Can Cracked Lips Be a Sign Of Dehydration?

Cracked Lips Be a Sign Of Dehydration
Q: I was having dehydration problems for last 3 days. Now I am recovering from dehydration problem, but when I notice my face my lips appears to be cracked. Is it the sign of dehydration? If so, how do can I get my beautiful lips back?
Expert Answer

Yes they can be, read on to find out how.

Dehydration: A Main Cause of Chapped Lips

The most common lip problem faced by many is dry and chapped lips. Your lips are naturally coated with an oily layer to keep them protected. If that thin oily film is removed, your lips tend to become dry, cracked, sore, red and in extreme cases even bleed.

Dehydration is one of the main causes of damaged lips. Dehydration means a deficiency of water content in the body. Your body is in constant need of fluids to keep the body cells hydrated and clean, but if your body is losing more water than its getting then you suffer from dehydration, which in addition to other problems, causes dry chapped lips.

Causes of Dehydration

The skin of your lips is much thinner than the rest of your body; therefore more sensitive. There are several factors that cause dehydration, such as;

  • Extreme weather
  • Exposure to sun
  • Exposure to dust
  • Less intake of water
  • Diarrhea vomiting
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased urination

How Much Water is Needed?

Water is a vital chemical component of your body. Almost sixty per cent of a human body weight is due to water. Every organ of your body is dependent on it. With the help of water, various nutrients are carried to different cells of the body, toxins are flushed out and moisture of your eyes, nose and throat are maintained.

Quantity of water that should be consumed by a person generally depends on the weather of the area, level of humidity and activity, but according to researchers human body requires at least 7-8 glasses of water every day in order to stay properly hydrated and healthy.

Here are a few things you can avoid in order to get dry and cracked lips by keeping them hydrated.

Don’t Lick Dry Lips

A lot of people are in the habit of rubbing their tongue over their lips frequently. When your lips get dry you lick them more often as it gives you short term comfort. However this makes dry lips go worse.

Your saliva contains digestive enzymes, which on evaporating from lips leave them even more dry and dehydrated than before.

Don’t Smoke

Don't Smoke

Smoking is extremely bad for your health in so many ways. Dry chapped lips can also be the result of your smoking habit. Regular smoking sucks out the moisture and destroys natural oil from the lips leaving them dry and cracked.

Exfoliate Damp Lips

Exfoliation is a process of removing* dry dead skin off your body. Your body is constantly generating new cells to replace the old and dry ones; therefore, you need to exfoliate to bring out fresh and younger layer of skin.

Here is how you can exfoliate; rub some oil or a mixture of oil, sugar and honey on your lips by gently using your fingers. Keep the mixture on for a little while and then rinse it off. After this apply petroleum jelly to keep the lips moist.

Invest In a Good Lip Balm

Lip balms are the best remedy for dry chapped lips. They are usually made of beewax and petrolatum, which when applied, locks in the moisture of your lips and also protects them from external threats.

If you want to buy yourself a good lip balm make sure its ingredients include vitamin E, aloe vera and oil you are not allergic to. To protect your lips from sun get a lip balm that has 15 or more SPF protection.

Choose Moisturizing Lipsticks

Makeup can greatly damage your skin if you don’t know how to shop for it. The lipsticks are usually a drying factor for our lips that can make them chapped. That problem can be solved to some extent by applying a lip balm before you put on a colored lipstick, but it causes the lipstick to wear off quickly.

Therefore, the best solution is to buy a lipstick, which has moisturizer in it. A moisturizing lipstick has oxidants and skin care ingredients, such as vitamin E, oils, Shea butter etc. that are beneficial for your skin.

Go With Best Lip Plumper

Lip plumpers are a cosmetic product that intentionally mildly irritates the skin of your lips, stimulating them and making them fuller. Look for a lip plumper that is also a moisturizer and has hyaluronic acid, a substance that helps the cells of your skin absorb water and remain hydrated.

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Contributor : Andrea Moore (Consumer Health Digest)

Andrea Moore has been a senior writer for Consumer Health Digest for more than a decade. She specializes in in all topics related to health, fitness, nutrition, and beauty. She has also worked as a communications and marketing professional. Connect with Andrea on Facebook for constant updates on her projects.

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