Home Remedies For Chapped Lips

Couples do it. Parents and kids do it. Some animals even seem to do it. Everybody loves kissing. But nobody likes kissing dry, chapped lips. How can you keep your lips healthy? It’s easy when you know a few facts. Try these home remedies for chapped lips.

Beware the three enemies of healthy lips. Enemy number one is the sun. Unlike the rest of your exposed skin, your lips don’t have any melanin. This means they cannot tan to protect them selves from harmful ultraviolet sunlight. But they can burn very easily.
Enemy number two is dry air. Lips don’t have any sweat or sebaceous glands to help keep them moist and lubricated in dry or windy weather.

Enemy number three might be you. Your lips are crammed full of nerve endings. Whether you realize it or not, you probably lick, bite or wipe your lips more frequently when they’re irritated. This leads to further irritation.

Lick your lip enemies with balms and sunscreens. How can you stop the assault on your lips?

A little prevention goes a long way. Make it a habit to apply a lip balm with sunscreen several times a day. Look for a lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
Lip protect-ants relieve and prevent dryness and chapping. Petrolatum, allantoin and cocoa butter are common ingredients found in lip balms. Lip ointments also may contain local anesthetics, camphor, phenol or menthol, which will provide soothing relief from irritation.
Apply the lip balm with sunscreen about an hour before going outside. Reapply every hour and after swimming or eating.

Don’t forget your lip sunscreen in the winter months. Even if it doesn’t feel warm and sunny, the sun’s rays can still burn your lips. And snow reflects up to 90 percent of the sun’s rays. So wear your sunscreen in the winter too.
Some people have allergic reactions to certain sunscreens. If your lips become red or swollen while using one, discontinue use. If the condition persists, see your doctor.

Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Extra water helps keep your lips and skin moist and supple.

(Remember: Protecting your lips every day is the best way to keep them kiss-ably soft.)


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