Baby it’s cold outside… Winter is a wonderful time of year, but the chapped lips that come with it are not so great. While lip balms may provide temporarily relief, it’s better to get to the root of the problem: Your lips are thirsty!

First off, you should always be consuming an average of two to three liters of water each day. Dehydration can cause excessive lip dryness. And no one needs a case of granny lips. This may come as a surprise, but it’s particularly important to increase your water intake during the winter. Wintertime conditions are actually tougher on your skin than summer. Who knew?

In addition to consuming enough water, one of the best ways to directly hydrate your pout is by pressing cold, sliced up cucumber onto your lips for a few minutes. According to Whole Living Daily and Home Remedies, cucumber has many healing properties that help heal, relieve dryness and reduce irritation.

Next time your lips are cracked or chapped, look to your veggie drawer!

Have an alternative kitchen remedy? Share your suggestions in the comments below. I’ll feature my favorite tips in a follow up post.

XO Lauren

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Sources: Home Remedies, Whole Living Daily