01.23.18

Winter Lip Care for Young Musicians

Posted in healthy playing at 5:00 am by Administrator

Winter Lip Care

For wind and brass players, the condition of our lips can make or break our day in band. Playing is fun when our lips are soft, supple, and responsive…but dry, cracked, chapped lips can make playing feel awful! In the winter, we have to do a little extra work to protect our lips from the cold, dry air. Here are 4 things you can do to keep your lips working well all winter long.

1. Drink lots of water. – Winter air doesn’t just chill the outdoors; it also dries out our lips and skin! One of the easiest ways to combat this is to drink plenty of water. Keeping your entire body hydrated helps keep your lips hydrated as well.

2. Don’t lick! – Licking your lips may make them feel moist for a minute, but as the air dries the saliva off your lips, they actually end up being drier than before. And dry lips are more likely to chap and split…ouch!

3. Save your chops. – If you need some moisture on your lips, try using a great lip balm, like Chop Saver. Chop Saver helps your lips stay well-moisturized, and is full of herbs that can help your lips recover after a long practice session or band class.

4. Practice! - Believe it or not, practicing is a great way to heal and prevent chapped lips. Playing stimulates bloodflow to the lips, and can help scrub off dry, chapped skin. Unless your lips have chapped so much that they’re split and bleeding, playing is a good idea!

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