We are in the middle of winter and if you live in a cold and dry climate like me moisturizing is an absolute must. Your lips might seem like the easiest place to keep healthy as it is so simple to apply some chapstick every time they start to get dry, but this may not actually be the case. Today I am going to share with you guys some reasons that your lip balm could actually be drying your lips!
First reason is that your lip product contains products that irritate the lip. Some examples of irritating ingredients are camphor, menthol, phenol, or salicylic acid. These products can cause inflammation in your skin and even if you can’t feel it, the damage still builds up over time. To avoid hurting your lips in this way make sure to check the ingredient on the back of your products, or look them up online!
The second reason that your lip products are hurting your lips is if they contain petrolatum, or petroleum jelly. This one may seem odd to many people as petroleum jelly is commonly used in products like vaseline. However recently lots of companies are choosing to stop using petrolatum in their products and here is why. It makes your lips lazy! Your lips make new cells all the time, when they sense that there are dead skin cells on the surface of your lip that stimulates the lip to create new healthy cells. When you use petroleum you are moisturizing the dead skin cells so they don’t send out that signal to make new cells. Overtime your lips get used to not doing a lot of work and you end up with fewer new healthy cells. There are two ways to stop this process from occurring. One is avoiding products that contain petroleum jelly. The second is to make sure to use in moderation, just a thin layer, and not for too many days in a row.