I am one of those people that has constantly dry chapped lips. It doesn’t help that I live in a dry environment but nothing I do seems to help. I’ve tried over the counter products but none seem to work and I have to constantly reapply multiple times throughout the day.
My lips were in a terrible condition this winter with constant peeling and cracking. They were so bad that if I smiled my lips would bleed.
So I made it my goal to find a natural treatment that would actually work. I did a bit of research online and I found 3 different remedies that sounded like they may be worth a try:
1. extra virgin coconut oil
2. sea buckthorn oil
3. vitamin E and honey
I made it my plan to test each one for a period of 3 weeks each. I wanted something that I only had to apply at night just before I went to bed and not have to reapply constantly during the day.
Test 1: Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
I started with extra virgin coconut oil. I love coconut oil. It’s amazing stuff and has a multitude of uses so I was hopeful this would work. I had used coconut oil on my face before and sporadically on my lips but not for a full 3 weeks.
I had read that coconut oil absorbs rapidly so to ensure I got a good dose, before I got into bed at night I would apply a layer of the coconut oil on my face and lips and massage it in. I figured I may as well moisturize the whole face at the same time. Then about 15 minutes later I would apply another layer and then another 15 minutes later I would do the same thing. I might even add another layer if I felt my skin or lips needed it.
What I found after the 3 weeks was that the coconut was wonderful for my skin but it didn’t really help the lips. They were still dry and chapped throughout the day.
Test 2: Sea Buckthorn Oil
So my next test was the sea buckthorn oil. I had some in the house as a friend had recommend it. I had found it amazing on my skin but had never thought to put it on my lips. I didn’t need to apply it multiple times like the coconut oil. Just one drop was enough for my lips and I would also apply it to my face just before I went to bed at night.
After about 3 days I started to notice that my lips were healing. It wasn’t anything dramatic but they were feeling a lot better. I wasn’t applying the oil during the day at all or any other type of lip balm. I was just relying on the sea buckthorn oil that I applied each night.
By the end of the first week, my lips were feeling amazing and were pretty much healed and I was no longer picking off bits of flaky skin. This was amazing as my lips had been in a terrible state for months.
I am still in the second week and although my lips still aren’t perfect, they are still nothing like they used to be. And considering I only apply it at night and use nothing during the day I am really happy.
The brand I use is Sibu which is the one recommended by Dr Oz. You only get a small amount but it goes a long way. You only need a few drops to do your whole face.
Test 3: Vitamin E and Honey
As I write this, I doubt I will get to even try this remedy. The sea buckthorn is working so well that I can’t really test this anyway as my lips aren’t really bad enough.
However, if you want to try this then all you need to do is get some honey (Manuka is probably the best) and smear it on your lips. Then break open a vitamin E capsule and spread the contents over the top of the honey and massage in.
You might even want to mix the two ingredients together before applying to make it easier. Let me know if you try it and if it works for you.