Chapped lips can be annoying and basically uncomfortable, but they can also be rather painful if they’re left untreated. It is for this reason that you should look after chapped lips and figure out a way to exfoliate and moisturize them as soon as possible.
This article will give you 10 home remedies for taking care of chapped lips. In addition to helping you fix your dry and flaky lips so that they are baby soft, these home remedies will also provide you with all natural alternatives to store bought products. In the end, this is going to save you money and keep you safe from dangerous chemicals and toxins that are often in store purchased products. Let’s get started!
1. The juice of cucumbers
- Cucumbers are a vegetable that have a very high water count. Many people use cucumbers on their eyes when the skin around them gets dry or baggy. You can use cucumbers on your lips too.
- You’ll need the juice from a cucumber, and you can get that by chopping and blending one in a blender or food processor.
- Take the blended cucumber out, discard the thick pieces, and use the juice by rubbing it onto your lips every few hours over the course of a day.
2. Aloe vera gel
- Aloe vera is used for a ton of skin issues, so it’s great for lips too.
- Simply slice a leaf of the aloe vera gel, and use the material inside as a “chapstick” on your lips.
- Alternatively, you can purchase a tube of aloe vera gel at the store.
3. Drink more water
- It’s a sad truth, but most men and women do not get enough water each day.
- Aim to drink half of your weight in water ounces on a daily basis.
- Remember that you can include other drinks besides water in your daily water intake. So, for instance, try tea, juice or milk.
4. Rose petal extract
- Rose petal extract actually has a lot of key moisture in it, and it is great to use if you just don’t have an aloe vera gel.
- Simply use a little bit of the extract in a tablespoon of cream or milk, and massage it into the lips.
- Gently wipe away the excess from your lips.
- Olive oil is used for so many ailments, and it’s great for chapped lips too.
- Simply take your finger and get a few drops of olive oil on it. Dab the oil onto your lips and rub it in.
- Wipe away the excess so that you do not have a lot of oil all over your mouth. Let it soak in over time, then keep reapplying.
6. Exfoliate with sugar
- You will need to start new with the skin on your lips, and that is going to mean exfoliating.
- Mix 1 tsp of white or brown sugar with a little jojoba oil so that you have an oily paste of sugar.
- Set a timer for one and a half minutes, and using the tips of your fingers, rub the paste over your lips gently. You should exfoliate the dead skin, but the skin that is left over should be moisturized by the oil.
7. Try cocoa butter
- Cocoa butter is found in many lipsticks, chapsticks and lotions that you can buy at the grocery store.
- You will need all natural 100% organic cocoa butter to use on your lips. This is sold in solid bars or chunks.
- Melt the butter slightly in the microwave along with some coconut oil and a little bit of aloe vera if you have some. You might also add a drop of vanilla for a nice taste.
8. When you’re in a pinch, use lotion
- Sometimes, you need a chapstick or home remedy for your chapped lips, but you just don’t have one. Instead of not doing anything at all, just use lotion.
- Dab a little bit of any body or hand lotion onto your fingertip. You only need a tiny amount.
- Rub the lotion into your lips and the surrounding skin (if that is red and chapped as well) until you can’t see the lotion anymore.
9. Take your B-12
- It is possible that a B-12 deficiency can actually cause chapped lips in the first place. Many people are deficient in B-12 if they don’t eat meat and are vegetarian or vegan.
- Find a B-12 supplement in your drug store or online, and start taking it regularly.
- In addition, you can either start eating meat again if you are a vegetarian or vegan, or look for extra sources of vitamin B-12 in your diet.
10. Use petroleum jelly
- Most people have a tub of petroleum jelly in their home. This is a thick paste that is very good at moisturizing.
- Most chapsticks and many lotions that you find in the store are actually based from petroleum jelly, so if you use this, it’s really just like using a regular chapstick.
- Simply insert a cotton tipped stick into the petroleum jelly and apply the product to your lips until it sinks in.
Finally, remember that if your chapped lips are every peels profusely, you must resist the urge to use your teeth or fingers to tear the excess skin. If there are a large piece of skin that is coming off, simply use a pair of cuticle scissors to cut the piece but not too close to the lip. Then exfoliate to get the rest of the skin off. When you tear the skin off, it can bring healthy skin with it and cause your lips to draw blood.
This can be very painful. To avoid this from happening in the first place, simply make sure you are using the home remedies from this list that work best for you and your lips! Good luck!
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave your thoughts below. I look forward to the discussion.