Lips are one of the sensitive parts of the face which is made of delicate skin. They do not have oil glands to keep them hydrated so they are more susceptible to dryness than other parts. If not taken care of properly, they get badly affected by external factors like cold and dry weather, excessive exposure to sun, dust, and pollution.
Chapped lips can occur when you do not drink sufficient amounts of water, exposure to extreme cold and dry air, eating more dry (popcorn) or cold food (frozen) items, and excessive licking.
Ayurveda has the best remedies to heal and even prevent chapped lips. As per Ayurveda, chapped lips is a result of Vata (energy) aggravation which is commonly seen during the winter season due to cold and dry environment. This can be easily treated by pacifying aggravated Vata with suitable home remedies, diet, and lifestyle tips.
This is the uniqueness of Ayurveda that it cures the root cause of any ailment which makes it easy to understand and cure the condition.
Home Remedies for Chapped lips:
1. Scrubbing with honey & sugar:
Scrubbing your lips is essential to remove dead skin and get soft and smooth lips. You can scrub your lips gently with a mixture of honey and sugar (one teaspoon each) and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it off with regular water. After this, you can moisturize your lips with ghee (clarified butter) or balm.
2. Massage with ghee:
Apply ghee gently over the lips every 2 to 3 hours for three days. It will give you relief from chapped lips and leave you with soft lips. If you are not at home and cannot carry ghee with you, use a lip balm with beeswax and shea butter base.
3. Steam with boiling milk:
If your lips are severely dry and peeling badly then you can give steam along with the above-given measures. It is better to give steam with boiling milk which will help to moisten the lips instantly. You can simply keep your face above boiling milk for 5 minutes. Repeat it twice a day until you see good results.