With the onset of winter, the air begins to lose moisture and your skin starts to follow suit. Be it your hands, legs, face or even lips, nothing is spared from the realm of dryness!
So, as you restock your purse, desk and bathroom with lotions and moisturizers, you’d better give a look at your lips and begin caring for them because your lips are the focal point on your face!
The skin on your lips is delicate and thinner than any other area of your body, thus it’s more vulnerable to the outer elements. The arid conditions during the winter can leave your lips dry, dehydrated and rough.
While healthy lips make you vibrant, attractive and gorgeous, chapped lips usually distract from your charm and appeal.
Fortunately, it doesn't take long to heal chapped lips. Here are some simple remedies to get rid of chapped lips fast and quick.
- Method 1: Use a Sugar and Honey Scrub
- Method 2: Use Coconut Oil
- Method 3: Use a DIY Lip Balm
- Method 4: Use Vaseline
Method 1: Use a Sugar and Honey Scrub
Sugar and honey will help restore the moisture and softness of your chapped lips.
Exfoliating with sugar helps chip away the dead skin cells, thus reducing dryness and making your lips softer and smoother. Honey is a natural humectant that will help your lips retain moisture.
Things you’ll need:
- Brown sugar – 2 teaspoons
- Honey – 1 teaspoon
- Olive oil – 1 teaspoon
Step 1. Mix the ingredients together
- Put 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in a bowl.
- Mix in 1 teaspoon each of honey and olive oil.
Step 2. Gently scrub your lips with the mixture
- Apply the mixture directly on your chapped lips and gently scrub off the dead skin cells.
- Finish with rinsing your lips with lukewarm water.
Use the scrub daily for up to 2 weeks to see effective results.
Method 2: Use Coconut Oil
Your lips are devoid of any oil glands to keep themselves moisturized and thus tend to dry up easily. Coconut oil is an effective remedy for moisturizing and treating your chapped lips, thus keeping them soft and supple.
Single-Step Treatment: Apply the oil over your lips
Put 2 or 3 drops of coconut oil on the palm of your hand, dip a fingertip in the oil and gently massage it over your chapped lips.
Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a day or every time your lips start to get dry.
You can also use mustard oil, castor oil or olive oil in the same manner.
Method 3: Use a DIY Lip Balm
A DIY lip balm is an amazing way of getting rid of chapped lips.
While it is completely safe and chemical-free, it also gives you the liberty to enjoy your favorite flavors and tints!
Things you’ll need:
- Coconut oil – 2 tablespoons
- Shea butter – 2 tablespoons
- Beeswax – 1 tablespoon
- Essential oil – 7 or 8 drops
Step 1. Arrange a double boiler and add coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter
- Put water in a pan and place a bowl over it so that the bowl is only half immersed in the water (double boiler technique).
- Add 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 2 tablespoons each of shea butter and coconut oil to the bowl.
Step 2. Melt the ingredients completely
Turn on the heat and stir continuously until the ingredients are completely melted.
Step 3. Infuse your favorite essential oil
- Add 7 or 8 drops of your favorite essential oil to the liquid. We used peppermint essential oil for its healing properties and pleasing aroma.
- Mix well and pour the liquid balm into an airtight container. You will observe that within an hour, the mixture begins to solidify.
Your DIY lip balm is all ready to be used.
Method 4: Use Vaseline
Petroleum jelly is another effective remedy for treating dry and chapped lips.
Vaseline acts as an oil-based emollient to repel water and prevent it from drying out your lips.
It also forms a protective layer on the lips and seeps deep down into your lips to rehydrate them and stimulate the natural skin renewal process.
Single-Step Treatment: Apply petroleum jelly on lips
- Take a small amount of petroleum jelly on your fingertip and apply it directly on your lips.
- Allow it to dry for 15 to 20 minutes, then wipe it off using a cotton ball soaked in lukewarm water.
Use the remedy once daily for effective results.
Note: Do not leave the petroleum jelly on your lips overnight. Leaving it overnight or for a prolonged time period tends to darken the color of your lips.
- Staying hydrated is one of the best solutions to prevent dry and chapped lips. So, drink as much water as you can.
- Do not bite your lips, as this can lead to chapped lips and require a longer healing time. Pulling off the flaky skin on your lips may cause them to bleed and will also expose the inner skin to bacteria, dirt, dust and germs.
- Avoid licking your dry lips, as this will only worsen the condition. Although coating your lips with a layer of saliva may provide temporary relief and keep them moist, the saliva will evaporate and leave your lips dryer than before.
- Limit the exposure to dry winter air and excess sunlight. Wear a scarf when you go out to keep your lips covered.
Summary of How to Get Rid of Chapped Lips Fast:
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