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DIY Remedies For Dry, Chapped And Painful Lips
Skin & Body
Cracked, dry or sore lips are common in dry, cold weather. Chronically cracked lips might be a symptom of a more serious illness, but cracked lips can usually be treated using home remedies. See Step 1 and beyond to learn how to make your lips soft and supple again.
1) Drink plenty of fluids. Having 8-10 glasses of water per day is ideal. When your body is dehydrated, it often shows first in your lips. The more water, the better!
2) Don't lick or pick at your lips. These two common habits can dry out your lips more and lead to an infection or a cold sore. When your lips are chapped, avoid the temptation to lick them constantly or pick at them.
3) Exfoliate your lips. Before applying any sort of ointment, remove the dead skin using an exfoliation method. This will expose the fresh skin and help your lips start to heal. Don't rub your lips too harshly - that could make things worse. Gently massage them instead.
1) Use a salt or sugar scrub. Apply the scrub to your lips and massage them in a circular motion, rubbing away the dead skin. Your lips should feel soft and renewed.
2) Use an exfoliating brush. The easiest brush to use in this case might be your toothbrush! Just make sure it's clean. Any other small brush will also do. Rub it over your lips in a circular motion to remove dead skin.
3) Don't use a soap-based exfoliant. Face wash with scrubbing beads and other soap-based exfoliants will dry out your lips further.
4) Apply an ointment. Be careful which over-the-counter ointment, or chapstick, you use to heal your cracked lips. Many chapsticks and ointments contain ingredients that can dry out your lips even more, forcing you to reapply them over and over.
Look for a lip balm or chapstick that contains beeswax, shea butter, coconut butter, almond oil, and other natural moisturizers - and not much else. Don't choose a lip balm with an extra-long list of ingredients you can't pronounce.
A vitamin E or glycerin-based ointment containing other natural ingredients could also be helpful.
Avoid using lipstick to moisturize your lips. Lipstick can be drying - you need a protective ointment underneath.
5) Apply oils. For an ultra-moisturizing lip treatment, rub a little oil on your lips. It will sooth and moisturize your lips while also protecting them from further damage. The following oils are helpful:
-Coconut oil -Almond oil -Jojoba oil -Olive oil
Soothe your lips if they're painful. If your lips are so cracked that it hurts to smile, try soothing them with a home remedy that will make them feel better. Here are a few suggestions:
1) Rubbing a cucumber slice on your lips daily for about 10 minutes is also known to be effective.
2) Rubbing some aloe vera gel on your lips can be soothing.
3) Rubbing a little honey on your lips will moisturise them and make them feel better.