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 you could consider adding to your diet.
Vitamin A. This vitamin helps your skin – including the skin on your lips. It contributes to the repair of skin damage and helps retain moisture better.
Foods rich in Vitamin A: Eggs, Milk, Spinach, Apricots
Vitamin C. This vitamin can help boost your immune system and restore your lips after sun or wind damage. It helps you retain the collagen in your lips, which is what makes them look plump and healthy.
Foods rick in Vitamin C. Orange Juice, Strawberries, Green Peppers, Citrus Fruits, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes
Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to keep skin smooth. It’s often part of lip medications but you can get it naturally by eating certain foods.
Foods rich in Vitamin E: Nuts, Fortified Cereals, Leafy green vegetables and vegetable oils
Zinc. Zinc is an important mineral in maintaining moisture. If you don’t get enough zinc from your diet, you can get it as part of a multivitamin supplement.
Foods rich in Zinc: Oysters, Beef, Crab, Lobster and Yogurt