Our skin, and particularly our lips, seem to dry up to their worst during the cold winter months. Like any part of our skin, our lips need moisture to stay flexible and wet. Without this essential moisture, they will dry out and start to crack, with the skin slowly falling off them in pieces.
You can blame it on the cold and windy weather of the winter for taking the moisture away from your lips! Alas, there are ways to not only remedy your chapped lips during the winter but also several ways to protect them from drying out in the future.
Symptoms of Chapped Lips
Chapped lips can slowly set in, and by the time you notice them, your skin is already as dry as sand and starting to flake off! If you notice the early symptoms, you have a better chance of getting rid of the chapped look/feel much quicker.
Are you licking your lips a lot? If so, this could mean that they’re dry, and it’s your instinct to try and add moisture to them. This is an early symptom that your lips are drying out. How do your lips look in the mirror? Does the skin look scrunched up, or does it look flat and smooth?
If your lips are on their way to being chapped, the skin will start to scrunch up as the moisture continues to pour out. You can also notice this “scrunchy” texture by running your finger across your lips.
Natural Home Remedies for Chapped Lips
Using a natural remedy to cure your chapped lips doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be spending any money; it does mean, however, that you may save some. Also, you get the benefit of healing your lips naturally without using any outside chemicals that may be present in medicated lip balms.
When it comes to the skin, Aloe Vera is always a great place to start. Rub it on your lips several times a day until the chapped feeling is gone. Shea butter is another excellent remedy that works just as well as Aloe Vera. Apply it the same way and monitor the results for effectiveness.
Over the Counter Remedies
Before you get into spending a lot of money on medicated lip balms, give beeswax or petroleum jelly a try. In most cases, applying one of these balms to your lips several times a day for 3-4 days will get rid of your chapped lips.
Just be conscious of the healing process and don’t pick, bite or lick your lips during this time – otherwise, you’ll quickly be back where you started. If your chapped lips aren’t going away with these types of remedies, then it may be time to give medicated lip balm a try. Blistex is a great place to start and won’t hurt your wallet too bad.
Not being properly hydrated is one of the most overlooked causes of chapped lips. Since you’re drinking water for your whole body and not just your lips, people sometimes don’t think of the impact it can have. By not getting the proper amount of water into your system daily, your lips will start to dry out – simply because there’s not enough moisture going to them. To remedy this problem, closely monitor your daily water intake. You should be aiming for 8 12oz. glasses of water a day.
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