When people experience dry, chapped lips they usually lick them not knowing that it will only worsen the condition and the relief is only temporary. The condition worsens because once the saliva evaporates from the lips, they become dryer than before. Dry, cracked, or chapped lips are caused by over exposure to windy and cold conditions. Also, excess exposure to sunlight can cause dry lips.
Sometimes, cosmetics are also responsible for chapped lips if one is allergic to a certain ingredient contained in it. Studies indicate that smoking, drugs, dehydration and Vitamin A, B, and C deficiency can also cause chapped lips. There are home remedies for chapped lips that can help improve and prevent this condition.
One role of Vitamin A is repairing the skin. To improve chapped lips, ensure that you keep a diet that has rich sources of Vitamin A such as fresh or dried apricots, broccoli leaves, butter, cantaloupe melon, carrots, cheddar cheese, collard greens, cucumbers, eggs, kales, liver, mangos, milk, papaya, peas, pumpkin, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
These sources can be consumed normally as whole or as juice. Most people prefer carrot, and spinach juice to other vegetable juices. To make carrot and spinach juice, add 1 tbsp of water cress, one glass of tomato juice, 2 tbsp of wheat germ oil and1 tbsp nutritional yeast. This will also supply you with Vitamin A which will help repair your chapped lips.
Cucumbers contain about 90% in it and because of this; it can help treat your chapped and dry lips. Slice a cucumber and rub on your lips every time you feel they are dry. Cucumber is source of Vitamin A which is needed in skin repair. It can also be consumed raw, cooked, or as juice depending on your preference. You can blend cucumbers and carrots together as juice since they both help repair your lips.
Margosa Leaf Extract
If your lips are drying, you can apply Margosa leaf extract which will help remove the dead cells on your lips and soothe them. Margosa leaf extract contains Azadirachtin, a chemical known for treating various skin disorders.
Extracted from nuts of an African tree known as Vitellaria paradoxa, Shea butter is a rich emollient which quickly penetrates and moisturizes the lips keeping them hydrated. You can make your own Shea butter with beeswax lip balm to lock in moisture and prevent the lip balm from melting quickly.
As you use Shea butter, take caution that it can also trigger negative reactions especially to those intolerant to nuts. Before using Shea butter, consult with your physician first on whether to use it or not.
When your lips dry or chap especially during cold and dry weathers, you can apply coconut oil. It helps in moisturizing the lips and keeping them hydrated. You can also make coconut lip balm but add beeswax to lock in moisture and prevent the balm for melting quickly.
Other natural remedies for chapped lips include rose petals, honey, lemon and oranges, milk cream as well as sunflower, almond, olive oil, and castor oil.