UGH, chapped lips. Last week, I was battling chapped lips like crazy! Um, chapped lips in April? #notcute Chapped lips are a winter thing, right? Typically when you think of chapped lips, you typically think its caused by dehydration, right? Right. The remedy for dehydration is drinking more water, right? Right. Therefore, drinking more water will eliminate chapped lips, right? Wrong. Turns out there are actually multiple causes of chapped lips.
Licking those lips!
Is it just me, but when your lips are chapped like crazy the best solution seems to be to lick your lips? Turns out licking your lips actually will perpetuate dryness as it strips away the oil from your lips.
Another cause of chapped lips can be excess heat exposure. Heat exposure can be related to eating/drinking foods that are too hot as the heat can lead to stripping away the natural oils that protect your lips from water loss. Heat exposure can also it can also be environmental excess heat exposure, such as the SUN. Just like you protect your skin from the sun, you should also protect those lips! Keep in mind that some people are sensitive to certain ingredients in lip balms so listen to your body and if it leads to more chapped lips something isn’t right 😉
Not all gum, but specifically mint gum can actually increase the possibility of chapped lips. Mint actually causes drying out and also causing stripping away of the protective oils on your lips.
Bah, ick. Smoking…add this one to the list of cons against smoking (as if there aren’t enough already), but smoking increases dehydration leading to not only chapped lips, but also bad breath.
Needing to visit the doctor
Hmm, chapped lips lasting a little too long? Maybe its time to take a closer look. Chapped lips could be an indicator of something more, including a vitamin deficiency or an underlying medical condition. Just make sure to check with your doctor if you have concerns!
Okay, so now we know what causes those chapped lips, but what do we do about it! Basically, the route cause of chapped lips is dehydration, but not just from not drinking enough water! Also, having chapped lips is actually a relatively normal occurrence, just like having dry skin. Totally normal, but also something easy that you can remedy.
1. First things first, drink some water! Make sure you’re totally hydrated. Avoid drinking those drinks that can dehydrate you, such as coffee.
2. Moisturize! If lip balm works for you, use it! If you’re sensitive or you find that it makes no difference to those lips, instead try a moisturizing oil, such as avocado, coconut, or sesame oil! Make sure you choose organic to avoid any other “fillers” that may cause irritation. Raw honey can also be a good solution as is a natural antiseptic…just make sure it doesn’t make you want to lick those lips more!
3. Scrub, don’t peel! If your are peeling, avoid picking or pulling pieces of your lips. Instead, make an easy scrub to help exfoliate those lips without being too harsh. Try this easy lip scrub! Mix together 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with 1 tsp raw honey and 1 tsp of EVOO. Scrub it on those lips until smooth. Rinse and enjoy! 😉