Saturday July 26 2014

Honey for chapped lips

By Rachel Kanyoro

Do you often have dry lips that tend to chap? I know that feeling. Many people often have this issue and trust me, it is not a good look to have. My friend once gave me a quick remedy to solve this problem and that was using honey on my lips.

Chapped lips can be caused by a number of factors, including hot or cold weather, breathing with your mouth open due to illness or out of habit, dehydration or even allergic reactions to certain kind of cosmetics. My issue was mainly licking my lips all the time.

Although dry lips are common, using honey is a traditional and natural way of treating and healing cracked lips. Honey moisturises and heals, making it the ideal treatment for parched lips. It also is an antibacterial and can prevent infection from developing from chapped lips.

My friend gave me two options. One involved applying honey on my chapped lips several times a day. The other was making a honey and petroleum jelly remedy which I could use before I went to bed. I opted for the second one for fear of being chased around by bees during the day.

She told me to dampen my lips with lukewarm water and apply a thin layer of honey. I was supposed to let it dry for a few seconds then add a little petroleum jelly and wait for about 10-15 minutes. After that I remove the honey and petroleum jelly using a clean cloth that has been dipped in clean warm water or a cotton swab. I tried it for about a week, and gone were my chapped bad looking lips.

I loved this remedy because honey is easily accessible so there is no reason why you should have those painful and unattractive lips. Always remember to apply lip balm which I now do religiously, when you have healed to keep those lips moisturised and looking nice.