5 Tips To Get Rid of Chapped Lips

Is it painful to smile? Are you annoyed with the cracking and peeling skin on your lips? With this cold season comes perhaps one of its most frustrating ailments: Chapped lips.

Unfortunately, if you use the wrong chapstick, you could only be making your problem worse. Read below to find out how to get rid of chapped lips for good — not just temporarily. 

Stop Picking and Exfoliate 

Stop picking at your lips during the day as this may cause raw, painful skin to surface too quickly. To get rid of the extra dry skin, exfoliate your lips so that the fresh skin can shine through. Add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into a bowl with a small amount of water and rub it over your lips in a circular motion. Rinse with water when you’re finished to find softer, smoother lips. 

Be Aware of Your Habits

Are you a chronic lip licker? If so, do your best to cut back on this bad habit. When you swipe your tongue against your lips, they may feel better at first, but when the saliva evaporates, your lips actually become dryer than they previously were. In addition, try breathing out of your nose instead of your mouth because breathing out of your mouth dries your lips. 

Stay Hydrated 

To keep your lips hydrated, you must hydrate your body first. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to ensure all of your skin gets the moisture it needs. Take sips. Do not chug water a couple times a day. Think about watering a plant — if you pour a lot of water on the plant at one time, where does the water go? The water goes right through the plant and into the bottom of the pot as the soil cannot soak it up. Well, the same thing happens when we chug water. Taking sips allows the body to completely soak up the water, not just deposit it. 

Use Oils 

Instead of chapstick, use natural oils to sooth your lips. Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and cocoa butter are recommended when trying to soothe sore skin. Before going out in cold weather, dab your favorite oil on your lips for extra protection.  

Eat Right

Eating acidic, spicy and salty foods can add to your chapped lips. A few things to stay away from: Gum, hot wings, ketchup, potato chips, and citrus fruits and juices. 

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