Chapped lips aren’t just unsightly. They can lead to pain and burning sensations. How often have you found yourself picking at the dead and peeling skin, only to end up with cuts on your lips? Some of these cuts can even end up infected.
While there are various cures out there, they can cost a fortune. And then you don’t really know what you’re putting into your body to help cure the chapped lips. Most of the time they don’t really cure the reason for the chapping and just soothe the pain. Other times they do nothing for the pain and take the time to soften the lips and repair the damage.
So, it’s time to look for home remedies instead. The great news is that there are plenty of homemade alternatives. Chances are you will have many of the ingredients already in the alternatives, or they will be extremely easy to buy. These remedies will make large batches in most cases, too, so you end up saving money over time.
Here’s a look at 10 remedies for chapped lips that you need to try today.
Flavoured Lip Scrubs for Exfoliating the Skin
Chapped lips are usually due to lack of moisture. While you can repair the reasons quickly, you can’t always get rid of the dead skin. Peeling the skin off is painful, so you need to get rid of it in other ways. One of the best options is to create an exfoliating lip scrubs.
You just need some petroleum jelly with some sugar mixed in. The sugar acts as an exfoliate for your lips as it would for your skin, while the jelly works as a barrier to protect your lips from further damage.
The jelly can have a strange taste and feel. You can add some fruit juices to your jelly if you’d like. Watch out for the citrus juices like lemon and orange. They tend to be acidic and can sting any cuts in your lips. You could opt for flavoured lip balms to mix in if you’d like.
Make Your Own Lemon and Coconut Scrub
Instead of using petroleum jelly, pull out the coconut oil. This is far better and will be a lot cheaper for a lot more! Coconut oil is full of antibiotic and antifungal properties. It also helps to reduce inflammation and soothe burning in your lips. You’ll have the added benefit of various nutrients at the same time.
You can add some lemon juice to your coconut oil if you’d like. This gives off a tropical taste with the coconut, so even in the middle of winter, it feels like a Hawaiian vacation.
Don’t forget to add the sugar for the exfoliating properties. You can add a little salt instead. When working with the coconut oil, the salt won’t dry out the lips. Instead, you get the antibacterial benefits, especially if you use sea salt.
Create a Honey and Olive Oil Balm
Let’s move away from the scrubs and focus on the moisturising of the dried lips. That’s the reason they’re cracking in most cases, after all.
You want ingredients that will hydrate and nourish the skin over your lips. Try olive oil and honey. The oil will help to soften while offering some antibacterial properties. You’ll also get some vitamin A and healthy fats into your lips. Honey will offer the vitamin C and some deliciously sweet taste to your lip balm.
It is possible to turn this into a scrub if you would like. You can add some sugar if you would like to create an exfoliating scrub. There’s no need to do this, though. The balm works extremely well to soften all the skin and heal any of the damage.
If you really want to add sugar, add a mixture of brown and white. They just help to add some flavour to your honey.
Have Minty Fresh…Lips
Forget the minty fresh breath. It’s time to get minty fresh lips with the perfect lip balm. You just need some peppermint essential oil and coconut oil.
Both ingredients work together to create a moisturising balm for your lips. It’s so easy to create. You just need to mix a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil with 10-20 drops of peppermint essential oil. The exact amount will depend on the amount of balm you want and how strong you want the minty scent to be.
If you can’t get hold of peppermint essential oil (which is unlikely), you can use crushed mint leaves instead. Do watch out for the mint on cracked lips, as it can get into the cracks and cause some stinging.
Don’t Forget to Add the Beeswax
We focus so much on the coconut oil for moisture that we forget about a certain ingredient that many balms will include: beeswax. This is an ingredient that helps to lock in the moisture, rather than to allow it to rub off when eating or drinking.
Locking in your moisture is important. It’s the only way to repair the damage that the dryness has done completely. You’ll also find it repairs the outer cracks quicker. The beeswax will also help to create a more solid balm so it can be taken around with you so much easier!
You just need to add a little beeswax to your coconut oil, honey, and other ingredients that we’ve already mentioned.
Think About Adding Vitamin E Capsules
It is possible to get vitamin E capsules that you can open or crush and add to your homemade lip balms and scrubs. It’s worth thinking about investing in them for the sake of your lip health.
While we look after our skin, we tend to forget about our lips. The sun and other toxins will damage them over time, and free radicals get the chance to get into the lips and change the cell structure. We end up with more damage and a higher risk of developing conditions and ailments.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant. It is also full of other antioxidants. These antioxidants will fight against the free radicals that are on your lips. You’re left with a much healthier face that looks amazing.
