With Winter here, chapped lips are simply inevitable. The colder temperature and harsh winds create the perfect storm, no pun intended, for dried, chapped lips.
Chapped lips can be painful and irritating, creating splits and open cracks on the lip’s surface. And while many chap sticks claim to work, many times, they’re packed with unknown chemicals and ingredients, leaving lips more chapped and dehydrated than before.
There are many ways to treat weathered lips with simple products found at home.
Below, are a few at-home methods to treating chapped, peeling lips. While these methods are a bit unconventional, they are completely safe and can be repeated daily to uncover refreshed and revived lips.
Green Tea Bag
Caffeinated green tea contains tannins that help to treat the stinging, burning sensation of parched lips, while also adding much-needed moisture. Simply soak a green tea bag in warm water for a few minutes. Remove from heat and place tea bag on lips, rubbing the tea bag back and forth. This back and forth motion helps to remove dried, dead skin cells on the lip’s surface, while also soothing inflammation.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is useful in relieving the discomfort associated with chapped lips by encompassing healing, anti-inflammatory properties that ease flakey, rough lips. Furthermore, Aloe Vera contains hygroscopic properties, which attract and hold moisture.
If opting to use the natural Aloe plant, squeeze a fresh Aloe leaf to release the gel. If using the store-bought Aloe Vera Gel, apply gel directly to lips and allow for absorption. Wait until dried, then gently rinse.
Shea butter can be found at any local drug store. Packed with vitamins A, E, K, and F, it is the perfect solution to chapped lips.
Coconut oil has many purposes, and it’s a great fix for chapped lips. Apply a creamy bit of coconut oil to your chapped lips, and let the cooling effect bring you comfort.
Milk Cream is a full-fat cream, which means that its high concentrations of fat make for a great lip moisturizer. Apply milk cream directly to lips and wait 10-15 minutes until dried. Then, use hands to wash or for more precise cleaning, dip a cotton ball in lukewarm water and dab on lips to clean.
Castor oil has a thick density which makes it perfect for healing deep cracks. A single drop of it can work wonders on chapped lips.
Honey contains natural anti-bacterial properties that help to prevent infections caused by cuts and ruptures on chapped lips. Simultaneously, honey also acts as a moisturizer. With a damp finger, simply apply honey directly to chapped lips. With repetitive use, you will have softened, hydrated lips.
Homemade Lip Balm
YouTuber The Squishy Monster has an easy-to-follow video tutorial for how to make lip balm right at home. Using just two ingredients, you can make your own chapstick.
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While we can’t control the weather conditions, we can ensure that we drink enough water and remain hydrated in order to prevent increased dryness and chapping of the lips.
Also, if you’re still apprehensive of these unconventional ways to treat chapped lips, you can always depend on the classic moisturizer, Vaseline, as described here.
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