Dried and cracked lips not only look unattractive but are also very irritating and painful at times for the people affected with them. Dried lips are mostly associated with extreme winter season but you can have dried and chapped lips anytime having backed by different causes.
Dried or cracked lips can be caused because of an allergic reaction, dehydration, dry air, sunlight, vitamin deficiency, snoring and lip biting. Pharmaceutical medicines also come with side effects of dried lips further lip licking is also associated with dried and cracked lips as your saliva does wet temporarily but once it is dried, it leaves you with more cracked up lips.
Using chap sticks are the most known method to fight with dried and cracked lips but still its more like prevention than finding a solution for it. Home remedies and natural ways to cure the cracking and dryness of lips are always very effective.
A very effective home remedy of dried lips consists of one teaspoon of milk, a teaspoon of rose and one or two drops of honey. Apply the mixture of these contents every day on your lips and you are guaranteed to get results in few weeks.
Application of cucumber juice on your lips and then applying a lip balm afterwards also act as a very soothing agent for healing cracked and dried lips.
Another very effective home remedy for cracked and dried lips is to apply different layers one after another. The first layer of honey should be applied on to lips after that apply a thin layer of Vaseline. Rinse the layers with a cotton bud dipped well in lukewarm water. This natural treatment is sure to cure dried and cracked lips.
Coconut oil is also very effective in treating cracking of lips. Daily application of coconut oil is very effective in treatment of chapped lips.
Food items like figs, oranges, lemon also helps in reducing cracks. You need to concentrate on food items containing citric acid and vitamin A, because lips cracking are also caused due to deficiency of these both elements in your body.
You can also treat dried lips by making a paste consisting of one teaspoon of castor oil, glycerin and lemon juice. Apply the mixture daily on to your lips and remember to keep the paste in refrigerator to achieve its full effect.
Extract of Margosa leaf is also regarded as very effectual remedy along with high fluid intake.
As deficiency of vitamin A is very common in dried lips, it is recommended to consume vitamin A rich diets like carrots, leafy vegetables and tomatoes. You can also make your own high intensity vitamin A juice consisting of a tablespoon of nutritional yeast, water crest, spinach and carrot juice, two table spoons of wheat germ oil and one glass of tomato juice. It's a highly rich vitamin A juice which can cover the deficiency of respective element from your body.
Further food items like whole grains, legumes and nutritional yeast are also very rich in vitamin A and their daily consumption along with regular exercise also helps in dealing with dried, cracked and chapped lips.