Peeling lips is a common feature in the season of spring/summer. While in other parts of the body has 16 layers of skin, lips have 3-4 layers and thus are prone to cuts, bruises and seasonal changes. During the spring/summer season, the wind tends to dry the lips by making it devoid of moisture. It is worse for people who have dry lips naturally. It not only makes your lips look bad but also if ignored makes them black.
Causes of Peeling Lips
Those who have the habit of pulling out the dry and dead skin end up having an even uglier look. It may also result in bleeding. Though it generally occurs because of lack of moisture during the winter season, it may also occur due to other reasons.
.Nutritional deficiency such as vitamin B deficiency
.Overexposure to the sun
.Cold and dry weather
.Frequent licking of the lips. Saliva ‘œdigests’ the thin membrane in our lips causing it to dry and peel.
.Allergic reaction to cosmetics and makeup
Treatments and Home Remedies
In a great number of cases, peeling lips can not be healed easily and the skin loss happens in a repetitive manner. Home remedies have worked better to heal peeling lips than the usual medicine. Here are some home remedies of peeling lips:
. Take half of a lemon and put some sugar into it. Rub it gently in a circular motion on your lips. Do it for 10 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
. Take spoon of olive oil and mix it with cayenne pepper. Apply it on your lips and wash it off after some times.
. Water intake must be regular and sufficient because dehydration or the loss of moisture in the lips is the primary cause of peeling in the lips.
. Apply cocoa butter to your dry peeling lips several times a day.
. Never lick or bite your lips as they can contribute to dehydration, drying up, and cracking up of lips.
. Take a ripe papaya and mash it. Apply this on your dry lips and wash it off after 15 minutes.
. Apply a layer of honey on your lips while indoors to prevent peeling.
. A paste made with 1 teaspoon of gram flour, 1 teaspoon of milk cream and a pinch of turmeric powder is also beneficial in the treatment of chapped lips. Apply this mixture on your lips and allow it to dry completely. Once dry, gently rub it off.
. Rubbing the lips with a mixture of equal parts of glycerin and lemon juice is also beneficial in the treatment of dry peeling lips.
. Apply petroleum jelly thinly to your dry peeling lips several times a day. Exfoliate your lips by rubbing them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush or a soft washcloth.
. Mix sugar and honey. Scrub well for 3 minutes, then rinse an apply moisterizing chapstick. For best results, repeat once a week.
. Make lip balm by using 2 tsp of coconut oil, lemon juice, 3 drops of lemon oil and 1 tsp of bee wax. You should warm these ingredients till they melt and mix together. Store this home-made lip balm in a small bottle and apply it regularly on your lips to keep them moisturized.
. Mix 5 ml of lime juice with glycerin of the same amount and with some water. Apply this mixture to the lips. It should stay for some time. You can keep the mixture for future use. You can use it for three days at a time.
. Take some petals of rose and drench them in raw like for say one or two hours. Once done, make a paste of that mixture and then apply it on your lips.
. Cucumber slice when rubbed on the dry lips also helps to cure dry peeling lips.
. Apply vitamin E to your dry peeling lips several times a day to cure dry peeling lips.