Is winter weather making your lips feel dry and cracked? Here are 10 fast tips to get rid of chapped lips and make them feel nice and smooth.
What Causes Chapped Lips?
There are many causes of dry lips. Not only the low temperatures make your lips crack and peel like crazy, but also dry air and salty or spicy dishes can leave your lips chapped. This is because lips don’t have the sebaceous glands, which would protect them from external factors and water loss.
Sometimes chapped lips may be caused by serious problems like dehydration or malnutrition. Do not ignore these problems as dry lips can suggest that you have a deficiency of B-complex vitamin or iron. Consult with a specialist, if the condition of your lips isn’t improving despite intensified lip care.
How To Care For Your Lips?
Remember that to have beautiful lips you need to eat healthily, drink plenty of water, and take care of your skin and whole body. Don’t forget to use a moisturizing lip balm that has natural ingredients. Do the scrub and massage gently your lips. Don’t lick your lips in the freezing cold or in the wind as this will lead to painful cracks. Don’t use cosmetics that are based on alcohol as it can severely damage your lips. Choose lip balms that have UV filters and a lot of natural ingredients.
Also, when you have chapped lips stop using lipsticks and lip gloss. Not only does the lips looks unsightly then, but also the ingredients of such cosmetics may leave your lips dry or even irritate them. Avoid spicy and sour dishes because it can be very painful when your lips are chapped. You have to be patient because sometimes healing can last up to a week. Avoid going outside, especially on scorching or windy days.
When It’s Serious Enough To Go To The Doctor
Sometimes chapped lips can get infected- even mild irritation can lead to serious inflammation. Infection can be caused by bacteria or fungi that get into the cracks on your lips. If you have red swollen lips, consult with your doctor. If the mouth corners are sore, then it is probably cheilosis.
Those that have chronically chapped lips, should consult with the specialist. If the problem is getting worse even if you are taking care of your lips, make an appointment with your GP- they will prescribe you an antibiotic or antifungal cream.
What Can You Do When Your Baby Has Chapped Lips
It is really hard to convince your child to stop licking his lips in the cold. Also, if it’s an infant, it is impossible. So what should you do?
Firstly, you have to cover your child’s face to protect them from the wind. Secondly, the skin might be irritated by meals that contained acids like, for example, tomato soup or apple sauce- always remember to wash your baby’s face and put protective cream.
For older children, you can try ointment with vitamin A and E or lip balm with vaseline. When going outside put some rich cream, but don’t forget that it can’t have water in the composition.
Cheilosis. What You Can Do About It?
Cheilosis is not only associated with the unsightly appearance of the skin, but also with terrible discomfort. Try not to touch your lips because the cracks can get infected and then it will last a few weeks to treat cheilosis.
Avoid alcohol, sweets, and fruits as they are a source of sugar, which is a food for Blastomyces. Choosing products rich in B-complex vitamin will bring relief- such as meat, tomatoes, or chives. Also, eat vegetables that are a source of vitamin C, and don’t forget about probiotics, which can be found in dairy products.
10 Products That Will Help You Get Rid Of Chapped Lips
The first thing you should do to get rid of chapped lips is to get a good moisturizer and don’t forget to reapply it frequently. Remember that products like Vaseline don’t really give moisture for your lips, it locks it only. Depending on your budget there are 3 products I highly recommend:
2. Aloe And Cucumber
Another idea for dry lips is to do a lip mask from slices of cucumber. Cucumber mainly consists of water but also has a lot of vitamin C that boosts collagen production.
Aloe vera gel has an effective moisturizing and nourishing effect because it contains enzymes that improve collagen and elastin synthesis. You can make aloe vera gel yourself or buy this one by Holika Holika:
If you want to make your gel instead of buying, here you’ve got a short video on how to do DIY aloe vera gel:
If your lips are still cracked, try to use lanoline, which is a super affordable protective agent. Lanoline easily absorbs through the skin and complements its lipid barrier. Also, lanoline breaks water loss and thanks to that make your lips smoother and softer.
4. Exfoliating Scrubs
If you want to get rid of chapped lips, don’t forget to exfoliate your lips frequently. The best are natural scrubs that will remove dry skins and boost the blood supply of lips.
Mix one tablespoon of sugar with your favorite oil- it can be olive oil but I highly recommend red raspberry seed oil:
Apply this scrub on your lips, massage gently, and then rinse. You will get the best results by doing this exfoliation once or twice a week. But remember to moisturize your lips shortly after doing the scrub.
Here you’ve got DIY Lush inspired lips scrub:
5. Avocado Mask
To avoid cracking and chapped lips, try to do some super moisturizing mask and apply it once a week. Avocado mask is the best when it comes to dry lips. Crush the avocado and mix it with oil. It will give your lips relieve and protect them from weather conditions.
6. Banana Mask
Mix the fresh banana paste with one tablespoon of sour cream, apply a thick layer on your lips and hold it for 20 minutes, then wipe away. Banana and sour cream will nourish the skin.
7. Vitamin A and E
Vitamin A and E improve the regeneration of skin tissue and neutralize free radicals. The best idea for chapped lips is to rub in the content of vitamin A and E capsules. Leave it till it dries up.
Honey contains various amino acids, vitamins, and enzymes. Perfectly moisturize and firm up dry lips and exfoliate the epidermis. Honey has antibacterial properties, which provide disinfection for cracks on your skin and this will prevent you from infection. Within a period of intensified problems with dry skin apply honey twice a day for about 10 minutes. After a few days of such treatment, your lips will get a healthy pinkish color.
9. Green Tea
Rich in antioxidants and minerals, green tea contains also polyphenols that minimize inflammation. Wipe your lips with green tea infusion to soften them and get rid of dry skins. This is far more delicate than normal exfoliation.
Another natural ingredient that may help you is beeswax. Used in the beauty industry for centuries, beeswax is great for chapped lips. It has protective and nutritional properties, but also keep water under skin tissue. Beta-carotenes and bioflavonoids have an anti-inflammatory effect, so beeswax ointments will effectively heal cracked, chapped lips.
Are Chapped Lips A Serious Problem?
As you can see chapped lips are not only the problem of the unsightly appearance of your skin but sometimes it shows you that your body needs more care. Whether you made some mistakes in your lip care routine or you have a slight deficiency of vitamins, don’t ignore the problem. If you have chapped lips quite frequently but you take care of them really intensively, consult with your GP, as it may be a more serious problem.