Lips….

Dry, rough & flaking lips….

As winter starts, the first effect is always

seen on your lips. They become dry. & as soon as

your lips starts flaking, you start using

your favourite lip balm. But be cautious

before using any lip balm. You should always

read ingredient present in it. Lip balm containing

phenol & camphor are very strong antiseptic chemicals. They

actually make your lip more dry- causing the

problem rather than solving it. You must have

experienced in past that many a times that

even after using lip balm your lips get

more and more dry and sometimes it even

bleeds and this is due to such harmful

chemicals in it. So, it is always better to avoid it.

What can you do?

  • Go Green

If possible, look for the natural ingredients like

cocoa butter, shea butter etc. They contain

good vitamin A & vitamin E which are

very beneficial for your dry lips. Other nutrients

which are important for dry lips which you

have to take internally are discuss later.

Cocoa butter and shea butter are non- toxic &

rich in emollient & moisturizers that protects &

soothes your dry, chapped lip without any side effects.

  • Stay hydrated

In winter as climate is cold, you sweat less and

that’s why you feel less thirsty and you drink

less water due to which your skin does not get

hydrated properly and its starts getting dry along with

dry lips. So, you should drink sufficient water especially

when you have dry lips. To count your daily

water intake, it is better that you fill one bottle in

morning and drink it from that bottle. Finished it till

afternoon before lunch. Then again after lunch

you refill it and finished it by evening.

To read my blog on water in winter, just click here.

  • Take proper nutrition

Nourishing your skin both externally and internally is

important. So, along with natural ingredient in your

lip balm, it is also important to have some nutrients like

calcium, magnesium and omega-3 internally from

natural source. And they are-

Good natural sources of Calcium are-

  • Curry leaves
  • Fenugreek leaves &
  • Radish leaves

They also contain many other vitamins like

vitamin-A which is also beneficial for your dry lip.


Good natural sources of magnesium are-

  • Ragi
  • Coconut dry
  • Almond

Along with magnesium, they also provide you

good vitamin E which is also good for your dry lips.


Good natural sources of omega -3 are-

  • Walnut
  • Flax seeds &
  • Chia seeds.

Along with omega-3, they give you good protein and

other minerals which are very beneficial for tissue repair.


That’s all for today

Wish you a healthy winter ahead!

Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life-

Dr Bhumita Makwana

Your Dietitian & Cosmetic Clinician

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