January 07 2019 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
Dry and chapped lips are an extremely common problem that cannot only make your lips look unattractive but may also cause a lot of pain and discomfort. The soft and delicate skin over your lips needs special care and protection. Lips are the most sensitive skin on our face. Therefore, they immediately lose moisture especially during the winter.
If you’ve never experienced this skin condition, dry lips are uncomfortable and once your lips become chapped, you want to relieve them as quickly as possible. From harsh weather conditions to dehydration, there are several reasons why your lips may end up losing their moisture and smooth texture. Although this is extremely common in winter, chapped lips can occur anytime.
Symptoms of Chapped Lips
Here are some common symptoms associated with chapped lips:
- Tender or soreness when touched
How to Prevent and Heal Chapped Lips
- Exfoliate your chapped lips. Exfoliating speeds up your skin's natural renewal process and helps your lip balm penetrate the skin deeper.
Moisturizers not only contribute to reducing the occurrence of dry lips (the most sensitive skin area on your body), they also reduce the irritation caused by dryness such as lip chapping.
- Use sunscreen and lip balm (or even better a product that does both) to your lips throughout the day. This keeps the moisture on your lips and helps them stay hydrated, so they can heal.
- Change your water and vitamin intake. When you drink enough water, your lips stay hydrated along with the rest of your body which prevents further cracks. Additionally, if you aren't doing so already take a multivitamin daily. A lack of vitamin B and iron can also make lips crack.
- Avoid licking your lips. Instead reach for the balm again. Even though your lips may feel better, licking them dries them out more. At night you can also apply zinc oxide ointment so that in case you drool at night the saliva does not further chap your lips.
Natural Healing Remedies
Exfoliating is simply removing dead cells off your chapped lips, which will also help restore their natural softness faster.
- Mix 2 teaspoons of sugar with 1 teaspoon of honey to form a paste.
- Apply the paste your lips and allow it to set (approximately one minute).
- Use your fingers to gently rub the mixture around on your lips to loosen the dead skin cells.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Apply a little honey to lock in the moisture
Honey is popularly used for the treatment of chapped lips. It is a great moisturizer and consists of healing and antibacterial properties.
- Simply apply pure organic honey on your chapped lips several times a day.
- Prepare a paste of honey and glycerin in the evening. Apply this paste before going to bed to reveal soft lips in the morning
- Rose Petals
Rose petals can also be of great help for those suffering from chapped lips. This remedy will help your lips stay moisturized and enhance their natural color.
- Wash a handful of rose petals thoroughly in water.
- Soak the clean petals in milk for a few hours.
- Mash the rose petals into a thick paste.
- Apply the paste on your dry lips two to three times a day as well as every night before going to bed
- Cocnut Oil
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that can help heal chapped lips caused by seasonal weather changes.
- Simply apply pure coconut oil several times a day on your lips to keep them moisturized.