Home Remedies for Chapped/ Dry lips

Are dry and chapped lips troubling you all year long? Then, this article is for you.

Dryness and peeling skin on the lips can get a bit annoying. And when we complain to our dear mothers about it, they ask us to stop licking our lips every other minute. The best way to prevent this problem is by providing the lips with the hydration and nourishment we have been depleting them of.

Before we get into the wonderful home remedies you can use for chapped lips, here’s something you should know. Water is an essential part of any beauty regimen. It helps to keep your body and skin well hydrated. No matter how many remedies or lip balms you use, if you do not drink enough water, your chapped lips are going to keep coming back. So, first and foremost, drink plenty of water during the day and use the remedies given in this article for faster results.

The remedies will be explained in detail after stating the various reasons that can lead to dry and chapped lips, apart from dehydration. Read on!

What Causes Chapped Lips?

The major factors that lead to chapped lips are:

Excessive licking of lips
Sun damage
Smoking and drinking
Skin irritants in toothpaste
Certain medications, such as retinoids and chemotherapy drugs

One of the most common solutions that people opt for to cure chapped lips is to use a chapstick or lip balm. This may provide instant relief, but in most cases, it does not provide a long-term solution. The remedies given below will help you deal with this problem effectively and give long-lasting results.

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Here are the home remedies for dry and chapped lips.

How To Get Rid Of Chapped Lips

Coconut Oil
Honey And Vaseline
Rose Petals
Aloe Vera
Green Tea Bags
Cocoa Butter
Lemon Juice
Sugar Method
Vanilla Extract
Home Remedies For Chapped Lips

1. Coconut Oil For Lips

You Will Need

Virgin coconut oil OR olive oil OR castor oil OR almond oil OR jojoba oil
1-2 drops tea tree oil OR grapeseed oil OR neem oil
What You Have To Do
Depending on which carrier oil and essential oil are available, make a blend by mixing 1-2 drops of the essential oil in the carrier oil.
Apply this blend on your lips and leave it on.
How Often You Should Do This
Reapply this oil blend twice or thrice during the day. It can also be applied before going to bed and left on overnight.

Why This Works
Carrier oils, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil, are the best natural moisturizers and lubricants. They contain healthy fatty acids that provide the lips with the oils they need and make them soft and supple (1, 2, 3). Adding essential oils, such as tea tree oil or grapeseed oil, will speed up the healing process of dry lips. They also prevent infections, especially if the dryness has led to cracks in your lips (4, 5).

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2. Honey And Vaseline

You Will Need

Raw honey
What You Have To Do
Apply a layer of honey on your lips.
Apply a layer of Vaseline on top of this.
Leave these on for 10-15 minutes.
Use a damp tissue or a damp cloth to wipe it off.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this once every day for about a week for lasting results.

Why This Works
Honey has amazing antibacterial properties and is one of nature’s best healing agents. It is also a humectant (6). Vaseline or petroleum jelly is widely used to soften and nourish the skin and prevent it from drying. It seals in the moisture in the skin (7). By combining these two ingredients, we get a very effective home remedy for chapped lips.

3. Rose Petals

You Will Need

5-6 rose petals
1/4 cup raw milk
What You Have To Do
Soak the petals in milk for 2-3 hours.
Gently mash the petals in the milk to get a paste-like consistency.
Apply this paste on your lips. Keep it on for about 20 minutes.
Rinse it off with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This
Do this every day for a week or so.

Why This Works
Rose petals have skin nourishing properties as they contain vitamin E (8). They also help to retain the natural color of your lips. Milk contains lactic acid that gently exfoliates the dead skin from the surface of the lips. The essential fats, vitamins, and minerals present in milk help to hydrate and nourish dried lips (9).

4. Cucumber For Chapped Lips

You Will Need
A cucumber slice

What You Have To Do
Rub the cucumber slice gently on your lips for a minute or two.
Leave the cucumber juice on for 10 minutes and then wash your lips.
You can also mash 1-2 cucumber slices and apply this as a mask on your lips.

How Often You Should Do This
Apply cucumber on your lips once or twice every day.

