Chapped lips are irritating, sore and unsightly, but many of us suffer with them on a regular basis.
The lips don’t contain any oil glands, meaning that they dry out easily – especially during a spell of cold weather. Lip balm sticks often seem to make the problem worse, so what can you do to have smooth, kissable lips?
1. Drink Plenty of Water
Water hydrates us, and our skin is no exception. Most of us don’t drink enough water, and when you feel thirsty it’s a sign that you’re already dehydrated. Drink lots of water throughout the day to keep your skin and lips hydrated.
2. Use a Humidifier
Humidifiers help to make dry air in your home moister, which can help with dry, chapped lips. Diffusers can also help to add moisture to the air in your home.
Cucumbers are a natural remedy, and have long been used for skin care. All you have to do is cut cucumber into slices and hold them against your lips for 5-10 minutes.
4. Honey and Petroleum Jelly
Honey has anti-bacterial and wound healing properties, while petroleum jelly softens and helps prevent skin drying out.
The combination of these two ingredients can really help your lips get smooth. Apply a coating of honey to your lips, then add a coat of petroleum jelly and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove with a damp cotton cloth.
Repeat this process daily for a week, and you should see visible results.
5. Rose Petals and Milk
Rose petals are said to help restore the natural color of your lips, and the lactic acid in milk helps to soften and smooth the skin on your lips.
Soak the rose petals in milk for a few hours, then mash the petals until they turn into a paste. Apply to your lips and leave on for 15-20 minutes, before rinsing off with cold water.
6. Lemon Juice and Honey
As already mentioned, honey has great skin softening and healing properties, while lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent.
Mix one tablespoon of honey along with a little lemon juice, and half a tablespoon of castor oil. Apply the mixture before you go to bed, and remove in the morning. Repeat for ten days to get noticeable results.
7. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a natural healing agent, like honey. Applying aloe vera gel daily can help heal chapped lips, and it also has a soothing and cooling effect on your skin.
8. Olive Oil
Olive oil is considered by some people to be among the best natural moisturizer for your skin and lips. Use it twice a day to see results.
9. Flax Seed Oil
The fatty acids in flax seed oil help to soften and nourish the skin on the lips, making them smooth and soft.
10. Coconut and Castor Oil
Coconut oil and castor oil are enriched with essential fatty acids, and applying a mixture of these oils twice a day will get you results.
11. Sugar Scrub
Make a sugar and olive oil scrub to exfoliate the chapped skin on your lips. Put some sugar in a bowl and add a few drops of olive oil. Rub the mixture into your lips, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.