Friday, 21 April 2017

Remedies for chapped lips

Written by FixYourSkin
Cold temperatures and dry indoor air can lead to chapped lips and dry skin. If left untreated, these issues can get aggravated and lead to bigger problems. Fortunately, there are several effective home remedies to tackle these, that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. These will help soothe itching, cracking, eczema and relieve dry winter skin.

1. Olive Oil and Brown Sugar Scrub
Olive oil has excellent skincare benefits and acts as a cleanser, protectant, and moisturizer. It is rich in vitamin E, vitamin A and is an excellent source of antioxidants. This oil protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals which can damage collagen leading to skin dryness and signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines.

To make a great skin smoothing scrub, mix one tablespoon of olive oil with a cup of brown sugar. Rub this paste on dry areas gently and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cold water and pat dry. Use this scrub once a week for smooth, supple skin.

2. Oatmeal Bath
Oatmeal is well known for its soothing and nourishing skincare properties. It is an excellent dry skin
moisturizer and provides long lasting relief.

Take a handful of oatmeal in a mesh bag and place this in your bath water. Squeeze the bag to release as much of the goodness of oatmeal as possible. You can also add chamomile or lavender oil to this for added aromatherapy benefits
Another option is to grind the oatmeal finely in a food processor and add this directly to your bath water. You can add a cup of milk or a tablespoon of baking soda for additional nourishment.

3. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera gel is renowned for its skin healing and moisturizing benefits. It has anti-inflammatory and hygroscopic properties which give it the ability to absorb moisture from the atmosphere. Aloe Vera also helps soothe any skin redness or irritation.

Apply this gel on dry areas regularly to start seeing visible results. It can also be used on the lips to help heal chapping and dryness. It has a slightly unpleasant taste but is well worth it for its outstanding healing qualities.

Aloe Vera plants are easy to grow at home, and the gel can be used directly on the skin. Take a small portion of an Aloe Vera leaf and squeeze it to obtain the gel. Apply this on dry areas and leave it on till it dries. Wash it off and repeat this process once a week for best results.

4. Vanilla and Shea Butter Body Lotion
This is a completely natural body lotion that provides long-lasting hydration. It has a pleasant fragrance and regular use makes skin silky smooth. It contains Shea butter which has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It protects the skin from sunburns and soothes minor cuts and burns.

Coconut oil is another ingredient in this lotion that has powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Beeswax provides a barrier to protect skin from harsh environmental conditions and pollutants. The scent of vanilla reduces anxiety and stress.

To prepare this lotion, place half a cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 oz. of beeswax and 2 teaspoons of Shea butter in a saucepan. Heat the mixture gently and stir the ingredients together until they are well combined. Take this mixture off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Allow this mixture to cool before using and store it in an airtight container.

Additional tips on dealing with Dry skin and Chapped lips
Dehydration is the most common cause of dry skin and lips. It is important to drink plenty of water through the day to prevent this.

If the problem is caused by dry indoor air, you can use a humidifier to infuse some moisture into the air.

In harsh climatic conditions, ensure that your skin and lips are covered. You can use gloves and scarves to protect exposed areas. Use a good sunscreen and the best lip balm for dry lips before going outdoors.

Avoid skincare products with strong fragrances and dyes. These can irritate skin or aggravate dryness.
Your diet plays a major role in the health of your skin. Eating fresh fruits, vegetable and nuts can help you get essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals which are needed for healthy skin and hair.

It is important to treat your skin from the inside as well as on the outside for visible results. Drinking plenty of fluids and following a balanced diet are excellent ways to keep skin issues at bay. Apart from these, the home remedies mentioned above will go a long way in helping you get soft, moisturized skin. Make these a part of your regular skincare routine, and you will never have to deal with dry skin or chapped lips again.

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