Lips are always exposed to the elements and dry and chapped lips can be painful and unattractive. Believe it or not – with simple lifestyle hacks – you can help to avoid this problem.
What You Can Do
- Stop licking your lips, it dries them out
- Hydrate your body, drink more fresh water
- Eat more fresh food
- Eat less sugar
- Stop smoking
- Skip alcohol
- Sleep more
- Pamper your lips, like your face or eye area
- Take care of proper sun protection
- Check out your toothpaste, you might find skin irritants in it
- Breathe through your nose. Breathing through your mouth can dry out your lips
How to Get Rid of Chapped Lips
Although there are many products available to treat chapped lips, you can save money and easily get relief with some easy-to-follow natural remedies. Beyond lifestyle hacks, try these brilliant chapped lip cures.
No matter how many remedies or lip balms you use, if you have bad lifestyle habits, your chapped lips are going to keep coming back.
Natural Remedies for Healthy Lips
To exfoliate your lips, make an at-home paste with sugar and honey. Exfoliating dead cells off your chapped lips will help restore their natural softness faster. Sugar is an excellent exfoliant while honey is a great moisturizer that also has healing and antibacterial properties to treat your lips. Mix one teaspoon of sugar with half teaspoon of honey. Apply this mixture on your lips and scrub gently in circular motions, then wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat it once a week.
Coconut Oil for Pampered Lips
Coconut Oil is one of the best natural moisturizers and lubricants. It contains healthy fatty acids that makes your lips soft and supple. Apply this oil before going to bed and left on overnight.
Cucumber for Chapped Lips
Cucumber works as an excellent hydrating agent for the skin. Mash 1-2 cucumber slices, put it on your lips and leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off. Repeat this once every day for about a week for lasting results.
Aloe Vera for Smooth Lips
You need an Aloe leaf. (I suggest to keep an aloe vera plant in the kitchen to treat minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.) Cut off a little piece of the leaf, squeeze out the gel into a container. Apply the gel on your lips and leave it on overnight. Store this in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Herbal or Green Tea Bags for Fresh Lips
Tea contains antioxidants and tannins that help to heal the dry and dehydrated skin on your lips. Dip the tea bag in a cup of hot water for a few minutes. Place this tea bag on the lips and leave it on for a few minutes. Repeat this once daily.
Chapped Lips Will Heal Best When They’re Moist
Your lips don’t have oil glands. Yet, a good balm can protect your delicate lip skin from the elements. This natural recipe will help to provide them with the hydration and nourishment.
Home-made Lip Balm
All you need are: Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Essential Oil
(1 tablespoon of beeswax pastilles)
Acts as a moisturizer and protects your lips from the elements and it gives your balm its stiffness.
Moisturizes skin and is resistant to oxidation. It is solid at room temperature but liquid at body temperature.
Shea butter neutralizes free radicals, moisturizes, and reduces inflammation. It also improves skin elasticity, increases and protects the skin’s production of collagen.
It can neutralize the effects of free radicals and acts as a preservative.
Essential Oil – optional
Add a few drops of your favourite one. I usually use lavender.
In a double boiler melt down the beeswax, then add in the cocoa butter, shea butter and vitamin E. Pour into container and let it cool. Then add a few drops of essential oil – if you like.
Although topical treatments are essential, in most cases they do not provide a long-term solution. Lifestyle is the key that will help you deal with this problem effectively and give long-lasting results.
Remember there rule: always use unrefined, organic, fair trade products. Take care of your health and our environment. Always take allergy test – if you have reaction avoid these ingredients.