Once your lips become chapped, it’s pretty much impossible to ignore them. And they just get worse as it gets colder and the air gets drier—no wonder winter is such a bummer! If you’re suffering from dry, flaky or even painfully chapped lips, here are 9 natural ways to heal them and keep them moisturized.
1. Homemade Honey Lip Scrub
Honey is a humectant, which means it locks moisture in to your skin. A little honey combined with sugar (to gently exfoliate) and almond oil rubbed gently onto the lips will moisturize and slough off dead skin. You can even eat the scrub! We also have a pumpkin spice version (complete with balm recipe) if you want to keep it seasonal.
2. Brush with a Soft Toothbrush
If slathering honey and sugar on your lips doesn’t sound appealing (hey, to each her own), try a very gentle scrub with the softest toothbrush you can find, one to two times per day, to exfoliate.
3. Homemade Beeswax Lip Balm
The beeswax in this DIY balm creates a protective layer on your lips—so you won’t be reapplying on the hour. Including honey makes for an effective chapped lips treatment.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Good life advice, and even better advice when it comes to dry, flaky lips. If you’re hydrated, your lips will be too. If you’re having trouble getting to 64 ounces each day, try these hydration hacks.
5. Opt for Natural if You Buy
If you buy balms or moisturizers, look for ones that contain coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter or beeswax to seal in moisture—and avoid those that have menthol or camphor.
6. Use Thick Emollients
For a DIY approach, you can even just slather some coconut oil on your lips at night; by morning they’ll be soft, supple and crack-free. Or make this all-purpose body balm to use on your lips; it includes cocoa butter, beeswax and coconut oil.
7. Almond Oil
This rich body oil can be used head to toe—including on dry, chapped lips. We love it in this DIY warming vanilla-chai oil, which is totally safe for lips.
8. Vitamin E
If your lips are starting to get cracked and painful, open up a vitamin E capsule and put a little of the gel right on the problem spots (this works well for the corners of your mouth, too).
9. Invest in a Humidifier
I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t have a humidifier, despite living in a super-cold climate and the fact that they’re only about $20 to 30. This year’s going to be different, though! Rather than suffering through dry skin and lips, I’m finally investing in a warm mist humidifier to stop the dryness before it starts.881