While chapped lips are not a serious condition, they can certainly be painful. And while chapped lips aren’t serious, they often lead to cold sores and bacterial infections if not treated. A chapped lips remedy can help.
What Causes Chapped Lips
Several things can cause chapped lips, including:
- Winter weather
- Dry, indoor heat
- Exposure to sun
- Constantly licking your lips
Chapped Lips Treatment
Try these simple home remedies for chapped lips to keep your lips smooth and moist.
Lips are a reflection of the hydration of the body. Less water in the body means less moisture for skin, and can lead to chapped lips. Drink up to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. If this sounds impossible to you, try sipping herbal tea throughout the day. Also, add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, which are high in moisture.
Use a humidifier
Dry air in your home will lead to, and worsen, chapped lips. Use a humidifier to put moisture back in the air.
Increase your Vitamin B
If you dry lips are accompanied by cracks in the corners of the mouth, it could be a sign you are deficient in B vitamins. Include foods such as salmon, red meat, liver, poultry, legumes, whole grains, wheat germ and egg yolks in your diet. A good B-complex vitamin can also be helpful.
Use a lip balm or ointment
There are several over-the-counter lip balms (see references below) available that will help to seal in moisture and protect lips. Lip balms often contain petrolatum, allantoin and cocoa butter. Lip ointments may also contain camphor, phenol or menthol to provide relief from irritation. Choose a lip balm or ointment with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect lips from the sun. Also, choose one you like so that you will use it frequently.
Use petroleum jelly
A product such as Vaseline Petroleum Jelly works much like a lip balm to provide a protect coating and lock in moisture.
Make homemade lip balm
This recipe will make about 12 lip balms, so find some empty tubes, jars, tins or lip balm containers before you begin.
2 tablespoons beeswax
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons shea butter
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or flavoring (optional)
Melt beeswax in a pan over low heat. Add the coconut oil and shea butter. Add essential or flavoring, if desired. Using a medicine drop the melted liquid into containers. Allow balm to cool completely to harden.
While not too practical for men, women can use this tip. You may have noticed that women’s lips generally look less dry than men’s. That’s partly due to the fact that lipstick contains ingredients that moisturize as well as protect lips from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Avoid licking your lips
While it seems like it helps, licking lips is a temporary solution and can actually further aggravate chapped lips.
Avoid certain foods and beverages
Foods such as mustard, tomatoes, barbecue sauce, ketchup, and hot peppers, as well as orange juice and alcoholic beverages will further irritate dry, chapped lips.
Remember, if you want to have kissable, soft lips, it’s important to take care of them. Try these tips and they’ll be standing in line to kiss you!
Have you tried any home remedies for chapped lips? Did they work? Let us know below
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