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Best Lip Relief – What’s On Your Lips.
Lip Relief – What do you reach for when your lips become chapped, dry and begin to experience cheilitis. Not sure which brand or product is best for your lip condition? By exploring the many options available to your troubling lip issues will you begin to take stronger returns for what’s on your lips and how you’re either helping or hurting those suckers in the end.
The Best Lip Relief: Lip Balm, Salves, Butters
Lip balm or lip salve:
Lip balm is a wax-like substance applied topically to the lips of the mouth to moisturize and relieve chapped or dry lips, angular cheilitis, stomatitis, or cold sores. Lip balm often contains beeswax or carnauba wax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, lanolin, paraffin, and petroleum, among other ingredients. Some varieties contain dyes, flavor, fragrance, phenol, salicylic acid, and sunscreens.
Dry lips are also caused due to dehydration. Lip balms are just intended to protect, moisturize, nourish, condition, and hydrate your lips. Lip balms are made to stop irritation of the lips by keeping them moist or hydrated. Lip balm may come in various forms such as small round tubs, jars, cylinders or twist up tubes. They may be applied using your fingers or directly from the packaging that it comes in.
Lip balms are most commonly made of beeswax or similar ingredients which form a protective layer over the skin and prevent loss of moisture. They basically seal in all the moisture to prevent dryness. A lip balm may be clear where it contains only the base ingredients or it may be tinted with a host of other ingredients.
Some lip balms are being made with SPF which means they give you an additional advantage of sun protection.
Lip Balm Tips (for selecting the best lip balms):
- – Avoid ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid. Some lip balms — typically those containing ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid — make the lips drier. “You have to apply more, and it becomes a vicious cycle,” Dr. Piliang says. “Sometimes these cause a tingling feeling when you apply them. They either cause irritation or remove outer layers of the skin. They exfoliate. Then you have less protection, and you’re more susceptible to environmental factors, so you have to apply more product. Avoid lip balms that contain those ingredients.”
- – Limit your use of lip balms containing scents or added flavoring. The chemicals in scents and added flavorings can irritate your skin or cause allergies. They dry out the skin and then it can feel more chapped.
- – Find lip balm that is at least SPF 30. Use lip gloss or lipstick that’s at least SPF30 — and use sunscreen on your lips when you’re at the pool or beach.
- – Be cautious of those lip balms containing petroleum. As harmless and “normal” as it might seem, petroleum jelly and mineral oil, which are derived from oil refining, can possibly be contaminated with carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and 1,4-dioxane.
Genuine lip butters will contain actual butters, like avocado butter, shea butter, olive butter. All these help to soften and nourish your skin. BEWARE – Cheap lip butters will often contain some form of petroleum as their ingredient. So try to stay away from these.
ChapStick is just a brand name of lip balm manufactured by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and used in many countries worldwide. It is intended to help treat and prevent chapped lips. However, ChapStick is just a very popular brand of lip balm, and probably one of the most commonly used one, people have gotten familiar to calling every type of lip balm, “ChapStick” when it’s not always the case. ChapStick’s purpose is to prevent chapping.
Keep in mind that all chapsticks are lip balms; whereas all lip balms ARE NOT chapsticks.
Keep These Factors In Mind When Shopping for Lip Balms…
- 1. Look for the seal. “The vague terms ‘green,’ ‘organic,’ ‘natural,’ and so forth are not regulated,”. Companies can slap those terms on any product, regardless of what’s inside. Instead, rely on seals signifying a product has been certified by an independent third party, such as the “USDA Organic” seal or the “Natural Products Association Certified” seal, “both of which restrict the use of unhealthy synthetic ingredients.”
- 2. Stick to beeswax: Pros: Beeswax works like petrolatum by creating a seal on your lips that protects them from air and other elements that can dry them out. Plus, it’s made by bees, so there’s no worry about depleting nonrenewable resources and there are no adverse health effects associated with licking too much beeswax off your lips.Cons:Due to the current decline of honeybees, beeswax-based lip balms may not be around for us to enjoy forever. Plus, the cost of the ingredient continue to raise the prices of lip products.
- 3. Make Your Own or DIY. If your lips are dry and you aren’t in the mood to hit the store, or you just prefer a DIY approach; use a little cooking oil to soothe an irritated pucker, “Any cooking oils will soothe chapping, including safflower, olive, sunflower, canola, and corn oils will help offer some moisture. Just don’t put any type of oil on sunburned skin. It can irritate and prolong the sensation of burning,” expresses Lawrence Jaeger, Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates.
If You Have Chapped Lips,…
- – Don’t lick your lips. Sure, it’s tempting, because your saliva will immediately moisten your lips. But as soon as it dries, according to Wu, “things get even worse. It’ll dry them out even more.” The instant gratification just isn’t worth it. And as Fishman reminded us, “Your saliva was meant to digest food. That’s why it’s so drying to the lips.”
- – If you can, steer clear of all “sticks.” Both matte and long-wear lipstick tend to dry out your lips. “Instead, use a creamy lip conditioner, it’s much less drying.” But the truth is, all balms or lipsticks that come in tubes contain waxes that tend to dry out your lips. You’ll be better off opting for an emollient ointment, which can be applied with the tips of your fingers with greater care and gentleness. Dragging a stick across your dry lips, especially one that’s not brand new, can only irritate the skin even further.
- – Don’t pick your lips if they’re flaky. Picking at them can trigger a cold sore or lead to bleeding. And all of that’s not just unsightly, it can be unhealthy, too, leading to serious infections.
- – Don’t chew mint gum or use balms with mint, menthol or cinnamon. Yes, gum… and lip balms that share its common flavors. Cinnamon in particular is known to irritate lips.