Is My Lip Balm Making my Lips More Chapped?
Name a better feeling than applying a soothing coat of lip balm to chapped
lips. But is that lip balm making your chapped lips more even chapped?
The answer is yes, and also no. It’s all about the combination of
ingredients in the product you’re using. Ingredients like glycerin
and hyaluronic acid pull moisture out of the skin, while ingredients such
as shea butter, beeswax, or coconut oil, act as a barrier and keep the
moisture from evaporating.
Besides looking for lip balm with a combination of these ingredients, check
out these tips for coping with chapped lips:
- Use sugar and honey to exfoliate chapped lips. Sugar will attract moisture,
while the honey will keep in the moisture.
- Drink water. Staying hydrated will keep your lips moist and the rest of
your skin soft and smooth.
- Don’t lick your lips. Applying saliva can give instant gratification
for chapped lips, but once it dries, your lips will feel even more chapped
- Don’t chew gum with mint or cinnamon. The cooling sensation from
these gums will appear to make your lips feel better, but the ingredients
are actually drawing moisture from your lips