Soft and smooth are the ideal texture most people want for their lips. Chapped and peeling lips can be painful and aren't the easiest canvas to apply lipstick to. External elements like extreme cold or a dry climate can make matters even worse. Since dehydration is the primary cause of chapped lips, keeping them moisturized is the key to healing them. Here's a simple DIY lip mask that'll do just that.
The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking between eight and nine 8-ounce 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. Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your lips.
Apply a layer of coconut oil on top of the honey mixture. Let this lip mask absorb 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 lip balm immediately to the lips.
Repeat the entire process once a day 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.
If this method fails to restore your lips within five days, see your doctor. He may prescribe medicated balm to address deep tissue damage.
Sarah Morgan has been a copywriter since 2008 and has written hundreds of articles for various websites and blogs, including work for the Couple's Institute and Caney Technology. Morgan has a degree in practical ministry from FIRE school of ministry in Charlotte, NC.