Dry lips, or chapped lips are caused due to several factors such as excessive licking of lips, exposure to the hot sun or cold weather, allergy, certain vitamin deficiency, smoking etc. Occasionally dry lips can also be due to an underlying health problem. In such cases, the lips do not heal in spite of treatment. It is better to consult with a doctor in such cases.
It is better to avoid the tendency to lick the lips often. This is because saliva has several digestive enzymes that damage the sensitive skin of the lips. In addition, saliva evaporates from the lips and makes it lose moisture.Chapped lips are dry, flaky, cracked and sometimes start bleeding. This can be easily remedied by few simple home remedies.
Home Remedies For Dry Lips:
Coconut oil is a great moisturizer for dry and chapped lips. First, in order to remove the dead skin from the lips, mix sugar with coconut oil and scrub gently. Wash it off and dry your lips with soft cloth.
Apply few drops coconut oil on the lips frequently for soft lips.
Petroleum jelly is the easiest way to keep the lips moist and supple. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly as and when required or every night before going to sleep. Avoid wearing petroleum jelly while stepping out in the sun as it might darken the lips.
Water flushes out toxins and hydrates the whole body, including your lips . The water droplets that linger on the lips when you drink moisten it.
The fat in milk cream helps moisturize the lips. Apply milk cream on your lips and leave it on for some time. Wash it off with lukewarm water and pat your lips dry.
Aloe Vera has several medicinal properties. Aloe Vera gel is hygroscopic that is when applied on the lips, Aloe Vera gel attracts water vapor from the air and moisturizes the lips.
Honey is a natural moisturizer and has antibacterial properties. Apply honey to cracked lips as and when required for soft and smooth lips.
Cucumber has 95% water and is an effective moisturizer. It also has Vitamin C which is good for the skin. Gently rub a slice of cucumber on the lips for moisturizing the lips and protecting lips from sun damage.