So now that the winter months are setting in, my skin and lips have been super dry. I find myself hunting frantically all over my desk and my apartment just to slather on SOME sort of balm that will alleviate that dry crackling.
For a long time, I’ve just used whatever smelled like real strawberries or whichever one sparkled the most, but now that I’m older and wiser (well, definitely older anyway), I’ve been paying more attention to what is actually good for my skin. Sooo, I decided to do a little research on the best kinds of gloss for my lips.
Here’s what I found:
Use Emollient balm or ointment. These kinds of products are better than wax sticks because they continuously keep your lips moist and seal in hydration. The main idea here is to create a barrier or “band-aid” that keeps out germs and heals the cracks and splits. Look for ingredients like petrolatum castor seed oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, squalane, hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, and glycerin.
Use SPF: Your lips are the thinnest part of your skin; and when UV rays get too near, you can be assured of damage.
Use Often: At the first sign of cracking or chapping, get that moisture moving! Early prevention can also help prevent dryness, especially in the cooler winter months
Use before you go to bed: Most people sleep with their mouths open, and this can dry our your lips as well.
Drink Water. If your body is dehydrated, one of the first signs will be in peeling, chapped lips.
Lick your lips. Saliva contains acid for breaking down food, and rubbing this same acid across your lips is only asking for dryness and irritation. Also, as it dries, it dehydrates your lips even more, making them even drier than they were in the first place.
Peel, scrub, or bite. It can make them even more irritated and painful, when all they really need to do is heal. Such irritation can also trigger cold sores and bacterial infections, which are nobody’s favorite.
Avoid products that cause even more chapping. These include eucalyptus, menthol, and camphor. So as much as you love those magical minty balms, try to steer clear. These ingredients can also cause that mythical “addiction,” by drying your lips out more than they were when you first put it on and making you feel like you need to keep reapplying.
Below are some great suggestions for your next balm-buying expedition:
Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment
Blistex Lip Infusion SPF 15 Vaseline Lip Therapy
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Aveeno Lip Conditioner Essential Moisture SPF 15
All info taken from WebMD
My personal fav? I’ve had Vaseline Lip Therapy on my lips for the past two days straight! It adds just enough gloss to look pretty but it doesn’t feel greasy or sticky.
So what about you? Anybody out there have any favorite lip balms or chapping remedies?