From dryness and flaking to cracking and peeling, chapped lips are common and uncomfortable.

Lips are prone to chapping for two reasons. First, the delicate skin on your lips is much thinner than the skin on other parts of the body, making it that much more vulnerable to the elements. Second, your lips do not have oil glands and therefore, cannot create their own moisture.

Luckily, we offer six effective ways to treat chapped lips:

#1 Stay Hydrated – Your lips are one of the first places on your body to show dryness when you’re dehydrated. Safeguard against dry lips by upping your daily water intake and adding plenty of water-dense fruits and vegetables to your diet.

#2 Seek Natural Remedies –Mother Nature produces several lip-healing options, including hydrating honey and soothing botanical oils. A natural humectant, honey attracts moisture to your lips. Apply directly to your lips for a sweet solution or choose balms that list honey among the ingredients. Some of the best natural lip remedies are made from vitamin-rich, organic olive, rose hip, castor seed, and jojoba oils.

#3 Use Lip Balm – Lip balms act as a buffer between your delicate lips and harsh elements. To maintain optimal moisture, apply lip balm throughout the day especially when you are feeling particularly dehydrated or spending a lot of time in punishing winds or dry indoor heat. It’s a good idea to keep extra tubes stashed in your bag, by your bed, and at your desk. Stay away from ingredients such as phenol, menthol, and camphor that provide some immediate relief, but that in the long run may cause further drying irritation.  Instead, choose lips balms with natural, hydrating ingredients.

#4 Protect with SPF – It is always essential to protect your lips from sun exposure, even in the winter and on cloudy days. Use a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher before going outdoors.

#5 Exfoliate – Chapped lips are often covered in a layer of dry, dead skin that prevents healing ingredients in balms or oils from absorbing into the skin. A gentle scrub can help exfoliate your lips to remove this layer and encourage deeper and more effective hydration. Try making a natural lip scrub at home brown sugar, organic honey, and coconut oil.

#6 Try a Lip Mask – Lip masks are another excellent remedy for chapped lips. For best results, gently exfoliate first to make sure your lips receive all the benefits of the serum within the mask. Lip masks not only give your lips a boost of hydration, but they also treat the skin just around your lips to address the common concerns such as fine lines. The highest in luxury and quality, a hydrating lip mask by KNESKO deliver additional plumping and rejuvenating benefits. Incorporating GEMCLINICAL® technology, all KNEKSO lip masks are infused with precious gemstones and minerals and charged with Reiki.