First, you need to understand that dry, chapped and peeling lips are completely normal and are commonly experienced by everyone. You see, the outer layer of the skin on your lips (also called as the epidermis) always peels after 28 days. This is to give way for a new skin replacement. In a nutshell, it is safe to say that you will be experiencing at least once a month of lip peeling. All occurrences within the 28-day period are caused by other factors such as dehydration, friction, constant sun exposure and a lot of other weather issues. This is a temporary medical concern that can be easily treated and is known to be healed in a couple of days. However, there are some exceptions that need to be addressed with constant medication. Such problems include Peeling Skin Syndrome, a genetic skin disorder that needs doctor’s consultation. Although the peeling of the lips is rarely considered as fatal, even hazardous, it would not hurt if you immediately visit your physician if these symptoms persist. In the meantime, you might as well learn the proper way to treat it yourself before it gets worse. Read on to learn more.
- Prepare all needed materials. Get all the things that you need. These are:
- Lip balm (not lip gloss)
- Petroleum jelly
- A soft bristled toothbrush
- Clean soft tissue
- A generous amount of lubricant. Start by applying a big dollop of petroleum jelly on your chapped lips. Gently massage it for a couple of minutes. It will feel a bit gooey but do not worry. You will be removing it in a bit.
- Brush it all off. Gently brush your lips with a soft bristled brush. Start with the upper lip then go down to your lower lip. This will effectively remove all the chapped skin. Wipe it all off with a clean tissue.
- Apply lip balm. Put three coatings of lip balm. Make sure that you use this every single day. This will keep the moisture in. Never lick your lips with your tongue. Saliva can cause more drying so use lip balm instead.
- Drink lots of water. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a lot of water at all times. This will keep your skin glowing and can effectively prevent chapped lips.
- Sleep it off with petroleum jelly. Every night before you go to bed, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly on your lips. Do not wipe it. Just let it soak through while you are sleeping. This will prevent any kind of drying in the future.
It is very important that you avoid the habit of pulling all the dry skin out from your lips. Do not even think of biting to remove it! This can be difficult to resist but it can cause wounds and bleeding if you do not prevent yourself from doing it. Be very patient and you might not get instant results. Just make sure that you drink lots of water and that you consistently keep your lips moisturized to achieve faster and maximum results. Even if your lips were totally cured, it would be best if you always wear lip balm especially when you are going out on a hot and sunny day. This will help nourish your skin and can protect your lips from the harmful rays of the sun. Just follow these very important steps and you will soon have luscious, beautiful lips! Good luck!