A cracked, or chapped, lip is a common term which is used to describe dry lips. It can be caused by factors such as:
- Licking of the lips excessively
- Cold weather
- Certain Medications
Chapped lips are a common condition that occurs in most of the people but some of the people develop the severe form of it called as Cheilitis. It is due to an infection which is characterized by skin cracked at the corners of the lips. Chapped lips can be treated simply by taking some preventive measures.
Causes of Chapped Lips:
- Lips don’t contain any oil glands like other parts of skin which make them more susceptible for drying and getting chapped.
- Lack of moisture in the weather and self-care
- Less humidity in air during winter
- Exposure to sun for a long time
- Licking of lips
- Due to certain medications such as Vitamin A, Retinoids, Chemotherapy drugs
- Stay hydrated
- Moisturize your lips well
- Avoid harsh temperatures
- Breath through your nose
- Have a proper diet
- Sugar: The natural softness of the lips can be restored by exfoliating the dead skin off your chapped lips.
- Add 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of honey in a bowl and mix it well to form a paste
- Apply the paste to your lips evenly even in the corners and let it sit for 2-3 minutes
- Gently rub the mixture on your lips as it helps in loosening the dead skin cells.
- Wash it away with warm water
- Then apply honey on to your lips for locking in the moisture.
Honey: It is most commonly used for treating chapped lips as it is great moisturizer which has healing and antibacterial properties.
- Apply pure organic honey to your lips several times a day
- Apply honey and glycerin paste before going to bed as it gives a softer lips in the morning
Rose Petals: Rose petals helps in keeping your lips moisturized along with giving you a pink lips.
- Take a handful of rose petals and wash it thoroughly
- Soak them in milk for few hours and then mash it into a thick paste
- Apply the paste on your chapped lips two to three times a day and also at night before bed
Coconut Oil: it is a natural moisturizer which is used to heal chapped lips occurred due to seasonal changes.
- Apply pure coconut oil to your lips several times a day to keep it moisturized
- You can also use olive oil instead
- Take a small slice of cucumber and rub it on your dry lips gently so that the juice is applied evenly
- Leave it on your lips for 15 to 20 minutes
- Repeat the step several times a day for obtaining faster results
- Apply petroleum jelly on your dry lips several times a day and also before going to bed as it keeps your lips well nourished all night