Painful, irritating chapped lips are a common problem, especially during cold, dry weather. Baking soda, a product found in most kitchen cupboards, may help. Although it doesn't lubricate the lips, a baking soda scrub sloughs off dead, dry skin. Once the old skin is removed, your favorite lip cream or balm will be more effective.
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Baking Soda as an Exfoliant
To make a baking soda scrub, place a spoonful of baking soda in a cup and then mix in a few drops of water to form a paste. Wash your hands thoroughly. Then use your fingertip to massage the scrub into your lips using gentle, circular motions. Leave the baking soda scrub on your lips for a minute; then wipe it off with a soft, damp cloth. Apply lip balm, petroleum jelly or vitamin E oil to replenish lost moisture. Use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 every time you go outdoors.