The surface of our lips lacks the same protective barrier that the rest of our skin. For example, the lips do not have oil glands that prevent moisture evaporate. They also contain less melanin, which protects against sun damage. With so little natural defense against the environment, chapped lips are inevitable. You can buy products to treat dry lips, but what happens if you prefer a more proactive approach to home care for your lips?
Things you have at home
Petrolatum (Vaseline) is a common household ingredient that helps keep lips moist. Medical professionals apply it to patients as palliative care in cases of severely chapped lips. Avoid petroleum jelly baby-scented baby. If you are really in trouble, rub olive oil or coconut (coconut) on your lips to give them more moisture. Or, to make a sweeter version, mix equal parts honey with olive oil and apply. Beeswax, although not a common element in the house, is a natural remedy for dry lips.
Lip Balm home
To make a basic lip balm, you will need equal parts of oil; olive, coconut or almonds are good choices, plus beeswax (either shredded or pelletized) and shea butter or coconut. Add a few drops of an essential oil to your taste. A low heat, heat oil, wax and butter. When they are melted and mixed, remove from heat and stir quickly with the essential oil. Pour into tubes balm and let stand for three hours to harden.
Exfoliation is not only for the body. It helps remove dead skin cells and soften dry lips. Using a wet toothbrush or a damp washcloth, gently rub your lips in a circular motion. Or make your own scrub concoction by mixing equal parts honey and granulated sugar. Apply on the lips and rub gently with a washcloth. Rinse and apply moisturizer.
Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. Dehydration is one of the main culprits of chapped lips. Use a humidifier to combat the dry air inside, especially in the winter. Protect your lips from the harsh weather outside with sunscreen and a scarf. The American Academy of Dermatologists recommends a lip treatment SPF 30 or higher. Finally, do not lick your lips as saliva evaporates quickly, leaving them drier than before.