Causes of Dehydrated Lips
- Cracked, chapped, raw, painful lips are signs of dehydrated lips. Nine chances out of ten, if the lips are so deficient in moisture, so is the rest of your body.
- Prolonged exposure to windy, hot, humid, cold, or frigid temperatures can cause dry and dehydrated lips too.
- Vitamin deficiencies can cause problems with the loss of moisture in lips.
- Certain medications like antihistamines can parch the lips and mucous membranes. Diuretics can dry the system out if taken over long periods and there is not enough replenishment.
Treatments to Get Hydrated Lips
- The best advice on how to get hydrated lips is to start with the basics. Hydrate the body by consuming at least 4 quarts of water per day.
- This is a higher amount than would be recommended for an average person, but the state of your body demands it if your lips are in such dire shape.
- Using a good natural moisturizer like olive oil or safflower will really increase the lips moisture levels. You need not invest in high priced creams and potions to get relief.
- Natural oils make the best treatments of dehydrated lips.
- Add a protective and healing lip balm, such as aloe, before heading outdoors in extreme weather conditions.
- Avoid salt which tends to dry skin out. Do not indulge in spicy or hot sauces. They may literally burn the already damaged fragile skin of the lips.
- Eat foods that are high in water content like watermelon, cucumbers, and lettuce. These types of foods will also provide essential vitamins that assist in healing damaged skin.
- Include skin vitamins in your meals daily, like vitamin A, C, and E.
Also see Exfoliative Cheilitis