Do you know that feeling? Your lips feel dry, strained and rough. And you just have to keep licking them, even though you know this is gonna make it worse…

Chronically chapped lips are extremely uncomfortable and can be a real vicious circle. I should know. My lips are always the first part of me to suffer from dry air, heaters, cold or other uncomfortable surroundings.

And then everyone keeps telling you to just drink more water. But what if that just doesn’t cut it?

Luckily, there are a few very easy DIY beauty tips you can use at home to fight your chapped lips. Don’t worry: You probably have at least one of the ingredients at home already. And at least one of them will work for you.

While I tested a lot of different things, these homemade beauty tips for lips are my favorites – try them and combine them. And enjoy your soft and silky lips afterward!

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Tip for chronic chapped lips number 1: Lucky Lemon

Glass of water with lemon in it, Tips for chronic chapped lips number 1

Lemons are pure beauty wonders. They are antibacterial, exfoliating and can even have a brightening effect.

If you are into homemade beauty remedies you have probably used them for something by now, maybe for your hair, maybe for your nails… And yes, now it’s time to put some drops of that sunny sour juice on your lips!

What does lemon do for your lips?

Because of the fruit acid in it, lemon juice can be used as an exfoliant. It removes dead skin cells and will leave your lips super tender.

How do I use it?

Cut a lemon in half and gently sweep the pulp over your lips, preferably before going to bed so it can soak in overnight. Easy as that! Alternatively, squeeze the juice out and dab it on your lips.


Do not use this if your lips are already chapped up to the point where it’s bleeding!

First of all, it’s gonna burn when the acid gets into your wounds. Second of all your skin needs to heal, so you don’t want to peel off the newly built skin.

This tip works better for smoothening out “dry” chapped lips.

Tips for chronic chapped lips number 2: Oily Ointment

Oil step of the LOC method

Oil should be on everyone’s list of beauty ingredients! You can use it for DIY body scrubs or for your hair. And it is also one of the best things you can put on your chronic chapped lips!

My personal preference is olive oil because it is extremely moisturizing which your super dry lips will love! And because I always have it in my kitchen.

If you feel like playing, also try some other natural oils like coconut oil*, avocado oil*, macadamia oil*… Just test several and then stick with your favorite!

What does oil do for your lips?

Oil can help to moisturize your skin. Chronic chapped lips have a constant dryness problem. Olive oil also contains antioxidants like Vitamin E. This helps in repairing damaged skin, so your lips will be smoother and look overall healthier.

How do I use it?

Just massage a small amount of your oil of choice on your lips. Ideally, you do this when they are still a little damp from washing. It will give your lips a shiny look. So if you have a small container to carry it around, you could even do this regularly throughout the day until your lips feel better.

Talk about having a truly beneficial lip gloss!


If you have a tendency for oily skin, breakouts or acne be careful when applying the oil to make sure it goes on your lips only. Especially avoid dripping any on your chin.

Tips for chronic chapped lips number 3: Healing Honey

Sweet honey. Since I changed my diet to heal my hormonal acne, I don’t really eat it anymore. But I still always have honey around. Either for guests, for a hair rinse or (of course) for my lips. Especially in winter, it has saved my lips many many times!

Related: What you need to know about hair care in winter

Image of a pot of honey

What does honey do for your lips?

For centuries honey has been known to have healing properties. It accelerates the healing of wounds and its anti-inflammatory qualities reduce swellings and pain. When my lips feel super dry and tense, it really soothes the skin.

How do I use it?

Again apply a little amount of it on your lips. No need to massage it in, it will soak in by itself. Make sure to do it over a sink, because you will not want sticky spots all over the floor. Also do not put too much, it will start dripping off your lips…


This stuff is tasty! But licking it off your lips will make everything worse. The saliva evaporates and your lips get even drier. We don’t want that. So best apply it before going to bed. This way you will have to resist the temptation for a much shorter amount of time.

Tips for chronic chapped lips number 4: Beneficial Butter

Image of a pile of raw cocoa butter

Have you ever used cocoa butter* for beauty purposes? I sometimes mix it in my homemade conditioner. And believe me, there never was a time when I was so tempted to just start eating my hair. It smells soo chocolaty!

Even if you do not want to use it for any other reason than to smell it, every household needs some cocoa butter!

What does cocoa do for my dry lips?

Cocoa butter is really fat! Over 50% of its mass is just fatty acids. And this is exactly what your skin needs when it’s dry and cracked. That’s the whole mystery. (Also smelling chocolate will lift your mood.)

How do I use it?

As cocoa butter is a solid fat at room temperature, you will need to warm it up a little. Luckily, you don’t need very high temperatures. Actually, more than 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) could do more harm than good to our chocolaty lip treat.

So just hold a little piece of it in your closed hand until you feel it becoming softer. Then start applying it to your lips. It will leave a slightly shimmery look and your lips will feel sooo soft!


Do not eat it! I’m serious. I know it smells delicious. It’s really not that tasty though. (Yes, I tried, in the name of science, of course!) And it will be way more helpful if you just leave it on your mouth, not in it.

So those are my four favorite homemade beauty tips for chronic chapped lips. Enjoy trying them out and let me know how they worked for you!

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