Perform a patch test on a small area of the skin to ensure you aren’t allergic to honey before using it as a regular remedy.
Avoid using honey if you are allergic to pollen or celery. It may cause an unexpected allergic reaction on the skin.
Honey shouldn’t be given to infants. In rare cases, honey can be a carrier of botulism infection in young kids.
Always opt for pure organic honey instead of processed honey.
Exfoliate chapped lips regularly to get rid of dry and damaged cells. You can use warm water and a toothbrush or ingredients like sugar and petroleum jelly to slough off the dead cells.
Quit the habit of licking your lips excessively. Saliva tends to increase the dryness of already chapped lips.
Do not peel off the skin or bite it off from cracked lips. This can lead to bleeding, infection and takes longer to heal.
Remember not to use any type of soap or cleanser on the lips immediately after washing off an application.
Apply a sunscreen-based moisturizer (SPF 15) or lip balm before stepping out into the sun. Excessive exposure to sunlight can cause chapped lips to become scaly and drier in texture.
In your regular diet, include foods rich in proteins, Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet – fish, walnuts, poultry, beans, carrots, tomatoes, peanut butter, leafy green vegetables, mangoes, papayas and citrus fruits.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Because dehydration is one major contributor for chapped lips.
Use humidifiers in your room especially during cold and dry weather to relieve the painful symptoms of dry lips.
If the lips remain excessively dry or bleed from cracks even after using any of these natural remedies, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist at the earliest.