Why This Works
This cool vegetable can be your best friend during summers, so utilize it to treat your dry and chapped lips. Cucumber is an excellent hydrating agent for the skin (10). All the flakiness and dryness will be gone in a few days with this remedy.

5. Aloe Vera For Chapped Lips

You Will Need

An aloe leaf

What You Have To Do
Cut the aloe leaf sideways and scoop out the gel into a container (with an airtight lid).
Apply the gel on your lips and leave it on overnight.
Store the remaining gel in the airtight container. Keep this in the fridge if you live in a hot and temperate climate.

How Often You Should Do This
Apply aloe vera gel on the lips regularly before going to bed.

Why This Works
Aloe contains natural ingredients that soothe the chapped skin and gently remove the dead layer of skin cells. It helps to strengthen the thin protective layer of skin on the lips and also provides a cooling effect (11).

6. Green Tea Bags For Chapped Lips

You Will Need

1 green tea bag
A cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
Dip the green tea bag in hot water for a few minutes.
Place this tea bag on the lips.
Leave it on for a few minutes.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this once daily.

Why This Works
Green tea contains antioxidants and tannins that help to heal the dry and dehydrated skin on your lips. It also relieves the burning sensation you may experience due to the dryness.

7. Cocoa Butter For Chapped Lips

You Will Need
Organic cocoa butter OR shea butter OR peanut butter OR yogurt OR ghee (clarified butter) OR buttermilk

What You Have To Do
Apply a small amount of cocoa butter on your lips and leave it on overnight.
Alternatively, you can also use shea butter or ghee (clarified butter) and leave it on overnight as well.
If you plan to use peanut butter, yogurt or buttermilk, just leave it on your lips for 5-10 minutes and then rinse it off. (Leaving these on overnight will ruin your pillow covers.)

How Often You Should Do This
Do this every day for a few days.

Why This Works
When it comes to cocoa butter, shea butter, and ghee, these different types of butter extracted from different sources mainly contain essential fatty acids that deeply condition and nourish dehydrated skin (13). Ingredients like yogurt and buttermilk also contain skin nourishing fats. At the same time, they act as mild astringents.

8. Lemon Juice For Chapped Lips

You Will Need

1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon castor oil
What You Have To Do
Mix all the ingredients and apply as a mask on your lips.
Keep it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse with water.

How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this procedure daily for 7-10 days.

Why This Works

Lemon juice is an effective treatment for dark and chapped lips. Lemon acts as a natural bleach and exfoliant (16). Honey nourishes the skin and protects the lips from the harmful effects of free radicals.

9. Sugar Method For Chapped Lips

You Will Need

1 teaspoon brown sugar (or white sugar)
A few drops of olive oil
1/2 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
Mix the sugar with the olive oil and honey. Do not let it dissolve.
Apply this mixture on your lips and scrub gently in circular motions.
Wash the scrub off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub every alternate day initially. Then, continue to use it once or twice a week to maintain soft and smooth lips.

Why This Works

Scrubbing your lips will exfoliate and get rid of the layer of dry and flaky skin. As a result, your lips will become soft and supple. This also reveals their natural color as circulation is improved. Sugar is an excellent exfoliant that can be found in every kitchen and used for treating chapped lips.

10. Vanilla Extract For Chapped Lips

You Will Need

2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons jojoba oil or olive oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
What You Have To Do
Mix all the ingredients mentioned above.
Take a small amount of this mixture on your fingertip and apply it on your lips.
Scrub the lips with this mixture for a minute or so and then wash it off.
You can store the rest of the vanilla lip scrub in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub every day for a few days and then once every 3-4 days.

Why This Works
Both sugar and baking soda act as exfoliants in this mix. Baking soda also soothes the burning sensation that accompanies chapped lips (18, 19). The vanilla extract adds a pleasant flavor to this mundane lip scrub

Now that you know how to get rid of chapped lips, what are you waiting for? The main aim of these remedies is to remove the dead and flaky skin from the surface of your lips and reveal the soft skin present below it. To maintain this softness, nourishing agents have also been included in the remedies. Follow these simple natural solutions for chapped lips and get soft and supple lips in no time.

Take care and don’t forget to flaunt those baby soft lips! If you are aware of any other remedies for chapped lips, please share them in the comments section below.


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