Are Your Lips Chapped? Hello Gorgeous! It’s hard to believe winter arrives tomorrow December 21st. We're going from record-breaking highs to record-breaking low temperatures in less than two weeks. As they say, “Only in Texas!” With cold weather our likelihood for chapped lips increases. Most of us have had chapped lips. It can happen throughout the year, but the winter season's dry, cold air increases our chances, especially for those of us who lick our lips a lot. How do we avoid chapped lips? Here's a few tips I learned from one of my most trusted experts at Garbo A Salon & Spa…my Mom. Tips for Lip Care 1. Gently exfoliate your lips once a week. This can be done with a mild scrub or a soft toothbrush. This removes the dead skin. 2. After the scrub, seal in moisture with a lip balm. I suggest using Garbo's Lip Balm. It's organic and contains a sunscreen; however, coconut oil, cocoa butter or a thick lotion will work. AVEDA lipsticks also help. They are 95% naturally derived and contain cupuacu fruit butter from the Amazon rainforest and they also contain botanical oils to help protect your lips. 3. Don't lick your lips. This dries them out more. 4. Slather your lips before bedtime with your moisturizer. 5. On your next visit to Garbo, mention “CHARLIE” and receive a FREE Garbo lip balm. I hope these tips help guide you in keeping your lips soft and luscious this winter. A couple of things before I close my last “Ask Charlie” issue for 2022. I'm reminded that not all animals are as favored as I am and need our help. Will you please help me make a difference for my friends at the Austin Animal Center by donating a new or gently used toy, blanket, or pet supplies? We are accepting them at both of our locations. Anything you donate will be greatly appreciated. And lastly, I want to wish you a happy and safe festive time as you celebrate your holiday tradition (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Christmas)! It's wonderful to see people smiling and sharing joy this year. It is our tradition to close early for Christmas and New Year's. We will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve at Garbo North and Garbo South. We will be closed Sunday and Monday the 25th and 26th. Until my next issue…Happy Everything! If you have any questions, you'd like me to answer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, protect your lips from the cold weather so they don't get Ruff, Ruff!