Chapped or dry lips can be painful and unattractive. Common symptoms are dryness, redness, cracking, flaking, and tender or sore lips. Some of the main causes are vitamin deficiency, allergic reaction, dehydration, smoking, excessive licking of lips, sun exposure and harsh weather. Lips can become chapped or dry when they are exposed to the sun, wind, cold or dry air. A lip balm containing petroleum or beeswax will provide a barrier and help seal in moisture.
More moisture is lost through the lips than through any other part of the face or body.
When the lips lose moisture, the skin covering them become tight and start to split. The best thing to do for dry or sore lips is to regularly apply a lip balm containing petroleum or beeswax. Choose a balm with an additional sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to help protect your lips in the sun.
A lip balm will act as a shield to protect your lips against the sun, wind, cold or dry air. It will trap in moisture and seal cracks against infection.
There are many commercial products available to treat chapped lips. But you can save money and easily get relief with some easy-to-follow natural remedies.
Exfoliating dead cells off your chapped lips will help restore their natural softness faster.
1. Mix two teaspoons of sugar with one teaspoon of honey. Apply the paste to your lips and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use your fingers to gently rub the mixture on your lips to loosen the dead skin cells.
Wash it off with lukewarm water.
Honey; Honey is a great moisturizer that also has healing and antibacterial properties to treat chapped lips. Simply apply pure organic honey on your chapped lips several times a day.
• You can also make a paste of honey and glycerin and apply it before going to bed.
1. Rose petals; The rose plant in your garden can also come to your rescue when suffering from chapped lips. This remedy will help your lips stay moisturized while also enhancing their beautiful colour. Wash a handful of rose petals thoroughly in water. Soak the petals in milk for a few hours. (If you have issues with dairy products, you can soak them in glycerin instead.)
2. Mash the rose petals into a thick paste.
Apply the paste on your dry lips two to three times a day and every night before going to bed.
Coconut Oil; Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that heals chapped lips caused by cold or dry weather. Simply apply pure coconut oil several times a day on your lips to keep them moist. You can also use olive oil.
Castor Oil Castor oil is another good treatment for dry and chapped lips. Simply apply it on your lips several times a day.
• You can also make a soothing treatment using one teaspoon of castor oil, one teaspoon of glycerin and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and apply it on your lips before going to bed. In the morning, wash it off with a cotton ball dipped in lukewarm water. Repeat this daily until your lips are healed.
Milk Cream; The high fat content of milk cream makes it a great natural lip moisturizer.
1. Apply fresh milk cream on your lips and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then gently wash your lips with a cotton ball dipped in lukewarm water.
2. Do this daily to help your lips heal faster.
Drink plenty of fluids. Having 8-10 glasses of water per day is ideal. When your body is dehydrated, it often shows first in your lips. The more water, the better!
Don’t lick or pick at your lips. These two common habits can dry out your lips more and lead to an infection or a cold sore. When your lips are chapped, avoid the temptation to lick them constantly or pick at them.
Exfoliate your lips. Before applying any sort of ointment, remove the dead skin using an exfoliation method. This will expose the fresh skin and help your lips heal. Don’t rub your lips too harshly – that could make things worse. Gently massage them. You can exfoliate your lips using the same items you use to exfoliate other areas on your body.
Use an exfoliating brush. The easiest brush to use in this case might be your toothbrush! Just make sure it is clean. Any other small brush will also do. Rub it over your lips in a circular motion to remove dead skin.
• Don’t use a soap-based exfoliant. Face wash with scrubbing beads and other soap-based exfoliants will dry out your lips.
Apply an ointment. Be careful which over-the-counter ointment, or chapstick, you use to heal your cracked lips. Many chapsticks and ointments contain ingredients that can dry out your lips even more, forcing you to reapply them over and over.
• Look for a lip balm or chapstick that contains beeswax, shea butter, coconut butter, almond oil, and other natural moisturizers. Don’t choose a lip balm with an extra-long list of ingredients you can’t pronounce.
• A vitamin E or glycerin-based ointment containing other natural ingredients could also be helpful.
• Avoid using lipstick to moisturize your lips. Lipstick can be drying – you need a protective ointment underneath.