Remedies for Chapped Lips
1. Choose the right lip balm ~ When browsing the pharmacy aisles, look for a healing ointment that contains petrolatum, essential oils or glycerin. This remedy will lock in the moisture and help heal cracks and splits in your skin.
2. Stay hydrated – Dehydration may be a related reason why your lips are feeling dry. Drinking plenty of water is known to be good for your skin — and this includes your sensitive lips.
3. Don’t lick your lips – When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips actually has the opposite effect.
4. Don’t bite, brush, or rub your lips – It’s much better not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers,” Dr. Piliang advises. “That just creates cracks and sores on your lips and can make things worse. Instead, apply a very heavy ointment-based balm that will be soothing and will help to heal your lips.”
5. Treat chapped lips right away – When it comes to treating chapped lips, time is of the essence!Treat severe peeling and cracks right away. If you let chapped lips go, they can become worse, possibly infected or may even lead to a cold sore.
6. Make lip protection a habit – Getting into the habit of adding lip protection to your morning, bedtime and outdoor routine is the way to go.. . . And be especially sure to apply lip balm before you go to bed every night. Many people sleep with their mouths open. Eight hours of breathing in and out through your mouth can seriously dry out your lips — and lip balm can help a great deal.