SWAK! (Sealed with A Kiss)

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Dry, cracked lips can make your patients frown during the harsh winter months. But, new products can help make them smile again.

Because lips don't contain oil glands, they can quickly become dry and chapped. And licking the lips only makes the situation worse.

The following recommendations from the American Academy of Dermatology can help your patients keep their lips in kissable condition.

* Increase moisture: Keep air in the home moist with a humidifier.

* Don't lick: The constant wetting and drying that occurs with licking lips quickly causes chapped lips.

* Cover your face: In the winter, especially on windy days, a scarf or hat with a mask that covers the lips should be worn.

* Use lip balm that contains sunscreen: The sun can cause chapped lips and make already chapped lips worse, so a product that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be used.

In addition to these tips, the Mayo Clinic suggests staying hydrated, avoiding allergens, and breathing through the nose instead of the mouth.

To protect lips and keep them moisturized, Blistex offers two new products - Moisture Melt and Simple and Sensitive. Moisture Melt is formulated with moisturizing soft beads that contain shea butter and aloe. It also has an SPF of 1 5 for sun protection. Simple and Sensitive is perfect for not only those with sensitive skin but also for those who are looking for minimum ingredients in their products. This moisturizing lip balm contains only six ingredients: cocoa butter, sunflower seed oil, jojoba, vitamin E, microcrystalline wax, and phenoxyethanol (a necessary preservative to maintain freshness). There are no added colors, flavors, or fragrances.

Burt's Bees Ultra Moisturizing Lip Treatment with Kokum Butter absorbs quickly into the lips. It is packed with antioxidants and essential fatty acids harvested from the fruit of the Garcinia tree. Shea butter and vitamin E also help leave lips feeling soft and smooth and heal dry skin. This hypoallergenic, 100% natural treatment is clinically proven to provide immediate moisturization.

Eucerin's Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect with broad-spectrum SPF 30 suncreen soothes and helps heal severely dry lips, while the sunscreen helps protect against harsh UVA/UVB rays that occur even during winter months. The protectant is formulated for sensitive lips - it's fragrance-, preservative-, and dye-free.

Carma Laboratories' Carmex Lip Conditioner keeps lips lightly conditioned, not waxy or sticky, with a creamy orange flavor made from real oranges. The custom-blend formula contains 13 moisturizing ingredients, including aloe and cocoa butter, lanolin, and vitamin E. It can be easily applied using the slant -tip applicator, and it leaves a matte finish. …