How to Hydrate Dry Chapped Lips
Dry, chapped lips are the result of dehydration brought about not only by lack of moisture in the air but also by allergies, medications, and some skin diseases. Licking your lips too much also gives you dehydrated lips.
Treatment for Dehydrated Lips
- Include more milk and vegetables in your diet, and increase water intake. This way you’re hydrating yourself from the inside. Eat calcium and magnesium rich-foods that include cheese, yogurt, tofu, whole grains, nuts, beans, and salmon.
- Dry dehydrated lips can be caused by undernourishment so take a multivitamin every day.
- Alcohol, smoking, and caffeine cause lip tissues to dry up; refrain from these. Stay away from spicy and citrus foods for a while.
- Try not to lick your lips too often either.
- Using lip balm is like applying nutrition directly onto your lips. Avoid those with flavors and phenol however. Choose those with cocoa butter, vitamin E, or beeswax. And if you’re always in the sun, use lip balm with SPF.
- Another way of using vitamin E to treat your dry lips is by opening a capsule of liquid vitamin E, then smearing the juice on your lips. Do this thrice a day.
- Once a week, apply a moisturizer like aloe gel to your lips before sleeping. Do it more often in colder weather.
- Petroleum jelly is also a very good moisturizer; apply it to your lips every hour, until they’re no longer chapped.
- For those who drool in their sleep, apply zinc oxide to your lips before sleeping.
- Other vitamins for dehydrated lips: riboflavin, vitamin B1, and vitamin B6.
- Other oils you can use are flaxseed oil, fish oil, sesame seed oil, mustard oil, avocado oil, almond oil, olive oil, and coconut oil.
- Using a humidifier can also be effective.
There are many more treatments available for this problem. Just remember that the key here is moisturizing. No stinging products should be used.