Natural Pout: Home Remedies For Dry Lips

We live in the age of spontaneous selfies, where it becomes extremely important to look good at all times, if not fabulous, and chapped lips can really get in the way of that.

Dry lips can be a very painful and annoying problem. Sore lips, bleeding, redness, and tightness in the lips are not just prevalent in the winter months, but all through the year. Most of us use expensive lip balms to counter this issue. However, there are many home remedies that can work for chapped lips just as effectively, if not more.

  1. Clarified butter, or ghee — This remedy has been used traditionally since ages. Just put a dab of warm ghee on your lips or navel, and see the magic! This works best if you pick it up off a freshly-made roti.
  2. Sugar — A mild exfoliant, sugar works well to remove the dead cells from lips. Just mix with olive oil or honey, exfoliate, and then wash off with lukewarm water. You can also use brown sugar.
  3. Honey — With sugar or by itself, honey moisturises the lips and keeps them soft. You can also mix it with glycerin and apply overnight. Rose water and honey is another great combination.
  4. Oils — Coconut, castor, mustard, almond, olive, and jojoba oils keep your lips soft and moisturised. You can also mix castor oil with glycerin and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply overnight, and remove in the morning with a cotton ball dipped in lukewarm water.
  5. Aloe vera –Aloe vera is known to have healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has hygroscopic properties which moisturise the lips. Apply on lips, and wash when dry.
  6. Cucumber — Rub a slice across your lips, leave for 15–20 minutes, and then wash it off. Do this several times a day.
  7. Milk cream — Because of its high fat content, milk cream or malai moisturises your lips well. Just apply, leave on for 10 minutes, then wipe off with a cotton ball dipped in lukewarm water. You can also mix it with lemon juice, freeze the mix, and apply overnight on your lips.
  8. Rose petals — Take a handful of rose petals, wash thoroughly to remove dust, and soak them in raw milk or glycerin for a few hours. Grind into a paste and apply a few times daily, along with applying it before bed.
  9. Green tea bag — Take a used green tea bag and apply to your lips for 5 minutes. This is a very effective way to raise the moisture content of the lips.
  10. Mango butter or oil — The fatty acids in mango butter contain stearic and oleic acids, which soften the lips and lock the moisture in. Simply apply on the lips and wash after a while. Repeat.
  11. Sebum — We saved the best for the last. Sebum replenishes and locks in moisture, and can make your lips super soft. Wash your hands, then run your finger along the sides of your nose and beneath your nostrils. The oil present there is sebum. Just apply on your lips and you’re good to go!
  12. Bonus — the not-so-good taste will also prevent you from licking your lips. You can also use someone else’s sebum. It might be a little putting off, but hey, it’s natural and it works!
    While trying out all these remedies, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated, stop licking your lips, and eat a proper diet.

-By Silky Wadhwa

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