How to Take Care of Your Lips
The environment can wreak havoc on your lips. They have a super-thin outer layer and few oil-producing glands, which means they can get dried out easily.
Wind and pollution contribute to dryness, but nothing is worse for lips than the sun. Prolonged sun exposure increases your risk of skin cancer and premature aging. So it’s very important to keep your lips protected and hydrated throughout the year.
In the summer
Apply a water-resistant lip balm with a good SPF. Apply it throughout the day for maximum benefits. If they're extra dry and chapped, gently exfoliate them with a soft toothbrush.
In the winter
The cold months can be almost as harsh as warmer ones. Keep lip balm on hand and don't lick your lips. Saliva quickly evaporates, causing lips to dry out easily.
Oh, and don't smoke
Everyone knows it’s just plain unhealthy for you. But puffing can also cause premature wrinkles around the lips and make you look older than you are!
The TRICARE Dental Program has you covered
One’s overall health is linked to oral health. For details about the TRICARE Dental Program and its benefits, select the Benefits tab on the website.
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