Dry and chapped lips is a year-long problem for some but tends to worsen as the weather gets colder. Unlike the rest of the body, our lips don’t have oil glands that produce natural oils that create a skin barrier protecting them from drying. This is why dry, cold weather and lack of hydration can make your lips crack and flake off. Sometimes, lip balms alone won’t do the work of healing chapped lips and this is when you’ll need some extra care. Here are easy and affordable home remedies that will help heal chapped lips.
The fatty acids in coconut oil moisturize the lips and help make them soft and supple. The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil help in healing chapped lips and reducing irritation. Add two drops of coconut oil to your lips or mix it with essential oil and repeat this remedy 2-3 times a day to notice the results.
Rose Petals & Milk
Vitamin E in rose petals nourishes the lips while the lactic acid in milk hydrates and removes dead skin cells, which makes these two ingredients a great combo. Mash some rose petals in some milk until you get a pasty smooth mixture and apply it onto the lips. This remedy will also help bring back your lips’ natural color.
Honey & Vaseline
Honey has always been praised for its wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for several problems. Vaseline on the other hand creates a protective barrier, locks the moisture in, and prevents lips and skin in general from drying out. For quick results and effective treatment, mix honey with Vaseline and spread it over your lips. Leave this mixture for 15 minutes then wipe off with lukewarm water.
Cucumbers are excellent hydrating agents and can provide the lips with essential vitamins and minerals. Rub some slices of cucumber gently on your lips or make a cucumber juice and keep it on your lips for 10-15 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.
The buildup of dead skin cells prevents the lips from getting the moisture needed, this is why scrubbing is important. Sugar is a natural exfoliator that helps remove dead skin cells and brings back your skin’s natural color. Mix sugar with olive or coconut oil and rub your lips in a circular motion. Wipe off the excess scrub when done, rinse with water, and then seal with lip balm or Vaseline.