6 easy and effective home remedies for chapped and dry lips

Dry, chapped lips not only cause irritation and pain, but also a loss of aesthetics, lowering one’s confidence. In this article, ILLUME eMAG will show you how to get back plump lips without worrying about dryness.

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Did you know your lips lack sweat glands and sebaceous glands? These glands are basically in charge of creating a hydrolipidic coating that protects and moisturizes the surface of your skin. Because your lips do not sweat or secrete oils, they lack this protective lipid barrier and are thus prone to getting dry.

Some common causes of dry lips:

Due to the weather

When the temperature drops and the weather becomes colder, the lips gradually lose moisture, causing them to become drier. When the lips get too dry, they may peel off in patches or split, resulting in searing pain and bleeding.

Dehydration

Water plays a very important role in our body because it helps to flush out toxins and boost metabolism. Water deprivation causes the lips to lose their inherent moisture.

Using low-quality matte lipstick

When applied, low-quality matte lipsticks not only do not give moisture, but they also cause the lips to lose their natural moisture, as chemical colorants stick to the lips and increase the risk of dry lips.

No lip balm

Many people pay special attention to skincare but neglect the small bits of their bodies, such as their lips. Without lip balm, your lips will become dry and look stale.

Excessive lip licking

When you lick your lips, you strip away the inherent moisture on your lips. As a result, the lips become drier, and the constant licking of the lips makes the lips more prone to darkening and discoloration.

Here are the 6 easy and effective home remedies for chapped and dry lips

  1. Drink a lot of water

Unlike other skin surfaces, which have a protective coating that prevents moisture loss, your lips lack a mechanism for sealing in and preserving moisture. As a result, the most visible sign of dehydration is dry lips (dry mouth and eyes are also indicators of dehydration).

Since water makes up 70% of our body, drinking enough water helps the lips to become moist, preventing dry lips caused by dehydration.

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  1. Honey lip balm

Simply apply a layer of honey before going to bed every night, let it on for about 20 minutes, and then wipe it off with a warm towel. When used as a lip balm, honey will make your lips plump and soft, gradually decreasing the state of flaking and chapped lips in the morning when you wake up.

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  1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is no longer alien to us, especially to women, because the benefits it provides are countless, including smoothing hair, curing stretch marks, smoothing skin, and softening and reducing black lips.

If you use a teaspoon of coconut oil and half a teaspoon of sugar every day, mix them together, and gently massage them on your lips every night, you will find that your lips are rosy and significantly softer after one week.

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  1. Cucumber

Cucumber masks are widely used because of their excellent hydrating properties. Remember to apply a cucumber mask to your lips three times a week to keep them hydrated; also, putting cucumber to your lips helps avoid dark lips.

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  1. Exfoliate

This appears to be something that few people notice, yet it is one of the leading causes of dry and chapped lips.

Exfoliate your lips 2-3 times a week with homemade mixtures such as sugar and honey/coconut oil or ground coffee powder with coconut oil.

If you apply the mixtures on your lips daily, you will notice that your lips are constantly moist and no longer appear dry and cracked.

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  1. Use lip balm – Chapstick

Lip balm is an essential item of women’s cosmetics since it not only moisturizes and prevents dry lips, but also provides a layer as a base to protect lips from harmful agents such as sunlight or hazardous chemicals in lipstick. Lip balm is no longer just for ladies; guys should use it as well to avoid having dry and chapped lips. Not to mention that there are several brands with a variety of flavors to choose from such as coffee, matcha, strawberries, etc.

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