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Why do chapped lips only seem to get drier?

Skin needs water to stay stretchy and strong. When the air contains water in the form of a gas (water vapor), the air can help keep the skin healthy. But in the winter or in desert-like areas, the air does not have as much water vapor. Then the air dries out the skin.

You might think that frequent washing would help skin stay moist. In fact, washing over and over makes the skin dry out faster because it removes the skin’s natural oils, which hold in moisture. You can help prevent dry skin by drinking plenty of water, using hand lotion or moisturizer, and patting the skin dry instead of rubbing it.

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