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5 Everyday Things That Treat Chapped Lips

Discover ways to treat chapped lips using everyday household items like petroleum jelly, olive oil and more.

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Cold weather means dry skin, but with everyday household items like petroleum jelly, olive oil and vitamin e, you can ensure chapped lips aren’t something have to worry about. Here are five everyday items that can help treat and prevent chapped lips:


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1. Olive Oil

When you’re alone in the house, olive oil or Crisco will help to soften and moisturize chapped lips quite nicely. In fact, any vegetable shortening will do.

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2. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is a tried-and-true chapped-lips remedy. For the healing power of petroleum jelly with more staying power, try Aquaphor, a heavy cream available in the drugstore’s skin-care section. It tends to stay on longer than petroleum jelly. Like Bag Balm, it contains lanolin.

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3. Vitamin E

If you have Vitamin E capsules on hand, puncture one and apply the oil to your lips.

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4. A Humidifier

When indoor air is very dry, prevent chapped by running a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep.

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5. Bag Balm

Dairy farmers use Bag Balm to keep their cows’ udders soft and comfortable. Humans have found that this product, formulated with lanolin and petrolatum, (the stuff in petroleum jelly) soothes a chapped kisser. You can find it in drugstores or order it on the Internet.

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