Written by Kimberly in: Skin Care2 Feb 2011
Everyone gets dry, chapped lips from time to time, but every so often you get super dry, cracked, raw, unbearably chapped lips. You know, the kind that feels and looks like your lips are on fire. So painful and unattractive! Today I’m going to talk about how to give your poor lips some quick relief.
The simplest way to fix this problem is not to get chapped lips at all by drinking lots of water and putting on a little lip balm every now and then. But if you suffer from chronic chapped lips, use a few of the methods below to help sooth your ouchy lips on the quick:
If you’ve got extremely dry lips then they’re in desperate need of moisture! The best thing to do for them is just slather that lip balm all over your lips and keep it that way. The thicker and richer, the better. My all time favorite product to use when my lips are in crisis is the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (this link is for the 100th anniversary edition). I use it right out of the tube (or jar), and put it all over my lips. The Eight Hour Cream heals and protects at the same time and even gives a little shine. This is a beauty and skin care classic that should seriously be in every household.
That’s right, cucumber isn’t just for salad anymore! I know you’ve heard of using it to sooth your eyes, but it works wonderfully for soothing mildly chapped lips too. All you do is cut a slice and gently rub it over your lips.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… drinking water and staying hydrated is so important to your life, much less your beauty and skin care regimen.
Did you know that bad eating habits can cause chapped lips?! It’s true! Eating foods rich in Vitamin A such as carrots, tomatoes and green, leafy vegetables can actually help prevent dry, cracked lips.
This one’s an oldie but a goody. Aloe is a great, natural way to sooth dry, cracked lips. It’s as easy as rubbing the get on your lips for instant relief.
Tip It’s important to not lick your lips when they’re chapped. Doing so may give a moment of relief, but that wetness on your lips is going to cost you! Your saliva will actually make things worse, so don’t do it!
No matter what the cause is of your dry, chapped lips (wind or sun exposure, allergies, spicy foods, dehydration, etc.), having chapped lips can be miserable. But now if you get chapped lips, at least now you won’t have to suffer for long!