If your body was the world, your chapped lips would be the Sahara. Dry, barren, and flaking. Not fun. We’ve all had dry lips as kids, as adults, and we all definitely know how annoying they can be. But, what exactly causes dry lips and what can you do to prevent it?
Here’s everything you need to know about chapped lips and how to get rid of them!
What are chapped lips?
Our lips are very thin which makes them very prone to cracking. Chapped lips are a kind of inflammation characterized lip dryness, cracking, and peeling. Dry lips are very common and they are usually not something to worry about.
What causes dry lips?
- Dehydration: It’s a big offender when it comes to dry lips. Dehydration occurs when we do not have an adequate amount of water in our bodies. When this happens, our body takes water away from certain areas to ensure that others are properly maintained. To heal chapped lips, drink more water. Keep in mind that certain prescriptions, like antihistamines, cause dehydration.
- Irritated skin: It might seem silly, but don’t lick your lips. The temporary moisture that the saliva provides will only make the situation worse. As the saliva evaporates, it will actually take moisture AWAY from your lips.
- Sun exposure: You lips can get sunburned too. Peeling, flaking, and burning from too sun is actually quite common.
- Allergies: Many lip products contain allergens. If you use certain products consistency, put them away for a bit to see if your symptoms get better.
- Autoimmune conditions: If your chapped lips are a symptom of an autoimmune disorder, talk to your doctor about how you can resolve your issue. Certain medications will be able to help you restore your body’s natural balance. However, before you take anything, make sure that any possible side effects are worth the benefits.
How do I get rid of chapped lips?
Having chapped lips, your first impulse might be to head on over to your local pharmacy and slap on some chapstick, but think again. Many commercial lip balms and chapsticks have ingredients that dry out your lips. Common ingredients to stay away from include:
And sure, additional flavors and scents may taste and smell good, but can make your symptoms worse. Also, keep in mind that many beauty-related items are not subject to intense testing. A lot of low quality and toxic products tend to slip through. Make sure that you check the ingredients before you buy.
How can I prevent chapped lips in the future?
You don’t have to completely avoid the use of lip care products, but you DO have to be aware of what you put on your body. Your body is like an engine. If you take care of it and oil it when it needs it, then it will run for years to come. However, if you neglect it, even if only for a few weeks, then the signs of abuse will show up and never go away. The downside is that we’re not an engine. If we don’t treat our bodies correctly, then we won’t get another one.
Start with the small things, like drinking enough water or avoiding the sun. Your lips will thank you.
What are home remedies for chapped lips?
- Aloe vera: The aloe vera plant has been used for centuries due to it’s amazing medicinal properties. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, among other great things, that will soothe AND moisturize your lips.
- Beeswax: Beeswax has been used to help and heal dry skin. Want to add a little something extra? A few drops of essential oil with make it smell AMAZING! These are blended specifically for your skin and they’ll do wonders for your lips.
- Almond oil: Sweet almond oil keeps your skin happy and healthy. Not only will it help your lips retain moisture and heal them, but it will also protect your skin from UV radiation
- Coconut oil: Coconut oil has become quite popular in recent years and for good reason. This wonderful oil has antibacterial properties. It will also help soothe your skin and reduce inflammation.
- Honey: Another remedy that we can thank the bees for. Honey contains an antioxidants and antibacterial properties, that will not only soothe your dry lips, but it will also prevent future infections!
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