Avoid Chapped Lips and Dry Skin With These 13 Natural Remedies
Freshly showered and dressed, you emerge out of your house or apartment only to be greeted by a blast of frigid winter air. Your still-damp hair is slowly growing icicles; your lips are now dry, cracked, and bleeding; and your skin is starting to feel like a lizard’s. But don’t let bitter temperatures keep you indoors all winter long; your skin and lips simply require some extra love and attention.
The American Academy of Dermatology offers a number of practical tips for relieving dry skin such as limiting your show or bath times to less than 10 minutes, applying moisturizer immediately after washing, wearing lip balm, and choosing non-irritating clothes and laundry detergent. Though these tips are practical, they are also vague. With millions of health, beauty, and cosmetic products on the market, how are you supposed to know which moisturizer, lip balm, or body wash to use? Traditional skin-care and beauty products also carry with them a reputation of using potentially toxic ingredients such as synthetic colors, fragrances, phthalates — a group of chemicals known to disrupt hormone production, sodium lauryl sulfate, and propylene glycol.
Fortunately, there are many natural ways to relieve dry skin and chapped lips, and many of them may already be in your refrigerator or pantry. So bring out the sesame oil, leftover buttermilk, and cucumber slices to help your body fight back against the winter chill.
Here are 13 natural remedies to avoid chapped lips and dry skin.