Chapped lips are caused from a lack of moisture. Chapped lips can be very painful. They can peel, crack and bleed. Many people who suffer from chapped lips have a habit of licking their lips frequently. Licking your chapped lips actually makes the problem worse. When you wet your lips and the moisture evaporates it actually pulls more moisture out of your lips, not just the moisture on the surface of your lips. Cold weather makes chapped lips worse too, which is why chapped lips seem to be more common in the winter.

Things You Will Need

petroleum jelly, bees wax based lip balm, water

Step 1

Use petroleum jelly. Wet you lips with water before applying petroleum jelly.

Step 2

Use lip balm. Stay away from the flavored type of lip balms. The flavoring used can actually make chapped lips worse. The best of lip balms are made from bees wax.

Step 3

Protect your lips from sun exposure. Use a high SPF sunscreen made especially for lips.

Step 4

Do not lick your lips.

Step 5

Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Dehydration is one of the main causes of chapped lips. Pay attention to how much water you drink. You may think you are getting enough, but most people don'™t. You need 8 eight ounce glasses of water per day. Add more water to your day when you exercise.

Proper care of your body and lips will aid in healing and preventing chapped lips in the future. Make sure you stay hydrated, use a bees wax based lip balm and don'™t lick your lips.

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