There are many factors that contribute to our lips becoming dry. It may be because we are dehydrated or because of the weather. When the climate becomes cold or when the air gets drier our lips tend to get chapped. Other factors include excessive licking, medications and air condition. Chapped or dry lips is not only unattractive to look at it can hurt and cause your lips to wound. A severe form of chapped lips is called cheilitis. This condition is caused by an infection, which makes the corner of the skin on your lips cracked. Other signs of cheilities are your lips can be dark pink or red in color, lumpy texture, develops ulcers and has white plaques on the surface.
Dry lips are normal occurrences, simple treatments and preventions can be done but if you have constantly dry and cracked lips consult your dermatologist immediately. Some symptoms of chapped lips include dryness, flakiness, scales, sores, swelling, cracks and bleeding.
Simple tips to prevent or treat chapped lips can be and should be practiced by everyone. First thing to remember is to always have enough moisture for our lips by applying lip balm as needed, drinking plenty of water, using a humidifier and keeping our mouth wrapped with a scarf especially in winter time. Sun exposure can also cause dry lips so applying lip balm that contains SPF 15 is a must.
For those who prefer home made and natural products, below are some natural ways to keep our lips healthy and moist.
- Make your own lip scrub. Combine pure honey with sugar and almond or olive oil, gently scrub the mixture on your lips and rinse afterwards. This mixture can moisturize and remove dead skin on your lips. Another flavor you can try is pumpkin pie scrub. Use 2 tablespoons coconut oil, a tablespoon of honey, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
- Brush your lips with a soft toothbrush. You can do it once or twice a day. This is to exfoliate your lips.
- Home made lip balm. Use beeswax, this wax can create a protective layer on your lips. For this home made lip balm you will need a tablespoon of shea butter, 1 teaspoon or honey, almond oil and olive oil, a teaspoon of grated beeswax, 5 pieces white chocolate chips, 3-4 drops of vanilla extract and a lip balm container. You can also add a pinch of ground oatmeal and whole milk for a grainier texture as well as a good exfoliator for the lips.
- If you buy products for your lips check the labels. Make sure it contains coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter or beeswax.
- Leave some coconut oil on your lips overnight. This will make them soft, supple and moist.
- Open up those Vitamin E capsules and put it on your lips especially for those who already have cracked and painful lips, Vitamin E capsule gels are the problem solvers.
Save yourself the agony of experience dry or chapped lips. Stop neglecting them and keep it moist.