While drinking plenty of water, getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly and relaxing can help reduce the chance of cold sores, certain vitamin and mineral-rich foods can do wonders for promoting lip health. Here are some foods to consider adding to your diet.
Vitamin A. This vitamin helps your skin – including the skin on your lips – repair damage as well as helping the growth and regeneration of the protective layers of the skin.
Foods rich in Vitamin A: EGG YOLK, WHOLE MILK, CARROTS, SPINACH, MANGO
Vitamin C. This important vitamin isn’t stored in the body, so a regular top-up from your diet is important. It helps you retain the collagen in your lips, which is what makes them look plump and healthy.
Foods rich in Vitamin C: RED CAPSICUM, CITRUS FRUITS, KIWIFRUIT, TOMATOES, BROCCOLI
Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps keep skin smooth. In combination with Vitamin C, it can help protect against UV sensitivity
Foods rich in Vitamin E: ALMONDS, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES, AVOCADO, WHEAT GERM OIL
Zinc. Zinc is an important mineral in maintaining collagen and elastin in the skin, helping to slow down the development of wrinkles.
Foods rich in Zinc: OYSTERS, BEEF, CRAB, PUMPKIN SEEDS, CASHEWS