Avoid Chapped Lips and Dry Skin With These 13 Natural Remedies Slideshow

Don’t let winter take your smooth skin away
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Almond Oil

Almond Oil

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Almond oil is a hypoallergenic moisturizer that is gentle enough to be used on baby skin. It contains vitamins A and E, which prevent damage and inflammation from free radicals. To enhance absorption, warm up the oil before applying. 

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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The pulp of the aloe vera plant is a classic remedy for sun burns, but it can also be used to rejuvenate dry skin and chapped lips. Aloe vera has antiseptic and antifungal properties that soothe irritated or flaky skin. 

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial and antiseptic; the malic acid and natural amino acids help to balance pH levels and calm skin. A mixture of one part vinegar and four parts water makes an excellent toner. You can even apply the vinegar directly on specific areas to reduce acne, redness, and irritations.

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Avocado

This wonder fruit benefits your skin from the inside out. Turning that avocado into guacamole or a smoothie provides the body with vitamin C and E, which both have strong antioxidant properties that will help produce elastin and collagen. Avocado can also be applied directly to the skin as a way to prevent wrinkles or signs of aging.

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Buttermilk

Buttermilk

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A small amount of buttermilk is a necessity when making the perfect fried chicken, but what are you supposed to do with the leftover carton? Here’s a solution: Pour a cup or two into your next warm bath. Buttermilk’s high lactic acid content makes it an ideal natural exfoliate and also an effective face wash.  

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Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

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The saturated fats in coconut oil have powerful disinfectant and antimicrobial properties to help the skin retain moisture. Applying a warm layer of coconut oil to your skin before bed will guarantee you will wake up in the morning with soft and smooth skin.

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Cucumber Slices

Cucumber Slices

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Cucumber eye patches are an iconic image of the spa life, but because of their 94-percent water content, leaving a few thin slices of cucumber on chapped lips will help moisturize and rehydrate them.

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Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

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When applied to skin, rather than your breakfast parfait, yogurt acts as a natural exfoliate that removes dry skin cells and leaves your body feeling refreshed. Apply yogurt to your face using a cotton ball, and allow the mask to set for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. It will make your skin feel silky and smooth, and may also help reduce redness.   

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Mustard Oil

Mustard Oil

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Mustard is an astringent condiment made from crushed mustard seeds, water, vinegar, and lemon, and can be quite pungent, but the oil pressed from the mustard seed alone is soothing. This fix straddles the line between homeopathic cure and Indian folk remedy, but applying a small amount of mustard oil to the inside of the navel is an old Indian remedy for preventing chapped lips. Mustard oil can also be used to lighten the skin, remove tan and dark sports, and stimulate sweat glands. Before you start rubbing it all over your body, apply a small amount to your skin to make sure you aren’t allergic.

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Olive Oil

A drizzle of good olive oil elevates the flavor of fish, roasted vegetables, or a hunk of crusty bread, but this polyunsaturated fat, which contains antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, also soothes and conditions dry skin. A half-hour before taking a shower, apply some olive oil to your body and massage in lightly; after rinsing off, finish with a light moisturizer.

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Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

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Sesame oil is not just for stir-fry. The aromatic oil is nutritionally dense (it contains vitamins E, B complex, and D, and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus), and it is especially effective at moisturizing skin because of its high linoleic acid content. Its viscous and somewhat sticky nature allows it to be easily absorbed by the skin, helping to improve blood circulation and repair damaged skin cells. 

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Unsalted Butter

Butter is a natural accompaniment to bagels, toast, and pancakes, but you’d be surprised to know that this churned cream is also a potent moisturizer. Apply some unsalted butter to your lips twice a day to keep them luscious and hydrated.

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Water

Drinking water is energizing and satiating, but H2O also helps preserve your skin. Some home remedies call for drinking eight to 10 glasses of water per day in order to help the body and skin retain moisture, but just adding a few extra glasses to your daily routine will most likely do the trick.  

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