Really chapped and peeling lips can be painful, as well as unsightly. It is difficult to apply lipstick on chapped lips, and peeling lips are undesirable when it comes to kissing. Since the primary cause of chapped and peeling lips is often dehydration, it is important to address the root of the problem via active hydration. However, it is also imperative to heal already chapped lip skin and to protect it from further damage by external elements like extreme cold or a dry climate.

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Follow the Mayo Clinic’s recommendation and drink between eight and nine 8 oz. glasses of water a day. Substitute juices if desired, as any fluid intake counts toward your daily hydration goal.

Mix honey and a dash of sugar in a bowl, using your Q-Tip to fully incorporate the ingredients. Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your lips. Allow mixture to dry on lips for a few seconds.

Apply a layer of Vaseline to your lips, on top of the dried honey mixture. Let the honey mixture and Vaseline treat your lips for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently remove all ingredients with a warm, damp washcloth, using a swiping motion from one side of your lips to the other.

Apply Chapstick or lip balm immediately to the lips. Repeat this entire process once a day, for between two and five days, until chapped and peeling lips are fully healed and moisturized.


  • During especially dry seasons, run a humidifier in your room at night to fill the room with needed moisture.

  • Rub a small amount of fresh aloe vera onto your lips daily to help speed healing of really chapped lips.