It seems no season’s good for avoiding chapped lips. In the summer, they’re sunburned. In the winter, they’re wind-chilled and dry, and throughout fall and spring… well, let’s be real, we’re probably dehydrated.
Chapped lips commonly occur when your lips are dry, sore, or cracked. You may get chapped lips when the weather is cold and dry, or when you are dehydrated. Unlike the rest of your skin, your lips don't have oil glands and can't produce any natural oils to prevent them from drying. This means without proper care, your lips may dry out often.
Stocking up on lip balm seems like the easiest route to go when battling dry, cracked lips, but’s it’s not the only—or even most effective—remedy. Try one or all of these brilliant chapped lip cures instead.
If you’re anything like us, you spend a good part of your day eating and drinking (and always have a coffee or tea in hand), which can further irritate chapped lips. The sooner you treat the problem, the faster it will go away, so keep scrolling for five natural DIY lip treatments below (from masks to a plant you can rub directly on lips), and you’ll have smooth skin again in no time.
Combine a handful of rose petals with 1/4 cup raw milk for about two to three hours, or let it sit overnight in the fridge. After the mixture soaks, mash the petals until it turns into a paste, and then apply it to your lips. Wait 20 minutes, then rinse off the “lip mask” with cold water.
The science behind it: Rose petals contain nourishing vitamins.1 Milk’s lactic acid helps to exfoliate the skin.
Cucumber is naturally calming—that’s why the ingredient is found in a lot of eye and face creams and is also why they put slices of them over your eyes at the spa. To use cucumber to soothe chapped lips, mash a few slices and apply directly to your lips like a mask (you can do it morning and night). You can also gently rub slices of the cooled veggie on your lips if you want an easier cleanup. Leave the juice on your lips for 10 minutes before washing away with water.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a common remedy for burns. To get the soothing gel out of the aloe leaf, cut it sideways, and then store it in an airtight container so you can get multiple uses out of it. If you live in a warmer climate, it’s best to keep it in the fridge. To apply, simply swipe some of the balms on your lips daily.
The science behind it: Aloe has reportedly been used for medicinal purposes since biblical times. It seriously helps in the healing process and has been shown to reduce scarring.5 Additionally, the enzymes in aloe work to eliminate dead skin.
4. Green Tea
You may wake yourself up in the morning with some green tea, yet when it comes to healing chapped lips, think of green tea as its snooze button. According to the likes of Allure and Reader's Digest, rubbing a steeped green tea bag on your lips will leave your lips feeling flake-free. Steep a tea bag in hot water as if you were making yourself a cup; let it slightly cool, and then apply it to lips (be careful not to burn yourself.) Leave it on for a few minutes at a time, and do it once a day for maximum results.
The science behind it: The brew has antioxidants and tannins that hydrate parched skin.7 Green tea's polyphenols may also combat inflammation.
5. Coconut Oil
We’ve long heard about the benefits of rubbing coconut oil on stretch marks or scars, but chapped lips? This soothing balm works wonders. To apply, simply dab some on lips a few times a day (there’s no such thing as overdoing it). The other perk? We bet you likely already have this in your medicine cabinet.
The science behind it: The fatty acids in coconut oil let it get deep down into the skin to treat it.10
This is a 100% organic product made by honey bees as part of the hive-making process and has been used by mankind for many centuries as balms and salves. You apply a thick layer of wax to lips and it will create a seal retaining the moisture of lips and stop them from drying out.
Keeping these home remedies on hand will ensure healthy skin in a natural and nontoxic way.