To treat chapped and dry lips, it is important to use moisturizing lipsticks, exfoliate the lips and drink plenty of water, as this way it is possible to promote hydration, nutrition and regeneration of the skin on the lips. In addition, it is recommended to take some care in your daily life to prevent the lips from cracking again, such as avoiding licking your lips and applying a moisturizing lipstick before applying the lipstick or the gloss.
Dry lips can happen due to several situations, mainly dehydration, frequent exposure to the sun, very cold weather, nutritional deficiencies or being a consequence of breathing through the mouth or as a result of some treatments.
Some tips for treating dry and chapped lips are:
1. Use moisturizing lipsticks
Lipsticks rich in mineral oils and vitamins help repair, nourish and moisturize dry and cracked lips and can be used every day. Moisturizing lipsticks may contain in their composition almond oil, coconut oil, shea butter or vitamin E, for example, however it is also important to use moisturizing lipsticks with a sun protection factor (SPF), as it helps to protect against the action of the sun’s rays, which could also make the lips more chapped and dry.
It is also possible to make a homemade lip moisturizer at home with protective, repairing and nourishing properties for the lips, using bee honey and tea tree essence, which can be applied to the lips several times a day.
2. Apply bepantol to lips
Bepantol is an ointment rich in vitamin E, in addition to containing SPF 30 in its composition, being able to promote deep, intense and prolonged hydration, being a great option to treat chapped and dry lips. Lip bepantol promotes cell renewal and is therefore able to nourish, hydrate and regenerate lips.
Bepantol can be applied several times a day, whenever necessary, and it is important to use it every 2 hours when you are more frequently exposed to the sun.
3. Exfoliate lips
Exfoliating lips daily helps to remove dead cells and promote cell regeneration, which leaves lips softer and smoother, so it is also a great choice for treating cracked and dry lips. The exfoliant for cracked and dry lips can easily be made at home:
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar;
- 1 teaspoon of honey;
- 1 teaspoon of oil;
- 1 toothbrush.
To prepare this exfoliant, you must gather all the ingredients in a pot and mix well. Then, apply the mixture to the lips and using a soft toothbrush, make circular movements on the lips to exfoliate them. After exfoliating, let the mixture act for 15 to 30 minutes, removing it at the end with running water.
4. Drink water during the day
Drinking water throughout the day is important not only to regulate body temperature, improve blood circulation and facilitate digestion, but also to promote skin and lip hydration.
Therefore, it is important to drink at least 2.5 liters of water a day, and it is also possible to obtain the recommended daily amount of water through foods such as watermelon, cucumber, pineapple and apple, for example, which can also help fight the cracked lips. However, if there is pain due to cracks in the lips, it is important to avoid consuming highly citrusy foods.
what to do to avoid
It is also important to take some care in your daily life to prevent your lips from getting irritated, red or chapped, such as:
- Do not run your tongue over your lips to wet or lessen the feeling of cold, as the salts and pH of the saliva worsen or cause dryness;
- Avoid removing the skin from the lips, as this can interfere with the tissue renewal process, which can make the lip even more dry and cracked;
- Before putting on lipstick or gloss, always apply a moisturizing lipstick;
- Avoid lipsticks with 24-hour fixation, as the compounds used for color fixation leave lips dry and dry;
- Choose to buy more than one moisturizer, so you can always have one available (one at home and one in your purse, for example) to apply whenever you find it necessary.
These are some precautions that help to prevent dry and dry lips, but if there are wounds or blisters that do not heal, you should consult your dermatologist as soon as possible, as it is a disease, such as cold sores, for example, and in these cases it may be necessary to make use of ointments with antiviral or antifungal properties.