Addicted to Lip Balm
The gloves and scarves have been recalled from the attic and the car windscreen has to be scraped in the mornings and then we all reach for the lip balm. And that is not always wise. Because you can turn, in no time, from an occasional user into an outright lip balm addict.
Does this story sound familiar? Have a good look at the ingredients list on the product you use. Certain substances in balms particularly irritate the delicate skin on the mouth, making it impossible to get rid of those dry split lips. You don’t usually notice this irritation; you just have that feeling that you need to keep applying…
What can you, and what is best not to, smear on your mouth?
Ingredients I would like to see in a lip balm:
Plant extract oils (e.g. Jojoba or shea), petrolatum, wax (e.g. Jojoba or carnauba), butter (e.g. Shea or cocoa), ceramides, dimethicone, lanolin (unless you are allergic to lanolin), glycerin, panthenol, and hyaluronic acid.
Ingredients which I avoid in a lip balm:
Menthol, phenol, camphor, aroma’s, fragrances, parfum, colourings, eucalyptus, propyl- and butyl parabens, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, quaternium-15, lavender oil and alcohol.
This actually means that everything with a taste or a smell, no matter how delicious, should also be avoided.
Wax and Vaseline
A lip balm which contains only wax is not very effective either. Look for a model which also has added plant extract oils.
And really, pure Vaseline or a plant extract oil does exactly what it should do.
Reply! And, if you want to, send me the ingredients list from your lip balm and I’ll have a look to see if it is a good lip balm for you!
(Dr. Jetske Ultee-Research Physician Cosmetic Dermatology)