Before dabbling in natural beauty recipes, I never realized there were so many ways to care for your lips. Each time I make lip balm I discover a new ingredient or technique that makes my lips feel super soft. Because this is definitely the time of year I find myself reaching for lip balm more often. (In fact, had to go put some on. Okay, I’m back.)
Here are 5 DIY remedies for dry, chapped lips. Because you want them soft and kissable for Valentine’s Day, right?
1. Exfoliate with honey
With this pumpkin spice balm I quickly realized how awesome honey is for your lips. Create a mixture of honey, cocoa powder and brown sugar in a small bowl. Rub it into your lips with your finger – but be especially gentle with super dry lips. And there’s no reason to rinse it off, just keep the honey on your lips. (Or eat it if you want, we won’t judge.)
2. Make a homemade lip balm
Honey lip balm is my fave, and this on is a recreation of Lush’s Honey Trap lip balm. It uses a whole host of moisturizers: shea butter, honey, almond oil and olive oil. And white chocolate! Could it get any yummier? Plus the beeswax will create a layer of protection on your lips to seal in moisture.
- 1 tablespoon shea butter
- 1 teaspoon each: honey, almond oil and olive oil
- 1 teaspoon grated beeswax
- 5 white chocolate chips
- 3-4 drops vanilla extract
- Lip balm container
Note: I also included a pinch of ground oatmeal and dry whole milk hoping for a slightly grainy texture so it would slightly exfoliate with each application. But the affect on the texture was pretty minimal.
Combine the oils in a small bowl and add the extract (or other essential oil of your choice). Melt the beeswax in a microwave safe bowl in short burst until almost melted. Add the chocolate chips and heat again until both are fully melted. Combine the beeswax and chocolate mixture with the oils and stir to combine. Quickly transfer to a clean container and wait for it to solidify (stick it in the freezer to speed this up).
3. Heal lips overnight with coconut oil
4. For cracked lips, try Vitamin E
Try applying vitamin E directly to those super painful cracks in the corner of your mouth. Just pierce a capsule and apply with a clean finger.
5. Two things not to do
Some lip care ingredients will actually make chapped lips worse so avoid menthol, camphor and even cinnamon. Stick with natural oils that won’t suck the moisture from your lips. And avoid licking your lips as much as possible. When the saliva disappears, your lips will feel drier than before. It’s better to keep applying a natural balm so don’t worry about becoming ‘addicted.’