Sunday, 12 November 2017

What to avoid in your lip balm

Finding where your lip balm went can be tough – but finding the right one can be even tougher. According to, there are a wide variety of allergens and irritants in most lip balm products making them unsuitable to do what they are meant to do – moisturize your lips. In fact, these failing ingredients can make your lips even drier. If you are constantly having to reapply your lip balm, that may actually be a sign that it contains ingredients that ultimately dry your lips instead of moisturize them.

Common Irritants: Camphor, phenol, and menthol
Ingredients like camphor, phenol and menthol are often used in “medicated” lip balms as acids in exfoliating exercises, kind of like chemical peels. While exfoliation sounds like a good idea, it actually tears off the tissue on your lips instead of repairing it. Menthol and camphor can actually burn when used on chapped skin, causing further irritation. Exfoliated skin can also cause sun damage.

Common Allergens: Vitamin E, Fragrances, and Beeswax
A significant percentage of people use lip balm containing Vitamin E experience contact dermatitis (an itchy allergic reaction). Meanwhile, fragrances and dyes found in flavored lip balms can also pave the way for allergic irritation. Beeswax is also common in many lip balms because of its moisturizing capabilities; however, be careful because it is also known as a source of irritation for many. While all of these allergens are not affecting everyone, if you experience dryness or itchiness from your lip balms, check to see if it contains the ingredients above!

If ingredient lists are too overwhelming or you’re still feeling itchiness in your lip balm, go with the ever reliable, one-ingredient formula – Vaseline. 

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