All of us suffer from chapped lips from time to time, and it can be difficult to remedy if you have the habit of licking or chewing on your lips when you are nervous, distracted or stressed. This exacerbates the condition and can lead to cracking, soreness, bleeding and infections. Having smooth, supple lips is necessary for a great smile, and it provides a smooth base for lipstick. Chapped lips are easy to heal, but it does take a conscience effort to maintain the smoothness.
Hydrate your body by drinking plenty of fluids each day, particularly if you are enjoying outdoor sports or are an active person. Try to drink at least six glasses of water each day along with other fluids.
Avoid licking your lips, you may think this will help them to heal, but the saliva evaporates quickly and leaves the lips even drier than before. If you have a habit of licking your lips, break the habit and avoid flavored lip balms that may make you lick them even more.
Protect your lips by keeping a lip balm on them at all times, even applying it after you brush your teeth and before going to bed. Make sure it is oil-based and has petrolatum or beeswax in the ingredients to speed healing.
Apply a lip balm containing sunscreen when you go outdoors, according to the Mayo Clinic website. (See Reference 1) Protect your lips from harsh cold weather by wrapping a scarf around your lip area.
If the condition does not get better within a few days of treatment, go to a doctor as it may indicate an underlying medical condition.