THE FOUR CRUCIAL ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE CHAPPED LIPS TREATMENT
Cracked lips aren’t likely to be repaired in a single day but, with a bit of discipline, patience and persistence, you can replenish the health of your lips.
1. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS
Keep up your water intake. Your lips are one of the first places to show dryness when you are dehydrated.
Loading up on water-dense veggies will help boost your hydration levels as well.
2. COVER YOUR LIPS WITH AN EMOLLIENT (MOISTURE LOCKING) LIP BALM
Look for a gentle lip balm that contains natural moisturising ingredients like:
Applying a lip butter will also provide your chapped lips with much needed relief
Enriched with shea butter, almond oil and Hydra IQ, NIVEA’s Coconut Lip Butter provides instant hydration and long-lasting moisturisation.
3. APPLY OILS TO ULTRA-TENDER LIPS
Gently rub a small amount of soothing oil on your lips to provide great relief for cracked and chapped lips.
Oil helps to moisturise your lips and protects them from further damage. Choose natural nut oils and seed butters, including:
4. CONSIDER A HUMIDIFIER
Consider buying a humidifier if you work or live in a building with excessively dry air.
Humidifiers help to moisten the air, and in turn, your damaged lips.
THE THREE FUNDAMENTALS OF A DRY LIPS CURE
Keep your lips healthy in three simple steps:
Gently rub your lips with a homemade mixture of olive or coconut oil and sugar and wipe clean with a face washer or a splash of warm water.
Exfoliating helps to remove the dead flaky, top layer of skin on your lips to reveal the fresh, young skin underneath.
2. Wear lip balm regularly
NIVEA’s Sun Protect Lip Balm effectively protects your lips against harmful UVA and UVB rays with SPF30 while keeping your lips hydrated with Hydra IQ
Moisturising lip balms help lock in hydration and protect your lips from drying out.
3. Apply a dry lips treatment overnight
Replenish your lips’ moisture while you sleep with NIVEA’s Repair and Protection Lip Balm. Formulated with Hydra IQ shea butter, bisabolol and wheat germ oil this dry lips treatment rehydrates your lips, leaving them healthy, soft and nourished.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DRY LIPS
Treating dry lips can also be done using a few common ingredients from home. For a quick natural fix, experiment with one of these three simple and natural dry lips remedies:
1. Coconut oil
Spread pure coconut oil over your lips for instant hydration.
Coconut oil helps to boost the overall health of your skin including the skin on your lips. It contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), making it easier for your skin to absorb.
Coconut oil also helps your body absorb more vitamin E, which works to prevent the production of cell-damaging free radicals.
2. Aloe vera
Apply the gel from a fresh aloe vera leaf to your lips to soothe sore or tender lips.
Aloe vera has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe your skin and relieve stinging sensations.
3. Rose water and honey
Mix honey and rose water and apply to your lips for about 15 minutes before washing off.
Honey and rose water help prevent cracking and provide deep moisturisation.
Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.