Why Do Our Lips Get So Dry?
Many areas of the body can get dry on occasion, but lips are particularly vulnerable because, unlike other areas of skin, they do not have oil and sweat glands to keep them moist. This creates problems because when you can't trap enough moisture and keep it there, chapped lips are likely to occur.
How Can You Prevent Dry Lips?
- Avoid licking your lips: Simple as that. Licking your lips may appear to moisten them, but you're actually making the situation worse! Any moisture you transfer to your lips is evaporated seconds later, creating a viscous circle of lip licking and dryness. Sometimes a simple recognition of the behavior is enough to stop it.
- Avoid breathing through your mouth: If you usually breathe through your mouth you might end up with a dry throat and lips. The air that reaches your throat and lips is already drier due to the cold weather. However, when you breathe through your mouth, any existing moisture in your lips and throat is quickly blown away as you breathe across it.
- Drink more water: Try increasing your intake of water to avoid dehydration and the consequent drying of the lips.
- Consider getting a humidifier: The heat indoors can make the air very dry, moisture in the air helps prevent dry lips.
- Avoid using too much lip balm: Lip balms – no matter how good they smell, may not be the best cure against dry lips once you're actually suffering from chapped lips. It is better to apply a lip balm or ointment as a protective shield to prevent them from drying out in the first place. Use a thin covering of lip balm but apply it often and choosing a balm containing petroleum or beeswax has proven to be more effective.
- Use sunscreen: Balms and glosses, particularly the shiny ones, attract the sun's rays and may increase your risk of skin cancer. Use a lip protection with at least an SPF 15. If you’re going out, make sure it's applied below your shiny gloss or balm!
5 Natural Treatments to Try at Home
Cucumber: A simple and natural solution for chapped lips!
- Rub a small slice of cucumber across your dry lips gently so that the juice is applied well over them
- Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash your lips with water
- Do this several times a day to help your lips heal faster
- Mix one teaspoon of rose water and one teaspoon of honey in a bowl.
- Put the mixture on your lips and leave it there for around 15 minutes.
- Wash away the solution with regular water and pat dry.
- Do this every day on a regular basis until your feel lips are renewed.
Green Tea Bag: This is the best of all home remedies for dry lips and also the oldest home remedy, which many use today. The wet green tea bag can effectively moisturize your dry lips.
- Take 1 used green tea bag and press it against your lips for at least 4 minutes.
- Do this every day to raise the moisture content of your lips.
Milk Cream: Milk cream has a high content of fat that helps your lips to be moisturized naturally.
- Get some fresh milk cream and put it on your lips. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes
- Dip a cotton ball into lukewarm water and wash your lips gently with it
- Do this daily, so you can get faster relief from your chapped lips