Lip balms work by sealing moisture into the lip tissue and preventing evaporation into the dry winter air, allowing for healing of chapped lips, but also preventing chapped lips .Many people believe that Chapstick heals and protects their lips however, it is know that the more you apply, the more you need it. Said by Dr. Oz, “people can actually become addicted to Chapstick” in the sense that they use a lip balm and eventually develop a sensitivity to its components, thus the sensitivity leads to a reaction that causes the chapped feeling, making people apply more lip balm. America News Now spoke to dermatologist, Gary Slaughter, who found camphor, phenol and menthol were the ingredients in bad lip balm. Also, OL,which indicates alcohol, and salicylic acid are two more ingredients that may cause some people irritation. Look for these ingredients before buying. If you don’t see them, your lip balm should work as it is intended to. Dermatitis, cracking and soreness and irritation of the skin around the lips may occur when lips are not protected on the other hand. If the lip balm seems to fix your problem initially but after continued use you find you have to keep using more and more, there is a problem and you are using too much. The best options are to stick to plain petroleum, such as Vaseline, or more natural homemade ingredients. Sun blocks is a positive ingredient that is added to lip balms, which is great if you are going to be skiing, playing golf or tennis or hanging out at the beach. However, even this is not recommend for daily use to avoid getting sensitized to the chemicals when you do not need the block, unless you have a history of significant lip sun. Overusing can lead to clogged pores along the lip line, which is why moderation is key. Some of the topped ranked lip balms are:
- Burts Bees
Here’s also a link to a YouTube video, to make your own all natural homemade lip balm.