Massage Milk Cream into Your Lips
Milk cream is highly effective. If you’re not a vegan, you can use it quickly and easily. Just grab the cream and massage a small amount directly into your lips. The cream will then work deep into the layers of your lips to create a soft and natural plump look.
One of the benefits of milk cream is that it has added protein. The protein will get into the cell structure and tissues of the lips to help strengthen them. While moisturising, you’re creating a structure that will withhold against the elements.
This isn’t a balm to leave on throughout the day. You only need it on for 15 minutes and will need to rinse off with lukewarm water. Repeat two or three times a day for best results.
Yes, you can apply other balms afterwards. It works very well after using a lip scrub.
Soothe the Pain with Aloe Vera
Now that we’ve looked at repairing the damage, it’s time to soothe the pain that the chapping has caused. Aloe vera is the ingredient to add to your balms, and it will work extremely well with beeswax and any oils. Just add it to any of the balms and scrubs mentioned above!
Aloe vera is full of antibacterial properties, vitamin E, and anti-inflammatory properties. The vitamin E will cool down the burning sensations while fighting against free radicals. At the same time, the antibacterial properties will fight against any chance of infection within the cracks and the anti-inflammatory properties reduce the reason for stinging and pain!
You can use aloe vera gel on its own. Just massage into the lips and wash off after 15 minutes. It does tend to work better within a balm, though, so it has more time to work.
Finish Off with Rose Petals
Now that you’ve exfoliated and moisturised your lips, it’s time to get a rosy glow. The exfoliating will help, but that glow disappears over time. The great news is there is a homemade remedy to help keep your lips looking and feeling amazing: rose petals.
You just need to soak some petals in milk for around three or four hours and then crush up into a paste. The paste can be applied just like a lip balm or lip gloss, and you’ll get a rosy hint. Yes, there are different coloured rose petals, so you get to choose just how red your lips look!
The paste isn’t just to make your lips look good. It will also moisturise your lips to cure the reason for the cracked lips deep down.
You can apply this throughout the day and even at night before you go to bed. Give the rose petals a chance to work on your lips.
Don’t Forget to Keep Yourself Hydrated!
The nine methods above help to cure your chapped lips, but what about preventing them from occurring completely? This is possible with a few simple steps to your regular routine.
The most important thing you need to do is keep yourself hydrated. Dehydration affects your whole body but is extremely visible when it comes to your lips. In fact, dehydration signs start with your lips and skin. Your body doesn’t need the water here as much as it does in other parts of your system. It will draw the water from there while it can.
Even if you use the bombs and scrubs above, you won’t completely get rid of the problem. You should hydrate while using them to add the moisture back in and avoid dehydration become a problem again in the future.
Licking your lips will be something you’re compelled to do. After all, it adds some moisture back in. The problem is that you only get temporary relief. Licking your lips will just lead to the lips becoming drier and more irritating. Whether you use a bomb or not, you want to avoid licking your lips.
Avoid picking at the scabs or the dried skin on your lips. You know that it makes your lips more painful, but it also makes it harder for them to repair completely.
When to Take Other Action
There are times that cracked lips are a symptom of something more severe. Persistently cracked lips could be a sign of diabetes, underactive thyroids, and even STIs.
If you have used various home treatments and your cracked and dry lips are still a problem 10 days later—as in they haven’t even minimised—you will need to speak to a doctor. Your doctor will look for a deeper reason for your cracked lips and will find other treatments to help cure them.
The cracked lips could also be a side effect of medication you are on. This is common if you have medication that dehydrates your body. Your doctor will be interested in the side effects and will want to check that you aren’t experiencing others—that you may not even be aware of!
Exfoliate, Moisturise, and Protect
Now it’s time to use the homemade alternatives to cure chapped lips and focus on your health. Even if you only get chapped lips in the winter, you will want to try something to look after them. Exfoliating and moisturising with the natural remedies above will help to avoid dryness, inflammation, and irritation. You’ll also avoid free radicals causing a problem.
The homemade alternatives are extremely easy to create. You don’t need to spend a fortune, and there are high chances that you have most ingredients already in your home.
Your biggest question will be the flavours. You could try balms and exfoliates without them, but they can be bland for long term use. Look out for natural flavours and essential oils to jazz up your lip balms and scrubs to create something that you love to use daily.