Does the quick change in seasons leave your lips especially dry and cracked, even when you use lip balm regularly? If lip balm just isn't cutting it, maybe a home remedy recipe for chapped lips might actually work. There are home remedies for practically everything—including stomach inflammation, to boost energy, soothe menstrual cramps—and chapped lips happen to be no exception.
What Causes Chapped Lips
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.
Try a Home Remedy for Chapped Lips
Rose Petals and Milk
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. 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.
The science behind it: The raw veggie is made up of over 90 percent water so it is hydrating. It also contains caffeic acid, which enhances collagen production.
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 balm 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. Additionally, the enzymes in aloe work to eliminate dead skin.
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. Green tea's polyphenols may also combat inflammation.
We’ve long heard about the benefits of rubbing coconut oil on stretch marks or scars, but chapped lips? Apparently, 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.
Coconut oil's fatty acids and semisolid nature make it an effective, all-natural lip moisturizer.
The science behind it: The fatty acids in coconut oil let it get deep down into skin to treat it. Plus, it absorbs quickly and it's semisolid at room temperature, just like regular lip balm.
Now, if you'd rather not spend the time whipping up a home remedy for chapped lips, there are a number of products that might be a fit for your needs. Among the top rated lip treatments available on Amazon, Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm gets top marks. If you're looking for something with SPF, Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 is a reviewer favorite. Or keep an eye out for ingredients with moisturizing properties like petroleum, lanolin, and ceramides.
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