Summer Remedies For Chapped Lips

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Having chapped lips in the winters is common. In fact, dry lips are usually associated with the cold season. However, it is not uncommon to have chapped lips in summer as well. It is April and we are progressing towards the peak of the Indian summers. As the mercury soars, many people will be left with painful chapped lips in summer.

There are reasons to have chapped lips in summer. First of all, it is a sign of dehydration. Secondly, we are less prone to use petroleum jelly and creams in summer because we sweat a lot. Hot and arid weather can dry your lips just as chilling cold weather can. However, the remedies for chapped lips in summer are very different from those that you can try in winter.

Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the best remedies for chapped lips in the hot weather. You cannot patch up your lips with excess of oils or creams but some coolants like watermelon can help. You also need to get your summer diet right to avoid chapped lips. Foods that cause dehydration should be avoided and foods with high water content must be included in your diet.

Here are some easy remedies to heal chapped lips in summer.


Drink Water

In the summers, dry lips are usually a sign of dehydration. Drink at least 4 litres of water everyday. If you spend a lot of time outdoors you need to increase your consumption of water appropriately.


Don't Lick Your Lips

When your lips are dry, you tend to lick them again and again. This is a habit that leads to chapped and often bleeding lips. When your lips are dry, don't lick them.


Apply Olive Oil At Night

When you apply oil on your lips in the day time, the heat will make you sweat it out. Apply olive oil on your lips at night before you go to bed so that they can heal as you sleep.


Having Cooling Fruit Juices

Often body heat accumulates in the body and makes your skin dry. Having cooling fruit juices helps to dissipate the body heat and keep your lips supple.


Apply Sunscreen On Your Lips

A sunburn can also make your lips chapped and dry. The skin on your lips is 15 times thinner than the skin on your body so it needs potent sun protection. Apply sunscreen on your lips before you go out into the sun.


Don't Sit In AC All Day

When it is burning hot outside, we prefer to sit indoors in an air conditioned cocoon. However, sitting in the dry and chilled air of the AC all day can make the skin on your lips dry. Try to get some natural air to keep your lips moist.


Take Bath Regularly

It is very important that you bathe at least once everyday in the summer. Going without a bath increases body heat and also dries the skin.


Windy Day

Apart from the heat and the dust, wind plays a key role in making your lips chapped. So if you are travelling on a two-wheeler, cover your face partially with a scarf.


Apply Ice On Your Lips

Sometimes the heat rises to such an extent that your chapped lips start bleeding. You can apply ice on your lips to stem the blood flow and also hydrate your lips.


Don't Use Makeup

When your lips are dry and chapped avoid using lip stick or lip gloss. The artificial cosmetics cause further dryness. Try to use natural lip balms like honey and olive oil instead.

Read more about: lips, body care, beauty
Story first published: Monday, April 22, 2013, 13:13 [IST]
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