Having chapped lips is not fun. It is caused by a number of factors, including cold and dry weather, dehydration, sun exposure, and lip biting. Our lips lacks natural oils to protect against harmful weather unlike our skin. The best protection for chapped lips is prevention but for people who already suffers from it, there are several solutions to treat it.
Looking for ways to keep heal your chapped lips and shield it from future chapping? Here are 7 ways to treat your dry, chapped lips.
1. Apply a lip balm
Coating your lips with a lip balm is a common way to deal with chapped lips. Using a lip balm with a sunblock is even better especially if you’re going to be outside in the sun.
Keep your lips hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Water feeds our cells keeping it moisturized and healthy.
3. No Alcohol
Stay away from any lip products that contain alcohol. It will surely worsen the condition making your lips more dry and even painful.
4. Vitamin B-2 Supplements
If you have a thyroid hormone imbalance or Vitamin B deficiency, it can be an indicator for the cracked corners around your mouth. Implementing a healthy diet and taking Vitamin-B supplements can help treat it.
5. Stop Licking Your Lips
I have a tendency to do this a lot and it is a big no no. It’s best to avoid licking because the saliva will eventually evaporate leaving your lips dry.
6. Avoid going outside
For days that are extremely windy, cold, and dry, stay inside. If you must leave the house, then apply a good amount of lip balm to protect your lips.
7. Be patient
Your lips will not completely heal overnight. It can take a week for your lips to be soft again so in the meantime, take care of yourself or you can use a moisturizing lip scrub to soothe and heal it.
Lip balms are conventional for treating dry, chapped lips. Here are a few balms I recommend to prevent and heal chapping.
- Kiehls #1 Lip Balm– One of my favorite lip balm because it does a great job protecting my lips during the winter months and the mango smell is very tasty.It also includes SPF 4 sunscreen. ($7.50)
- The Body Shop Shea Lip Care Stick (Discontinued. I recommend this instead)– A mix of shea butter and coconut oil is pure genius. Shea butter and coconut oil contains great healing properties and the perfect combination to soften lips. ($14)
- Burt’s Bees Lip Balm– Economical and a drugstore classic. There’s a reason why this peppermint scented, bees wax balm is such a popular choice for dry lips. It works like a charm! ($3.00)
- Carmex– Another excellent choice to heal chapped lips. It gives great protection with a lovely mint scent. ($1.50, can’t beat that!)
- Rosebud Salve– I’ve recently became a fan of this balm because not only does it heal dry lips, it treats dry elbows, knees, and soothes minor burns. A multipurpose balm that’s very convenient! ($6.00)
- Chapstick– It is still the best out there because it offers a wide range of balms to treat, moisturize, and protect your lips. I’ve used it since I was little and it has been by my side ever since. ($1.69)
What’s your favorite lip balm?