How to prevent and treat dry and cracked lips

Chapped lips can usually be treated at home. While it may seem that dry, cracked lips are something you must live with until spring comes, you can have soft, supple lips year-round. It is said that prevention is better than cure. 1st we must discuss the preventive measures and then remedies.

How to prevent dry and chapped lips?

it is an observation that people tend to lick, chew, and even pull on their lips without even thinking about it. These habits can worsen if the skin on the lips is unusually dry.

While it may be hard to resist peeling dry, flaky skin from the lips, people run the risk of removing healthy skin in the process. This can prolong healing times and even cause bleeding.

Ingredients to avoid while your lips are chapped

Avoid using all products that contains following ingredients

  • Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Flavoring: Cinnamon, citrus, mint, and peppermint flavors can be especially irritating to dry, chapped lips
  • Fragrance
  • Lanolin
  • Menthol
  • Octinoxate or oxybenzone
  • Phenol (or phenyl)
  • Propyl gallate
  • Salicylic acid

Ingredients that can help heal chapped lips

Following ingredients can help in healing chapped lips

  • Castor seed oil
  • Ceramides
  • Dimethicone
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Mineral oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Shea butter
  • Sun-protective ingredients, such as titanium oxide or zinc oxide
  • White petroleum jelly

Dry and chapped lips remedies and treatment

Drink water

Chapped lips are dry lips, so you want to stay hydrated.

Stop licking, biting, and picking at your lips

When lips feel dry, it may feel natural to wet them by licking them, but this can worsen the problem. As saliva evaporates, your lips become drier.

Picking or biting your lips also irritates them, which can prevent healing.

Avoid holding items made of metal with your lips

Paperclips, jewelry, and other everyday products made of metal can irritate your already sensitive lips.

Plug in a humidifier at home

A humidifier in your bedroom can be especially helpful, especially if you breathe through your mouth at night.

Cover your lips with an emollient lip balm

Look for a gentle lip balm that contains natural moisturizing ingredients.

  • Beeswax
  • Shea butter
  • Coconut butter
  • Olive oil

Applying a lip butter will also provide your chapped lips with much needed relief.Enriched with a fruity strawberry aroma and Hydra IQ,

Apply oils for ultra-tender lips

Gently rub a small amount of soothing oil on your lips to provide great relief for cracked and chapped lips.  

Oil helps to moisturize your lips and protects them from further damage. Choose natural nut oils and seed butters, including:

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Almond oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Shea butter
  • Rosehip oil

Fundamentals of dry lips cure

Exfoliate

Gently rub your lips with a homemade mixture of olive or coconut oil and sugar and wipe clean with a face washer or a splash of warm water.
Exfoliating helps to remove the dead flaky, top layer of skin on your lips to reveal the fresh, young skin underneath.

Wear lip balm regularly

Apply and reapply a good quality lip balm, often:

  • NIVEA’s Lip Care Strawberry is enriched with shea butter and Hydra IQ, to provide your lips with intense long-lasting moisturization
  • NIVEA’s Sun Protect Lip Balm effectively protects your lips against harmful UVA and UVB rays with SPF30 while keeping your lips hydrated with Hydra IQ

Moisturizing lip balms help lock in hydration and protect your lips from drying out.

Apply a dry lips treatment overnight

Replenish your lips’ moisture while you sleep with NIVEA Recovery Medicated Lip Care – Broad Spectrum SPF 15 . Formulated with a variety of oils including Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, and Avocado Oil, this dry lips treatment rehydrates your lips, leaving them healthy, soft and nourished.

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