Causes and cure for dark chapped lips

Lips tend to naturally darken along with the rest of skin as a consequence of sunlight exposure as well as age, and exposure to the environment. Our lips do not really get the same treatment as the rest of our skin and as a result, problems like chapped lips and darkened lips are only too common. While lemon juice has been known for its use in skin lightening, it would be a bad idea to apply lemon juice on any portion of your skin which is dry and easily broken. Another factor which could be responsible for lips in that condition could be the problem of dehydration. This is all the more common when the air gets drier and colder, such as when winter comes around. The following home treatments should help your lips look better and get more moisture.

A primary step to tackle this problem would be by eliminating dehydration as a cause. The simplest way to do this would be to sip water through the day and keep track of the amount of water consumed. Understandably, you might not want to drink a lot of water while still at your workplace, but you can increase your water intake in general and drink more of it while at home. It might feel better to wet your lips by using your tongue, but this could be the very factor contributing to the state of your lips. If you are experiencing cracks in the corner of your mouth, then there is a possibility that you are experiencing vitamin deficiency, particularly vitamin B. It helps to change your dietary habits such that you consume more nutritious foods. Vegetables and fruits should be your best bet when looking to make such nutritional changes. One of the simplest ways of dealing with those unsightly chapped lips would be to get a hold of a small tube of petroleum jelly. Products which contain this wonderful ingredient usually show results rather quickly. You could even apply this before you go to sleep, after you are done brushing your teeth. It helps to reapply this in the mornings, along with sunscreen, and touch up during the day. Once your lips start getting better, it might be a good idea to treat them to a little exfoliation from time to time. This usually involves an old toothbrush to give them a very gentle massage to get rid of dead skin. These tips should help your lips feel better in a little while.

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