Our lips need a skincare routine of their own. This is because they tend to crack, bleed, and darken easily. And, if you’re used to biting or licking them, these conditions will only get worse. But, does that mean you need to invest in expensive commercial products? Turns out, all you need to do is look in your kitchen pantry. Before we move on to the ways by which you can utilize a bottle of honey, it’s important to know why it is good for your lips.
Benefits Of Honey
Apart from a host of vitamins and minerals, honey is rich in antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is hence used to treat burns, surgical inflammatory wounds, infections, and wounds that don’t respond to conventional treatment.1
Topical use of honey combats ageing, dryness, and pathogen infections. It is a humectant, and hence seals moisture in the skin to prevent dryness. Furthermore, it heals bleeding, swelling, and infections that could occur due to cracked lips. Honey also regulates skin’s PH levels and softens skin tissue.2 While you could opt for products containing honey, you could also whip up some remedies at home.
Ways To Use Honey For Lips
1. Apply Directly
The best and the most cost-effective way of treating chapped, cracked, or dry lips is to apply raw honey on your lips as is. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off. The frequency of application depends entirely on you. However, if you haven’t applied honey to your skin before, do a patch test to check for any allergic reactions like hives and inflammation.3
2. With Shea Butter
Shea butter has anti-inflammatory and anti tumor properties. It also moisturizes and softens lips. This makes it the perfect addition to a honey-based lip care routine.4 5 Add these two ingredients to sugar, and you’ve got a perfect lip scrub. Sugar scrubs are mild and help remove dead skin.6 Here’s how you can make your own
- Sugar (brown or white)
- Shea butter
- Add the three ingredients in a bowl in any ratio.
- For a thicker mix, add more shea butter.
- For more exfoliation, add sugar.
Store this mix in a container and use it 3 times a week. Your scrub might look runny initially, but will thicken up later. Make sure to not dilute it too much, or else it won’t stick to your skin.
3. With Lemon
Lemon has been paired with honey for desserts, salad dressings, drinks, and alternative treatments. It is known for its natural bleaching properties and inhibits the production of pigments. It was also used by European women in the Renaissance period to make their lips red.7 8 Add honey to the mix, and you’ve got something to moisturize your lips as well. Here’s how you can use them both to lighten dark lips
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- Combine the two ingredients in a bowl.
Leave this paste on your lips overnight and wash it off in the morning. Alternatively, if you have sensitive skin make sure to do a patch test and leave the mixture on for an hour before washing it off.
4. In A Lip Balm
Take a break from commercial lip balms and make your own with all natural products. This is helpful if you don’t have the time to try home treatments regularly. It’s also a good option if you would like to have something on you at all times to moisturize and heal your lips. Here’s how you can make your own lip balm with honey
- 1 oz Shea Butter
- 1 oz Beeswax
- 1 oz Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Honey
- 20 drops Lemon Balm Essential Oil
- Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
- Place a smaller pot inside the first one to create a double boiler.
- Turn the heat down to medium and melt shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax in the smaller pot.
- Turn off the heat and add honey and lemon balm.
- Transfer the mixture to a container to cool.
Apart from using honey to heal your lips, it’s important to avoid anything that causes damage to them in the first place. Make sure to stay hydrated, avoid excessive sun exposure, and keep the air in your home humid.12These precautions along with the recipes above will help you get soft and supple lips.
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|↑2||Burlando, Bruno, and Laura Cornara. “Honey in dermatology and skin care: a review.” Journal of cosmetic dermatology 12, no. 4 (2013): 306-313.|
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|↑5||Dry Lips & Angular Cheilitis. Virginia Commonwealth University.|
|↑6||Homemade sugar scrubs for skin care. Michigan State University.|
|↑7||Lemon. Victoria State Government.|
|↑8||Ando, Hideya, Hirofumi Kondoh, Masamitsu Ichihashi, and Vincent J. Hearing. “Approaches to identify inhibitors of melanin biosynthesis via the quality control of tyrosinase.” Journal of Investigative Dermatology 127, no. 4 (2007): 751-761.|
|↑9||Schnitzler, P., A. Schuhmacher, A. Astani, and Jürgen Reichling. “Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpesviruses.” Phytomedicine 15, no. 9 (2008): 734-740.|
|↑11||Coconut Oil. US National Library Of Medicine.|
|↑12||Chapped lips. US National Library Of Medicine.|