You use your mouth for a lot of things. Talking, eating, breathing, kissing… the list goes on. In the grand scheme of things, you probably don’t really think about how much your lips do throughout the day, which means you also don’t think about taking care of them. But you should, because dry, chapped, unhappy lips are kind of the worst. Regardless of the season and the weather, your lips need extra special attention – and I don’t mean the kind that comes from a significant other. Sure, lip balm is great, but there are so many other ways to heal dry lips that you need to try.
You probably have a go-to lip balm, whether it’s basic ChapStick or something flavored/medicated/tinted/scented that makes you feel like you’re treating your lips right. Surprisingly, certain lip balms can actually make your chapped lips worse. Make sure you’re checking the ingredients; additives like glycerin and hyaluronic acid actually dry your lips out when not balanced with enough moisturizing ingredients. On top of that, lip balm that soothes chapped lips is known to be a little bit addictive, which is kind of a bummer. Take a break by turning to one of these alternatives to protect your pucker! You’ll thank us during your next makeout session.
Petroleum JellyIf you've never used Vaseline on dry lips, you're missing out. I tend to only use it at night because the thick consistency takes awhile to soak in. But once it does, it leaves you with super soft lips and no sign of chapping. Plus, it's super cheap! Image source: iStock
OilYour lips don't make natural oils like your skin does, which is one of the reasons why they can dry out so easily. Oil 'em up with ingredients you can probably find in your kitchen now: olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil, or canola oil. This is another one that you probably want to apply at night, as it's, you know, oily. Image source: iStock
HoneyIf you're more into sweet than savory, choose honey instead of oil. It'll be sticky, so probably not your best bet if you're at school or about to eat a meal. Honey on its own can make your lips soft, but take it up a notch by mixing it with some sugar and rubbing it on your lips as an exfoliator. Image source: iStock
Vitamin ENo, you don't swallow them - crack a vitamin E capsule and spread the gel formula on your lips. It acts as a natural moisturizer and a glossy shine. Image source: iStock
Aloe VeraJust as it soothes sunburned skin, aloe vera gel alleviates pain from chapped lips... if you can get past the taste. Use this to soothe painfully chapped lips when they're really bothering you. Image source: iStock
SugarYou can DIY an easy lip exfoliate by combining one part coconut oil (1/2 teaspoon should be enough) with one part sugar. Rub it on your lips gently to scrape away dead skin cells, then put on a moisturizer. Image source: iStock
Rose PetalsAfter soaking rose petals in milk for a few hours, mash them into a thick paste. The formula can be used a few times a day for moisture. Image source: iStock
LavenderStop buying the store brands hyped up for their chemically induced scents that might actually be irritating your lips even further. You can make your own chapstick at home with simple, natural ingredients. Try this one with lavender essential oil, beeswax, honey, and vitamin E oil. Image source: iStock
ToothpasteJust like chapsticks and lipsticks, the added chemicals in toothpaste can dry out your lips. Try an all-natural formula to avoid the extra damage. Image source: iStock
WaterHydration is key for keeping your lips in good shape. If your body lacks water, your lips will lack moisture. Drink up! Image source: iStock
How do you get rid of chapped lips? What’s your favorite lip products? Fill us in in the comments!