Luscious red lips are often considered a sign of beauty. Red lipstick adorning lips that are accompanied by peeling skin and sores are very unappealing to say the least. Chapped and drying lips not only look bad but they hurt a lot too.
They are also relatively difficult to disguise unlike many other skin problems. Chapped lips are very common in the cold wintry months when the skin tends to dry out. Chapped lips are caused due to deficiency in vitamins, dehydration and excessive licking. Here are some simple remedies to deal with dry and chapped lips.
Remedies For Chapped Lips
Pure virgin coconut oil is a good remedy for chapped lips. Just apply some on your lips twice daily and more liberally at night to promote healing.
Aloe Vera lip balms are excellent for the treatment of chapped lips. Pick up an aloe Vera lip balm from a reputed cosmetic store, which will help to heal and cure the cuts and peeling skin on the lips.
Use ghee or clarified butter, which is easily available at home. If you can, use homemade ghee, which is better for the lips as compared to the store-brought ghee.
Roe petals have always been considered good for the health of the lips. Simply crush the petals of a rose and to it, add some glycerine. Apply this at night just before sleeping. This will smoothen out the lips and enhance the colour of the lips as well.
Castor oil when applied to the lips gets rid of the peeling skin and makes the lips pink and smooth.
Honey is a great anecdote for chapped lips as it helps to heal the cuts and sores if any on the lips. Apply some pure unadulterated honey on your lips and wash it off after some time.
Lemon juice mixed with glycerine and castor oil acts as bleach by reducing pigmentation and also reduces the appearance of chapped lips. Wipe your lips with this solution at night and wipe with a wet cotton ball in the morning.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
Never peel the lips on the skin. This can cause bruises and cuts and may lead to bleeding lips. Always apply a sun protecting lip balm before going out in the sun. This will prevent the lips from getting darkened. Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. People who drink lots of water never suffer from dry skin and dry lips. Gently buff and scrub your lips by applying some Vaseline and exfoliating them with a gentle toothbrush. Never lick your lips in order to moisturize them. His may cause your lips to dry out even more. Chapped lips can be treated by eating a diet rich in vitamin A like carrots, broccoli, mangoes and green leafy vegetables.
Protect your lips at night by always wearing a moisturizing lip balm preferably one, which has shea butter in it. All of the above tips can go a long way in keeping chapped lips at bay.