Nothing is worse than chapped lips which prevent you from eating that hot soup or cup of coffee due to those deep cracks. Your lips sting and seem to crack even more every time you talk or smile. Instead of smiling and enjoying yourself you sit in the corner pouting.
No worries, growing up in Wisconsin enduring some brutal dry winters I have some of the best tips and remedies to get rid of chapped lips fast. You will see a difference overnight with these all natural methods, some courtesy of Grandma’s secret health book.
Common symptoms of chapped include the lips being dry, red and swollen, and peeling or cracking of the lips. If the skin on your lips becomes overly dry you may experience deep cracking when you smile or eat and some small bleeding.
Causes of Chapped Lips
Mother nature is one of the biggest culprits. As the seasons change and the temperatures drop the air becomes dryer. Heaters in your house and car suck the moisture out of the air. Lips normally have a very thin layer of oily substance covering and protecting them. In extremely dry climates are bodies struggle to form enough oil protection to keep our lips soft and moist, resulting in chapped lips. Thanks Mother Nature.
Other factors such as excessive licking, dehydration, and poor nutrition can limit our bodies ability to produce enough natural protection for our lips. As a result they crack and your left reading this article to learn how heal your chapped lips.
- Keep hydrated. Water helps our bodies naturally produce the oils in our skin essential to preventing dry skin or chapped lips. Without enough water our bodies become like an old dried out sponge. Adults should consume roughly 3 liters of water a day to stay hydrated. In extremely dry environments, or if you work out and perspire throughout the day, you should consume more water. Also avoid drinks like coffee or soda as caffeine, sodium and sugar all cause dehydration.
- Take a break on the cosmetics. Cosmetics that are used to make your lips look fuller or bigger usually contain products like menthol or capsacin which will only dry out your lips more.
- Check ingredients on lip balms and chap sticks. A lot of lip balms and chap sticks will have phenol or alcohol which will dry out your lips. Make sure to read the ingredients label before checking out at the store.
- Neosporin applied twice a day can heal dry lips fast. I have found neosporin to be the best product to heal chapped lips. Neosporin will prevent infection in cracks on your lips and is designed to help heal wounds faster.
- Vaseline can provide temporary relief. Vaseline or petroleum jelly will lock moisture into your lips but contrary to popular belief it won’t actually heal your lips. If it’s all you have around the house its not a bad quick fix, but for really chapped lips I would try some of the other options.
- Avoid licking your lips. Saliva on your lips may feel good for a few minutes but your saliva will evaporate drying out your lips even more.
- Use a humidifier to increase the humidity in your house. Humidifiers will increase the humidity levels in your house in an attempt to combat Mother Nature. Not only will this help your chapped lips but it can help with bloody noses (read how to stop nose bleeds), a dry cough, and itchy eyes.
- Avoid the suds at the local tavern. Alcohol dehydrates your body to extreme levels making it more difficult for you body to produce its natural lubricants. Lay off the sauce for a few days.
- Use olive oil and some sugar as an exfoliate. Mix some olive oil and sugar in your hand and apply it to your lips and rub with your finger. This will help to exfoliate some of the dead skin on your lips rather than peeling it off making it worse.
- Aloe vera gell and vitamin E. Look for balms or lotions containing these two products and apply it to your lips. Both products are know to be great for damaged skin. After treatment I suggest using some lip balm with castor oil to help lock in moisture.
Preventing Chapped Lips
- Use sunblock on your smackers. The skin on your lips is very sensitive and can become burnt and chapped very easily when exposed to the sun. Where some lip protections with a minimum SPF 30.
- Keep your lips moisturized. Applying some lip moisturizer daily, especially in dry seasons, will help fight off chapped lips before they start.
- Stay hydrated. Once again water is key to keeping your skin and lips moisturized. When our body is dehydrated we can’t produce the natural oils needed to lubricate our skin.
- Maintain a healthy diet. When you put healthy things in your body we maintain a strong immune system. As a result your body is able to produce the natural oils it needs to keep your skin and lips hydrated.
Getting rid of chapped lips is easy if you follow these remedies. You should begin to see your lips heal overnight using just a few of above tips. Heal those lips so you stop scaring the girls when you go in to plant a big one.