Maybe it’s TMI, but the quick change in seasons this year left my lips especially dry and cracked, and I wasn’t the only one—it became a topic of conversation among friends (what are you using?, we all asked each other curiously, hoping for a cure). And then when it was beyond being fixed by regular lip balm we started to question whether there were any home remedies for chapped lips that actually worked. The good news, as we have learned recently, is that there are home remedies for practically everything—including stomach inflammation, energy, and even menstrual cramps–and chapped lips happen to be no exception.
If you’re anything like me, you spend a good part of your day eating and drinking (and always have a coffee in hand), which can further irritate chapped lips. The sooner you treat the problem, the faster it will go away, so get moving, and you’ll have smooth skin again in no time. What to use? Don’t worry, we’ll break down all the five best home remedies for chapped lips out there. Now go on and take your pick.
ROSE PETALS AND MILK
This sounds like some kind of romantic Valentine’s Day date, but we swear it’s not. All you need to do is mix together a few rose petals with some raw milk for about two to three hours. After it soaks, mash the petals until it turns into a paste, and then apply it to your lips. Wait about 20 minutes, and then rinse off the “lip mask” with some cold water.
The science behind it: Rose petals are nourishing because they contain vitamin E. Milk’s lactic acid exfoliates, while its fats inject some hydration.
A CUCUMBER MASK
Cucumber is just so naturally calming—that’s why the ingredient is in a lot of eye creams and also why they put slices of them over your eyes at the spa. So when it comes to home remedies for chapped lips, we knew cucumber would make the list. How does it work? Well, all you need to do is mash a few slices and apply it to your lips like a mask (you can do it morning and night). You can also just press slices of the cooled veggie on your lips if you want an easier cleanup.
The science behind it: The raw veggie is actually 90% water, so it works quickly to rehydrate your pout. Plus, it contains vitamin C, which aids in collagen production and keeps lips strong and healthy.
Aloe vera is a common remedy for burns, and I can attest to its calming properties since I’m always accidentally scalding myself while cooking. 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 reduces scarring. Additionally, it works to eliminate dead skin and promotes healthy cell growth.
GREEN TEA BAGS
You may wake yourself up in the morning with some green tea, and now it’s time to wake up your cracked lips. 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 (you just want to avoid burning 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. It also relieves the burning that can come with chapped lips.
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.
The science behind it: The fatty acids in coconut oil let it get deep down into skin to treat it. Plus, it makes your lips baby soft and increases vitamin absorption.
What do you think about these home remedies for chapped lips? Share your personal favorites with us in the comments, and then learn about the little things you can do to be happier every day.