How to fix really chapped lips

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Chapped or cracked lips is a common condition that occurs when the lips become dry. This condition can be quite uncomfortable and in worse cases, can even result in bleeding. But with the right care and some simple strategies, chapped lips can be easily fixed. Let’s take a look at how to fix really chapped lips and find out some natural solutions.

Strategies to fix chapped lips

1. Stay hydrated.

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Dehydration can result in dry and chapped lips. The easiest way to prevent dehydration is to drink sufficient water throughout the day, especially during cold and dry seasons.

2. Maintain regular lip care.

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Exfoliating and moisturizing are crucial steps in preventing and treating chapped lips. You can gently exfoliate your lips using a lip scrub to remove dead skin, promote the formation of new skin, and prevent dry lips. Remember to apply a lip moisturizer or balm after exfoliation.

3. Use lip balms and ointments.

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Quality lip balms and ointments can offer a protective layer on the lips against environmental factors that can cause dryness. Look for products that contain jojoba oil, beeswax, shea butter, or petrolatum. These elements help lock in moisture and heal the chapped skin of lips.

4. Use lip products with SPF when going out.

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Just like your skin on exposed parts of the body, your lips can also get damaged by the sun, leading to dryness and chapping. Use a lip balm with SPF (sun protection factor) to shield your lips from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

5. Avoid licking or biting your lips.

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The saliva from your mouth can further dry out your lips. Try to avoid the habit of licking, biting, or peeling your lips.

6. Use a humidifier.

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During winter or dry climates, the low humidity dries out your skin leading to chapped lips. A humidifier can help increase the moisture level in your room, providing relief from dryness.

7. Start a balanced diet.

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Certain nutrient deficiencies, including B vitamins, iron, and zinc, can lead to dry and chapped lips. Maintain a well-balanced diet enriched with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains which are significant sources of these nutrients.

8. Consult a doctor.

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If your lips remain chapped despite following the methods mentioned and if you notice worsening of the condition, consider visiting a doctor. You might have an underlying medical condition that needs attention.

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CANhaveTODAY’s Healing Legends can help

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If you are looking for an all-natural way to assist in the symptomatic relief of chapped lips, Healing Legends salve might be an excellent addition to your routine. This unique concoction is formulated with jojoba oil, myrrh, frankincense, and bergamot essential oils. Each of these ingredients offers its own set of amazing benefits.

Jojoba Oil

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Jojoba oil is known for its moisturizing properties. It serves as a natural humectant and emollient that attracts water to the top layer of the skin and seals in the moisture. Interestingly, jojoba oil also has natural SPF properties (~SPF 4) that can help in protecting your lips from the sun.

Myrrh Essential Oil

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The oil from the resin of the myrrh tree is highly valued for its healing properties. It may help soothe chapped, cracked, or broken skin and help promote faster healing with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial capabilities. Additionally, myrrh oil has some SPF properties, possibly making it a helpful tool in protecting the lips from the sun.

Frankincense Essential Oil

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Frankincense oil comes from the aromatic resin sourced from Boswellia trees. Also possessing healing properties, this oil may help reduce inflammation, potentially helping cracked lips develop faster.

Bergamot Essential Oil

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Bergamot oil from the peel of the bergamot fruit adds antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to Healing Legends. However, it is critical to note that bergamot oil can make your skin more photosensitive. This means it might make your lips more susceptible to UV rays.

Important Note: Before you start using Healing Legends, keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different. Especially if you have sensitive skin or are allergic to any of the ingredients, we recommend you do a patch test first. Apply the salve on a small area of your skin and wait 24 hours to see if you experience any negative reactions. It is also very important to note that Healing Legends must not be ingested.

Though Healing Legends contains both jojoba and myrrh oils, which possess natural SPF properties, do not solely rely on these for sun protection, especially when using a product with bergamot essential oil. It’s always safer to use an additional lip product with SPF 30 and above. A quick note: This product contains Sodium borate. The government of Canada does not recommend the use of products containing Sodium borate on open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.

Restore your lips!

Remember, while dry and chapped lips can be problematic and uncomfortable, with a few simple remedies and taking some preventive measures, you can comfortably restore your lips’ health. Also keep in mind that the addition of natural products like Healing Legends can offer an extra nourishing and healing touch, helping to restore your lips to their soft glory.


Why does licking your lips make them chapped?

The saliva contains enzymes that are meant to break down food, which can be harmful to the lips. Also, when the moisture of the saliva evaporates, it takes away the moisture from the lips as well.

What is good for chapped lips?

Products that attract moisture to the uppermost layer of the lips’ skin and seal in moisture are good for chapped lips. These include products with jojoba oil, petrolatum, beeswax, and shea butter.

Why do I have chapped lips?

Having chapped lips might be caused by dry climates, cold weather, constant licking of lips, or sun damage. Additionally, some medical conditions like eczema, nutritional deficiencies, and lupus can also cause dry, chapped lips.

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