Is my lip balm making me an addict? Can the dry lip vicious cycle ever be broken?
Today we’ll answer questions all about lips!
My skin isn’t dry whatsoever, but why are my lips so chapped all the time?
It doesn’t matter how oily your face is, your lips won’t be the same. Unlike facial skin, lips do not produce any sebum and is a lot thinner. Its thinnest and lack of natural oils make lips exceptionally prone to dryness.
What’s the fastest way to heal dry, cracked lips?
If your lips are in a dire state, gently remove any peeling skin using a wet cotton pad with circular motions. Be diligent with your lip balm application throughout the day, including a generous layer before bed. Try not to lick your lips – it dries them out further!
The quality of your lip balm matters. Choose one with barrier-forming, conditioning and water-attracting ingredients.
Is my lip balm making me an addict? Will applying lip balm dry my lips out more?
Lip balm addiction is not really a thing. Lip balms usually contain oils that create a barrier over lips to prevent them from drying out. This barrier won’t actually cause your lips to ‘dry out further’ leading to ‘addiction’ or constant reapplication.
If you are experiencing chronic dryness/cracks, it is likely that you are allergic to something in your lip balm. Avoid ingredients that give a cooling sensation, act as fragrance/flavour or chemical filters providing SPF. Examples include menthol, camphor, phenol, peppermint, mint, lime, orange, avobenzone, octinoxate etc.
Why are my lips so prone to chapping and cracking?
Our lips are very much thinner than other parts of our face. This makes it very prone to dryness and extra sensitive to irritants. If you have chronically dry, cracking lips, avoid these potential
irritants in your lip balm such as menthol, camphor, any fragrances/flavours (natural or not) and even chemical sun filters.
My lips are finally in a good place! What’s the best way to keep them in good condition?
Prevention is better than cure. Continue to be use a generous layer of your favourite lip balm at least once daily before bed. Don’t wait until they are cracked or chapped!