Soft supple lips are everyone’s dream but sometimes winter weather has other plans and we end up with dry, chapped lips, ouch! All winter long people are lathering on massive amounts of chapstick trying to get relief from their cracked, lips, when really what we should be doing is trying to cure the problem rather than masking it with chapstick.
Dry, cracked lips can be extremely annoying, especially if your lips crack and start bleeding. Plus if you’re a girl, forget about wearing lipstick that will only make the chapped lips stand out more and no body wants that.
The funny thing is many people do not know why they have chapped lips and people who are chronic suffers are sometimes more at a loss on what to do to keep their lips hydrated. But don’t worry, I am here to explain to you some of the most common causes of chapped lips and how your can cure your chapped lips naturally. Plus I’m going to share with you my ultimate holy grail DIY lip scrub with all natural ingredients that will bring new life to your lips.
So let’s start out by talking about some of the most common causes of chapped lips.
Common Causes of Chapped Lips:
First, a quick reminder:
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Chronic chapped lips can be a sign of dehydration. Many people are completely unaware of how much water they should be ingesting each day and it is different for every person so let me share with you a simple formula we use in medicine to determine how much water a patient should be ingesting daily. The formula is as follows:
Take your weight, then divide it by 2 and that is the amount of ounces of water your should be drinking in a day.
Example: if you weight 120lbs, then you should be drinking 60oz per day.
It’s as simple as drinking the right amount of water in a day that can help cure your chapped lips but sometimes there are more factors adding to your chapped lips.
Other reasons for chronic chapped lips could be deficiencies in vitamin B2, B12 and iron. People with vitamin B2 or iron deficiencies are at increased risk for angular cheilitis (aka- chapped, cracked lips). The best way to determine if you have a vitamin deficiency is to have your doctor check your levels with blood work. Your doctor will be able to evaluate your levels and determine the best treatment to restore your vitamin levels. Sometimes its as easy as taking an oral supplement but if your levels are extremely low more aggressive treatments such as transfusions or injections may be necessary which is why it is always suggested that you go to your doctor first.
Another cause of chronic chapped lips could be from candida overgrowth. Many people who suffer from chronic yeast infections are prone to angular cheilitis as well. The most common people who are prone to recurrent yeast infections are diabetics, women using estrogen or taking oral contraceptives, and people with compromised immune systems. However, recurrent yeast infections can plague anyone who is over eating simple sugars and has an imbalance in their gut health.
Yeast is naturally found on your bodies and only when things become unbalanced does it flourish and grow into an infection. But luckily there is an easy way to correct this and rebalance out your natural flora. Some of the easiest ways to rebalance your natural flora are by eating the right foods. Green leafy vegetables, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil have all been shown to be incredible fungus fighters which can heal rid your body of excess candida. In addition, taking daily probiotics can do wonders to rebalance out your gut health. But not all probiotics are alike, so make sure you are taking one with at least 3 billion lactobacillus acidophilus in it.
* Remember to check with you doctor first before starting new medications and supplements
Another common cause of dry lips is chronic licking of lips. This behavior is a common cause to chapped lips because the saliva in our mouth is extremely drying to our skin. Remember your saliva contains enzymes that are meant for digesting food and not for moisturizing your lips. Sometimes just by breaking this behavior your can help cure your chapped lips.
Now that we have uncovered some common causes of chapped lips, let’s start talking about an amazing home remedy you can do once a week to fix chapped lips.
DIY Lip Scrub for Chapped Lips
The best part about this lip scrub is it only requires a few household products that are natural and easy to find. No need to spend your hard earned money on “luxury” designer lip scrubs that are full of chemicals and toxins when your can easily create one yourself.
Seriously, this lip scrub recipe is so easy, you are going to want to use it all the time to help heal those chapped lips.
Lip Scrub Recipe:
1/2 tsp organic virgin coconut oil
1 tsp sugar (any sugar will do-white, brown, or raw, but I get best results with white sugar)
Directions: Make sure coconut oil is at room temperature for best results. Combine all ingredients in a small container and mix until ingredients are fully combined.
Gently add some of the mixture to your lips with her fingers and move your fingers in tiny circles over your lip surface. Make sure you do not apply too much pressure as this lip scrub can be abrasive. Continue lathering your lips until you have gently exfoliated all surfaces of your lips. Then let mixture sit on your lips of 1 min to allow your skin time to soak up the moisture from the coconut oil.
Then rinse your lips with water and a gentle facial cleaner to help remove the excess oil from your skin. Pat lips dry then apply a thin layer of vaseline to your lips to help them stay moisturized for the rest of the day.
Make sure to only use this lip scrub once a week as it can be abrasive to the skin and you don’t want to cause any skin damage.
Keep in mind, this is just one version of many DIY recipes for skin scrubs. So let me share with you some of the other versions of this scrub.
Other Lip Scrub Recipes:
1/2 tsp water + 1 tsp white sugar (less moisturizing than using coconut oil)
1/2tsp water + 1/2 tsp coffee grounds (coffee grounds are a great skin exfoliator!)
1/4 tsp almond oil + 1/2 tsp brown sugar (almond oil is great for skin moisturizing)
*any of these substitutes are great for lip scrubs.
Just remember when you are trying to create a body scrub you need an exfoliant and a moisturizer. So get creative and create your own!
So let’s do a quick recap. Chapped lips can be caused by numerous things so it is important to get down to the root cause to properly treat your lips and prevent them from staying chapped. Luckily there are many ways to treat chapped lips and sometimes it’s just as easy as drinking more water or taking a supplement. However, if you are lookin for a quick fix to treat those chapped lips and keep them soft then definitely give this lip scrub recipe a try. You will be surprised how much better your lips feel after one use of this scrub. Like always, natural remedies are always better
over the store bought options to avoid all those added toxins and preservatives they use.
If you guys have any other home remedies you use for chapped lips, feel free to share in the comments. I always love learning about new remedies people are using.