Chapped Lips are a very common condition to which everyone can relate.
Statistics show that it is very common in babies from 0 to 2 years and also in adults over 60 years old.
It can affect any person of any age, and at any time.
In Nigeria, about 1.5 million cases occur annually.
Its symptoms consist of lip dryness, redness, cracking and bleeding, and itching in some cases.
CAUSES OF CHAPPED LIPS:
Tracing the causes of chapped lips is helpful in knowing the right remedies to use.
The causes of this condition may include:
- Cold, hot, or dry weather,
- Consistently licking your lips
- Thyroid disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
- Reaction to some medications
- Deficiency of some vitamins and minerals especially Vitamin B and iron
From the aforementioned causes, you ought to bring your attention to things you may have been ignoring.
• Firstly, your feeding patterns cannot be overemphasized. Just a lack of vitamin B and iron can get your lips dried up. This should tell you something.
Make sure you feed on a balanced diet regularly. If needed, add supplements to your intake.
• Secondly, always stay hydrated. Take a water bottle with you everywhere you go; it’ll serve as a reminder. What water does to the body is not something that can be overlooked. Water, as common as it may be, is one of the strongest substances you can take to fight chapped lips.
• In cases of sunburn, wear a lip balm that can protect your lips from the sun’s harmful radiation. Now you know that your lips require sunscreen as much as your skin does!
• Chapped Lips could occur as a side effect of a particular medication. If yours is that way, it’s important you discuss it with your doctor about it. He/She will tell you whether to discontinue use or whether the medication will be changed.
SIMPLE DIY REMEDIES YOU CAN APPLY
- Apply a lip balm that is non-irritating and leave it on throughout the day.
- Quit licking your lips.
- Use honey, sugar, and coconut oil as an efficient lip scrub.
You make this with the following steps:
Mix one tbsp of sugar and one tbsp of coconut oil/olive oil and honey, to consistency and apply on the lips.
Rub your lips in a circular motion to get rid of dead cells.
Wipe off when you are done.
This is because it helps moisturize the lips and heal sores quickly. It also protects the chapped lips from infection. Note: Organic honey is the best!
This is a natural abrasive which serves as an exfoliating agent thereby removing dead skin cells.
This is because they have moisturizing effects on the thin sensitive skin of the lips.
And lastly, don’t use lip balms that have these ingredients; fragrance and flavoring, menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, waxes, etc.
Now you know these, it’s important you know the habits you should lay aside and the ones you should imbibe if you want your lips to be moist, soft, and beautiful.