1. Use a non irritating lip balm.
Remember it is not the fanciest lip balms that are a sure shot remedy for chapped lips. You need to get a non irritating lip balm that causes no burning, stinging or tingling sensation. In case you feel any discomfort, it is time to change the product before your problem gets worse.
As per research, lip balms that contain ingredients like camphor, eucalyptus, lanolin or any kind of floral fragrance must be completely avoided. Instead, go for products that have natural ingredients like castor seed oil, hemp seed oil, shea butter, or petroleum jelly. Make sure to apply lip balm several times a day.
2. Try using pure petroleum jelly.
If your lips are severely chapped and lip balms does not do the trick, then it is time to switch to good old petroleum jelly. Just slather on some Vaseline and you should notice a marked difference within no time. But make sure to apply a sunscreen before you apply the petroleum jelly. After all, protecting your lips from the harsh rays of the sun is equally important, if you step out every day.
3. Use a humidifier.
If you live in an environment that is particularly dry, then it is best to invest in a good humidifier. To prevent chapped lips, try and maintain humidity levels in the range of 30-50%. And make sure you clean your humidifier from time to time, because it could become a breeding ground for bacteria and make you sick.
4. Check your intake of vitamins and minerals.
It is said that your body gives you signs from time to time if something is not right internally. Chapped lips could signal an underlying vitamin deficiency, so if no remedy works, then make sure to visit a doctor and get yourself checked. Try and consume a nutrient rich diet that has B vitamins, iron, essential fatty acids and minerals in good measure. And if you do not get enough from your food, then you can always go for supplements too.
5. Stay hydrated.
Not hydrating yourself can also cause dry and chapped lips. That is why it is important to drink as much water as you can. And yes ladies, we know our water consumption goes down in winter, but make a conscious effort to have at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
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