Your lips naturally lose moisture and become chapped for numerous reasons. The changing seasons, an unhealthy diet, or the uncontrollable habit of licking your lips can dehydrate the skin. This leads to you scrambling to get your hands on lip balm to provide relief. Are you using a lip balm that nourishes your lips, though?
Before we continue, everyone needs to understand that water is an essential component of proper skin care. If you do not regularly consume water, the body is not sufficiently hydrated. This means that all the natural remedies and homemade lip balms won’t fix the problem. First and foremost, you need to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help get rid of chapped lips. The recommend amount of water to drink is half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you weigh 150 pounds and divide that by two to get 75, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day to stay sufficiently hydrated.
What Causes Chapped Lips?
Chapped lips result from a combination of environmental factors and personal habits. Cold weather, dry weather, sun damage, and wind exposure can chap your lips, but so can smoking, skin irritants, certain toothpastes, and certain medications.
Lip balms can help provide relief from chapped lips, but it’s important to nourish your lips with healthy ingredients. The lip balm recipe below contains ingredients that moisturize and nourish your lips. Say goodbye to those chapped lips and use this homemade lip balm.
DIY Lip Balm
- 1 tablespoon grated organic beeswax
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon raw organic honey
- Place a double boiler or saucepan filled halfway with water on the stove over medium heat. Allow the water to boil before placing the top piece of the double boiler on or placing a heat-safe bowl over the saucepan.
- Add the grated beeswax, coconut oil, and honey to the top of the double boiler/heat-safe bowl and let the ingredients melt (about 1 minute).
- Once the mixture is completely melted, mix it up and then remove from heat. Quickly pour this mixture into small tins and allow it to harden.
- Once the lip balm has hardened, feel free to use it. Store the lip balm in a cool, dry place to avoid melting.