Chapped, peeling, flaky and dry Lips can be very uncomfortable and can also cause pain. You begin to feel unease with your lips and sometimes it hurt when eating spicy or peppery food. Wearing lipsticks on a chapped, dry and flaky lips is unappealing to the eyes. Drinking plenty water, gently exfoliating, and topping off your lips with a hydrating balm or a Vaseline is the fastest and easiest way to rid yourself of the problem, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo lipstick altogether in the meantime.
Dry, cracked lips are a common problem during the colder months but can happen at any time of the year. It’s also about nourishing that sensitive skin. Check out these natural home recipes to soothe chapped lips and get your luscious smooth lips again
A sugar scrub is one of the simplest at-home recipes to cure cracked lips. Simply mix equal parts Vaseline with plain white sugar. Apply the mix to your lips, scrub gently and wipe off with a washcloth. This will help exfoliate and moisturize dry, chapped lips and the Vaseline will help in lubricating your lips.
Aloe vera is a healing medicinal plant. It stores water in its leaves and is commonly used in many beauty products. Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer with anti-inflammatory properties. The water-like gel in the leaves also contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants that will work wonders for your lips. Apply the gel from one fresh aloe leaf and rub onto your lips. Leave it on until it dries and then wash it off. Repeat this process regularly to alleviate chapped lips.
Cucumber contains 90 percent water and therefore acts as a great natural moisturizer for dry, chapped lips. Cucumber is also rich in vitamin C, which enhances collagen production. Collagen provides resilience to the delicate skin tissue on the lips. Cucumber also contains caffeic acid. Caffeic acid is an organic antioxidant that helps prevent free-radical damage from the sun. squeeze and apply the juice over your chapped lips. Leave the juice on your lips for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash it off
Mint Lip Scrub
In case you don’t like the fragrance or the taste of coffee you can go for the mint lip scrub, which also helps in reviving the lips. The addition of peppermint does wonders to dry and chapped lips. Your lips will feel soft and plump.
Lemonade Lip Scrub
Lemon scrub turns out to be very refreshing as well as effective especially in the summers. The Vitamin C presence in the scrub performs its wonders. The lemon juice acts as cleanser and kills the bacteria on the lips.
Coconut and Sugar Mix
Coconut is an excellent healing ointment combine 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon raw honey and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar for an all-natural lip scrub that works well and tastes great.
Peppermint Mocha Lip Scrub
This lip scrub recipe is well worth the extra ingredients for the delicious scent of chocolate and the exfoliation. It requires 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon castor oil, 1/2 teaspoon cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon coffee grounds and 3 drops of peppermint oil (not to be confused with peppermint extract, which is rich with alcohol and may irritate cracked lips).
Natural Lip Scrub
Combining 1 teaspoon each of brown sugar and white sugar with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of olive oil makes a lip scrub that is natural, safe to ingest and easy to make. Such easy ingredients make it the perfect choice for a spur-of-the-moment addition to spa night with the girls.
Nectar Lip Scrub
This lip scrub calls for 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar. The nectar ramps up the moisturizing effects of the lip scrub and can extend the shelf life if you’re making lip scrub to keep for later.
Baking soda also known for its effectiveness, it has so many uses for different purposes for home remedies. Apply small baking soda on your palm and mix with few drops of water thick enough to form a paste then apply to your lips and scrub in circular motion to get rids of that chapped flesh on your lips for 2-5 minutes then rinse with water. Immediately you start feeling that smoothness on your skin.
Get a handful of shea butter at home, it a great moisturizer and has great healing property for any skin problems. Apply shea butter on your lip twice daily after bathing to moisten your lips before applying any lipstick and at night before bed time, this will aids smoothen and soften your lips.
Just mix evaporated cane juice sugar, vanilla oil, and jojoba and peppermint oils in equal parts for this natural lip scrub that’s perfect for curing cracked lips.
PREVENTION OF CHAPPED AND DRY LIPS
Avoid licking your lips
Chronic licking and lip peeling only worsen the delicate skin on your lips. While you may want to lick away dryness, your saliva will irritate your skin. The saliva contains two compounds that promote dryness — amylase and maltase. These digestive enzymes strip away the sensitive skin of your lips, leaving them exposed to dry air. So, instead of moisturized lips, you’ll end up with dry, cracked and chapped lips. In addition, avoid flavored lip balms that can tempt you into licking your lips.
Avoid petroleum-based lip balm
At first, a petroleum-based lip balm may hydrate your lips. But repeated use can make you dependent on it for moisture. Petroleum stops the skin from breathing, which creates cell dehydration. In turn, your lips will continue to dry out even worse between applications.
Avoid using facial cleansing and face wipes on your lips
You may want to attempt the use of facial cleanser and wipe to clean your lips before bed time to get rid of your makeup, these products contain chemicals compound that can irritate and aggravate your lips, it can cause lip dryness, ensure that while using these for facials cleansing you don’t allow them get in touch with your lips.