They help you eat, speak, kiss, and look great in lipstick, but how often do you really think about your lips? You probably don’t think about them very often unless they’re chapped or you’re trying on a new lip-gloss. Chapped lips can be an uncomfortable nightmare, but there are a few things you can do to help them heal and stay moisturized.
- Stop Licking: We have a tendency to lick our lips when they’re chapped, but it’s the worst thing we can do. Your lips have an extremely thin protective layer, and when you lick, it evaporates that layer quickly and can leave your lips feeling drier and worse off than they were before. Also, your saliva is full of digestive enzymes that can break down your food and harm your sensitive lips.
- Use the Right Lip Balm: Not all lip balm is created equal. Make sure you get a lip balm with at least SPF 15 and look for ones created from beeswax, phenol, and petroleum jelly (paraffin or petrolatum). If your lips are in a lot of pain, look for a balm with camphor or menthol to help provide relief. Take a look at these 15 Best Lip Balms for Chapped Lips.
- Take Iron: Chapped lips can actually be caused, not by the environment, but by a nutritional deficiency. If you find that you have chapped lips along with fatigue, weakness, headaches, or other issues, you could have iron deficiency anemia. You can either take some supplements or up your iron intake by consuming more lean red meats, dried beans, seeds, nuts, and more.
- Hydrate: If your lips are cracking, it could be because you’re dehydrated. Lips are thin and delicate, so that’s where you’ll notice dehydration first. It’s especially common to be dehydrated in the winter. So, if you have chapped lips, grab your water bottle and gulp it down.
- Exfoliate: If you’ve had chapped lips for ages and they’re finally starting to heal, it’s time to gently exfoliate the dead dry skin. Try exfoliating with a mixture of brown sugar and honey so that you gently remove the dead skin while soothing it.