Two reasons cause dry and chapped lips; dehydration or allergic reactions. So, if you’re keeping the fan running the whole day during this dry spell, don’t forget to hydrate yourself by drinking enough water.
Allergens or irritants like dyes or fragrances in cosmetics can worsen dryness of lips. If your lips are prone to cracking, stay away from mustard, pepper, orange juice and alcoholic beverages. It’s also important that you carefully read the ingredients in your toothpaste to make sure it does not contain chemicals such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that aggravates dryness of lips. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits of different colours, not just for the pretty colours, but different colours mean different nutrients, especially vitamins A, B, C, B2 and E, plus iron.
One method of alleviating dryness in lips is to put a lubricating lip balm or cream that contains sunscreen on lips before going outside in dry weather. It is advised that you exfoliate before you apply any sort of moisturizer or balm. Don’t use soap-based exfoliants. You can use the sugar exfoliant described in this article. Use a lip balm that contains beeswax, shea butter, coconut butter, almond oil, or other natural moisturizers, and not much else. Vitamin E or glycerin-based ointment containing other natural ingredients can also help.
Believe it or not brushing your lips with a toothbrush helps. Just make sure you brush gently in a circular motion using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Aside from alleviating dryness, brushing also increases blood circulation, leaving your lips rosy and plump. You can also clean your lips with a cotton ball soaked in warm water. Here are a few remedies you can use to combat dry and chapped lips.
Rose water and honey
This will help prevent dryness of lips, acting as a moisturizer, preventing it from cracking.
How to use: Mix one teaspoon of rose water and one teaspoon of honey in a bowl. Put the mixture on your lips. Wash away the solution with regular water after 15 minutes and pat dry. Do this on a regular basis to prevent cracking.
Sugar and olive oil
Sugar exfoliates dead cells in lips, plus it helps to restore natural softness. It takes away the dryness, leaving them smooth and soft, making it one of the best home remedies for dry lips.
How to use: Mix a small amount of sugar with olive oil in a teaspoon. Rub the mixture on lips gently and keep for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How to use: Apply a few drops of pure coconut oil on dry lips. This has to be done many times a day to keep lips moisturized throughout the day. You can also use mustard oil or olive oil in place of coconut oil.
Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory properties that help heal pain caused by chapped lips. Being a natural moisturizer, it also has hygroscopic properties that can moisturize lips.
How to use: Take a fresh aloe leaf and squeeze the gel out. Take a small amount of gel and put it on chapped lips. Leave on until it dries and then wash off. Repeat regularly to get relief from chapped lips.
This home remedy will stop aging of the skin. It will help nourish sensitive skin of the lips, leaving it softer and smoother.
How to use: Mix together one teaspoon of cream or milk with three drops of lemon juice in a bowl. Refrigerate the mix for an hour. Apply the mixture on and around lips before going to bed. Do this for three days for best results.