Taking care of lips is a two-fold process - hydrating them and sealing the moisture in. Hydration of lips can be undertaken by using lip balms and skin moisturizers containing Vitamin E or aloe Vera. Avoid licking your lips to avoid dehydration of lips. Drink plenty of water in dry weather to keep the body and skin adequately hydrated. Lips do not produce oil like our skin, because they have no oil producing glands. The skin on our lips is actually mucous membrane, so for them to remain smooth and chap free is a bit of a challenge.
The most common cause of cracked lips are allergic reaction to cosmetics, skin infections, extreme weather conditions like excess sun and wind exposure, biting of the lips or a vitamin B deficiency. The tips listed below are to aid you in keeping your lips soft and smooth. Following these tips would also help prevent cracking and chapping of lips.
Avoid over exposure to sun and use a lip balm containing sun-block when going outside.
Keep yourself well hydrated by drinking lots of water.
Avoid frequent lip licking.
Protect the lips from weather by applying heavy plain cream.
Take vitamin B, C foods in diet.
Always apply a natural lip balm to protect your lips.