Worrying about your dry, cracked lips this winter? Read on for six homemade remedies to heal your chapped lips in no time, using natural ingredients like cranberry and mint.
How to Get Rid of Rough Lips
Get rid of dead skin on your lips with an all-natural exfoliating rub made from ingredients in your own kitchen. Mix a drop of sesame or olive oil with brown sugar, then rub the delicious mixture gently over lips to remove flaky skin. Finish by applying petroleum jelly.
DIY Cranberry Lip Balm
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together one tablespoon of avocado oil or sweet olive oil, 10 fresh cranberries, one teaspoon of honey, and one drop of vitamin E oil (from a capsule). Microwave on high until the mixture begins to boil. Remove carefully as the bowl may be hot. Mash the berries with a fork and stir well to combine. After the mixture has cooled for 10 minutes, strain it into a small portable tin, making sure to remove all of the fruit pieces. Cool completely, and smile because you’ve made your own great-smelling lip balm!
DIY Mint Lip Balm
Here’s a minty scrub that tackles the problem at the source—and smells fantastic. In a small bowl, stir together one tablespoon of brown sugar and one tablespoon of regular sugar, and start drizzling in the sweet almond or vitamin E oil until the mixture is a little runny. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil and stir well. To use, take a small amount and rub gently on your lips for 30 seconds. Rinse and apply lip balm as usual. Store the excess in a jar in the refrigerator for whenever you need a little extra pampering.
How to Make a Vitamin E Lip Treatment
Cut out the “middle man” of expensive lip balms that contain vitamin E and go straight to the source! Buy some vitamin E capsules at a health-food or vitamin store and use them directly on your lips. Just squeeze out the contents of the capsule and apply to lips, or make this simple lip scrub that’s both exfoliating and moisturizing—ideal for sensitive skin. Mix the contents of a vitamin E capsule with enough sugar to make a paste. Rub onto your lips for 30 seconds, then wait three minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Lemon Juice Lip Scrub
Mix together two teaspoons baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Gently scrub the mixture over your lips with a dry toothbrush for a minute or two, then rinse, and apply some petroleum jelly or favorite lip balm.
DIY Exfoliation Brush
Buy a child’s toothbrush with a really soft head, dip it in petroleum jelly, and scrub the heck out of your lips. It will get rid of rough patches while moisturizing the rest.