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DIY Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Chapped Lips

July 17, 2018

Are you sick and tired of having dry and chapped lips all year long? Then this post is for you.

 

Dryness and peeling skin on the lips can get a bit annoying. And when we complain to our dear mothers about it, they ask us to stop licking our lips all the time. The best way to prevent this problem is by providing the lips with the hydration and nourishment we have been depleting them of.

Before getting into this, here’s something you should know. Water is an important  part of any beauty regimen It helps the body and skin well hydrated. No matter how many remedies you look for on the internet, if you don’t drink enough water, your chapped lips are always going to keep coming back.

What Causes Chapped Lips?

  • Excessive licking of lips
  • Sun damage
  • Smoking and drinking
  • Skin irritants in toothpaste
  • Allergies
  • Certain medications, such as retinoids and chemotherapy drugs

One of the most common solutions that people opt for to cure chapped lips is to use a chapstick or lip balm. This may provide instant relief, but, it does not provide a long-term solution. The remedies given below will help you deal with this problem effectively and give long-lasting results.

Here are my top picked DIY home remedies for dry and chapped lips.

Lemon Juice For Chapped Lips

Chapped lips

What you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon castor oil

Instructions:

  • Mix all the ingredients and apply as a mask on your lips.
  • Keep it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse with water.

How often?

Repeat this procedure daily for 7-10 days.

Why this works:

Lemon juice is an effective treatment for dark and chapped lips. Lemon acts as a natural bleach and exfoliant. Honey nourishes the skin and protects the lips from the harmful effects of free radicals.

Coconut Oil For Lips

Chapped lips

What you’ll Need:

  • Virgin coconut oil/olive oil/castor oil/almond oil/jojoba oil
  • 1-2 drops tea tree oil/grape seed oil/neem oil

Instructions:

  • Depending on which carrier oil and essential oil are available, make a blend by mixing 1-2 drops of the essential oil in the carrier oil.
  • Apply this blend on your lips and leave it on.

How Often?

Reapply this oil blend twice or thrice during the day. It can also be applied before going to bed and left on overnight.

Why This Works:

Carrier oils, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil, are the best natural moisturizers and lubricants. They contain healthy fatty acids that provide the lips with the oils they need and make them soft and supple. Adding essential oils, such as tea tree oil or grape seed oil, will speed up the healing process of dry lips. They also prevent infections, especially if the dryness has led to cracks in your lips.

 

Rose Petals

Chapped lips

 

What you’ll need:

  • 5-6 rose petals
  • 1/4 cup raw milk

Instructions:

  • Soak the petals in milk for 2-3 hours.
  • Gently mash the petals in the milk to get a paste-like consistency.
  • Apply this paste on your lips. Keep it on for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cold water.

How Often?

Do this every day for a week or so.

Why This Works:

Rose petals have skin nourishing properties as they contain vitamin E. They also help to retain the natural color of your lips. Milk contains lactic acid that gently exfoliates the dead skin from the surface of the lips. The essential fats, vitamins, and minerals present in milk help to hydrate and nourish dried lips.

 

Aloe Vera For Chapped Lips

Chapped lips

What you’ll need:

An aloe leaf

Instructions:

  • Cut the aloe leaf sideways and scoop out the gel into a container (with an airtight lid).
  • Apply the gel on your lips and leave it on overnight.
  • Store the remaining gel in the airtight container. Keep this in the fridge if you live in a hot and temperate climate.

How Often?

Apply aloe vera gel on the lips regularly before going to bed.

Why This Works:

Aloe contains natural ingredients that soothe the chapped skin and gently remove the dead layer of skin cells. It helps to strengthen the thin protective layer of skin on the lips and also provides a cooling effect.

 

Cucumber For Chapped Lips

Chapped lips

What you’ll need:

A cucumber slice

Instructions:

  • Rub the cucumber slice gently on your lips for a minute or two.
  • Leave the cucumber juice on for 10 minutes and then wash your lips.

You can also mash 1-2 cucumber slices and apply this as a mask on your lips.

How Often?

Apply cucumber on your lips once or twice every day.

Why This Works:

This cool vegetable can be your best friend during summers, so utilize it to treat your dry and chapped lips. Cucumber is an excellent hydrating agent for the skin. All the flakiness and dryness will be gone in a few days with this remedy.

 

Green Tea Bags For Chapped Lips

What you’ll need:

  • 1 green tea bag
  • A cup of hot water

Instructions:

  1. Dip the green tea bag in hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Place this tea bag on the lips.
  3. Leave it on for a few minutes.

How Often?

Repeat this once daily.

Why This Works:

Green tea contains antioxidants and tannin that help to heal the dry and dehydrated skin on your lips. It also relieves the burning sensation you may experience due to the dryness.

Follow these simple natural solutions for chapped lips and get soft and supple lips in no time. Take care and don’t forget to flaunt those baby soft lips! If you are aware of any other remedies for chapped lips, and would like to share with us, please share them in the comments section below.

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