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Most people get chapped lips every once in a while. During the cold season or harmattan, like its popularly called, the skin, and specifically the lips, lose moisture.

The surface of our lips can literally break, leading to chapped and even cracked lips. Regardless of this discomforting period, it is important to take good care of our skin, because badly cracked lips can lead to potential infection.

There are several home remedies you can try to both prevent dry lips and to treat them.

Stay hydrated

Drink an appropriate amount of water and healthy fluids. The amount an individual needs vary, so monitor the colour of your urine. When it's light in colour - pale straw colour - you'll know your body is hydrated.

Avoid licking your lips. Your saliva dries pretty quickly and this will result in your lips being drier than before you tried to moisten them.

Moisturize.

There are many choices for lip moisturizers. Most people respond better to natural moisturizers that do not contain synthetic fragrances or chemicals. The flavoured lip balms can be loaded with preservatives, petrochemicals, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, and synthetic colours which can leave lips more irritated so it is best to go natural.

However, you can even make your own by using coconut oil, shea butter, and almond oil, combined with a drop of my favourite therapeutic grade essential oil.

Consume more healthy oils. Whether you choose dietary oils from fish such as cold-water fish, salmon, or plant-based sources such as seeds, flax, or chia, an increase in healthy oils improves skin moisture.

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