5 Ways to Fight Chapped Lips

Tips & Hacks

It's that time of the year where lip balms are being pulled off the shelves at almost every store. But let's be real. Lip-licking people just like me don't have the best relationship with lip balms and chapstick, and we end up licking it off and gagging within 5 minutes of putting it on. Here are 5 other ways to keep your lips moisturized this winter. Comment other ideas and what your favorite was!


Cut a cucumber into a few thin slices, and place the slices on your lips for 5-10 minutes. All the water from the cucumber will help replenish and moisten your chapped lips! It also makes for a healthy snack. :)


It may seem crazy, but licking your lips makes them even drier! It may feel better licking them, but your saliva contains acids that contribute to chapped lips. Leave those lips alone and buy a few cucumbers and lip balm!

Drink More Water

Staying hydrated on the outside means staying hydrated on the inside as well. Drinking 8 ounces of water every day helps keep lips moist, and it's healthy too.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil not only moisturizes well, it gives your lips a nice shine just like lip gloss because of the oil in it. Melt a little bit of coconut oil and apply it to your lips a few times a day. It's a very good natural moisturizer.

Avoid Irritating Foods

Foods that irritate your lips could be causing them to dry out faster than normal. If you're looking to moisten your lips, steer clear of these foods:

1. Salty Snacks (chips, pretzels, lunch meats)

2. Spicy Foods

3. Citrus Fruits (oranges, lemons, grapefruits)

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Alice Li


Alice is currently a sophomore at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy who has a passion for sharing her ideas through writing and anything related to the elusive cosmos. When she isn't writing, others will find her jamming to Kpop, watching unhealthy amounts of anime, and coaching/playing volleyball.

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