Cold and windy days often lead to dry, chapped lips. Dry indoor conditions caused by the central heat cranking all the time can exacerbate the problem.
Lips have no oil glands like the rest of our skin, so they dry and crack particularly easily. Habits like mouth breathing and licking lips excessively make it worse, as well as failing to stay hydrated by drinking enough water.
Your diet can also affect your lips- with fatty acids being at the center of cultivating beautiful, moisturized lips. Healthy fats encourage sebum production, keeping skin, tissues, and your lips lubricated. Nutrient deficiencies in B vitamins, iron, and zinc can also cause chapped lips.
Outside of eating a balanced diet including plenty of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fatty acids, drinking lots of water, and refraining from mouth breathing and licking your lips, a good lip balm can work wonders for keeping lips healthy and hydrated from the inside out.
There are plenty of topical ingredients to look for when choosing a lip balm: petroleum, ceramides, beeswax, and lanolin, for instance, are all good options.
There are plenty of natural remedies for chapped lips you may already have in your kitchen as well:
- Green tea- Removing excess dead skin is a best practice before applying topical remedies to treat lips. Soaking a bag of green tea in warm water, then rubbing it on the lips is a gentle, effective way to exfoliate.
- Coconut oil- Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an emollient to soften and soothe.
- Honey- In addition to being extremely good for moisturizing, honey contains antioxidants. It also has antibacterial properties that keep overly dry, cracked lips from infection.
- Aloe- We know aloe vera is great for all things skin repair- and the same is true for lips. It contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that heal damaged skin. Anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the sting of dry, chapped lips.
Investing in a good lip balm this season, or using household ingredients to make your own is a great way to keep your lips in tip-top, kissable shape. Just in time for mistletoe!