Honey acts as a natural humectant and emollient by drawing moisture from the air into dry lips and helps retain it within to prevent further dryness.
It is a rich source of Vitamins B1 and B6 which are essential for proper nourishment of the skin, including lips. These also stimulate new skin cells formation, resulting in softer and more moisturized lips.
The Vitamin B complex in honey has an anti-inflammatory effect on chapped lips. It reduces the swelling caused by peeling or infections.
It also contains Vitamin B2 and zinc which nourish the skin and protect the lips from the damaging effect of free radicals.
It is a natural anti-bacterial and antiseptic which prevents chapped and cracked lips from getting infected by harmful bacteria.
The Vitamin C in honey provides relief to topical symptoms of chapped lips like peeling, painful sores and bleeding.
Honey also acts as a mild natural exfoliant to remove dead and damaged skin cells from the surface of dry lips. It unclogs pores and results in fresh, smoother skin cells which make dry lips appear softer.