Cracked Dry Lips
Cracked lips can be one of your worst cosmetic woes, especially if you
live in adverse climatic conditions. You might be lucky to have a
flawless complexion, but a mere sign of chapped lips will surely mar
your entire look.
Read on for a complete guide into what causes a cracked lip, the
tools you can use to cure them and even more important, some practical
and effective measures to prevent unpleasant, cracked dry lips.
Know the causes
you’ve always been extra careful of your skin and are at a total loss
to understand what causes dry lips? Well, to begin with, cracked lips
result due to the loss or evaporation of the natural moisture from your
Nature has gifted our lips a thin oily film to keep
them moist and soft. The loss of this natural film of oil is what causes
chapped and dry lips.
Let’s give a quick look at the causes of cracked lips, which rob your lips of their natural moisture:
• Severe climatic conditions, such as exposure to strong sunlight or harsh winters
• Deficiency of vitamin B complex and iron
• Dehydration and excessive loss of fluids from the body
• Cold and congestion forcing you to breathe from the mouth
• Allergic reaction to cosmetics, toothpastes and mouthwashes
• Indoor and other heating systems
• Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine
• Other illnesses such as diabetes
• Excessive licking of lips
• Spicy or acidic foods
of cures, if you are suffering from cracked corners of lips, which
might have also got red and painful, it could be a sign of an overgrowth
of yeast. Try an application of some liquid acidophilus yoghurt to get
relief from the soreness.
How to prevent dry chapped lips
know that you are at a risk of getting cracked dry lips when a few
minutes of exposure to sun or extreme weather conditions can give you an
uneasy dryness on your lips.
Here are some of the handy tips you can use to prevent cracked lips:
Make sure you follow a healthy diet. Have foods rich in vitamins and
other nutrients. Consume ample quantities of food groups like brown
rice, lean red meat, egg yolks, whole grain cereals, fresh green
vegetables, seeds, nuts, spinach, peas, asparagus and broccoli.
- Take additional vitamin B supplements to fortify your diet.
Use a good lip balm. You should also use one when you are suffering
from any illnesses that could cause cracked lips. It is advisable to use
a lip balm that has a minimum SPF count of 15 along with beeswax,
petroleum jelly and phenol.
- Have lots of water and fluids.
- For cracked lips, essential
oils can work as a good cure as well as an effective preventive measure.
Take the following in the mentioned amounts, mix and apply on the
• 20 ml – Aloe vera gel
• 2 drops – Geranium oil
• 1 drop – Chamomile oil
• 1 drop – Neroli oil
• 2 drops - Rose oil
that you know the causes of dry cracked lips, it will help you to know
the possible measures you can take to cure them and give back your lips
their natural sheen, softness and charm. Since the skin on your lips is
very soft and sensitive, it is often best to start your cracked lips
treatment with a handful of natural, home remedies. Here, we’ve listed
the 5 most effective home remedies you can use as a cure for cracked dry
5 most effective home remedies for cracked lips
1. Apply one or more of these regularly to restore the moisture:
Milk cream, Honey, Castor or mustard oil, Coconut oil, Sweet almond or
olive oil, Shea butter, Glycerin, Crushed neem leaves, Aloe vera
Apply a pack made of 1 teaspoon each of glycerin, castor oil and lemon
juice. Leave overnight and use moist cotton in the morning to wipe it
3. Make a mixture of pure milk cream, lime juice, rose water, and turmeric powder and apply.
4. Take a ripe and soft avocado and rub it over the affected area.
5. Take a slice of ripe cucumber and rub it on your lips.
When it gets worse
most of the cases, a combination of the above remedies along with the
use of a good lip balm and essential oils will usually cure your cracked
and dry lips. However, if your skin refuses to respond to any of the
above for more than a couple of weeks, there are other stronger measures
you need to take to cure cracked lips, not healing or even getting
One of the two most important things to do here is to
consult your healthcare provider who will examine you for any related
illnesses and also put you on a proper regimen of nutritional
supplements. In addition, you also need to pay immediate attention to
your diet, fortifying it further with a lot of iron-rich foods.
By Jasmin Pannu
Other pages on remedies-for-skin in connection with cracked lips
- Dry skin remedies
- Homemade lip balm recipes
- Homemade natural moisturizers
- Dry knees and elbows
- Lip discoloration remedies
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