Trying to choose a lip balm that best suits your needs can be tricky, especially when there are so many on the market! The lip balm that works for your isn’t always the first one you think of; so we have decided to offer a little guidance.
First of all what is a lip balm? A lip balm is used as an ointment to protect the lips from extreme conditions including cold weather, strong winds, bright sun and dry conditions. The benefit of using a lip balm is the prevention of chapped and dry lips which can lead to infections including Chesilitis.
There are many different types of lip balm on the market these days, from natural ingredients like beeswax to man made products such as petroleum jelly. These are completely different products to cosmetic products like lip gloss and lipstick which offer no protection at all… unless you buy a spec
ific product that is especially designed to be cosmetic and provide moisturisation and protection too. However, these products are few and far between and in my personal experience do not offer the same level of protection as a good lip balm. I would definitely recommend spending the time to find the best lip balm for you lips instead of wasting money on combined cosmetic and protective products.
ChapStick® is one of the most popular brands of lip balm and they produce hundreds of different types. These include all-natural products like Mango Butter, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Cacao Power and many more. Vaseline® also comes with a selection of different choices, I personally adore the plain pocket sized product they offer and wouldn’t leave the house without it!
Flavoured lip balms are popular with younger generations and also come in many different flavours from the trusted cherry and mint to weird flavours like coffee, banana or Coca Cola® flavour!
Most lip balms include some level of Sun Protection Factor (SPF), most starting at SPF4 and this can climb all the way up to SPF25+ if you need it. The most protective products also typically include Aloe and Vitamin E also which ensures lip health.
There is also a variety of medicated lip balms available and some have ingredients like menthol and camphor which act as analgesics to help combat pain. Contrary to popular belief petroleum only based lip balms do not heal chapped lips but provide a protective barrier to prevent the lip from drying out allowing it to heal itself.
There have been some occurrences of people displaying addictive traits towards lip balms whereby the user tries to stop but experiences physical withdrawal symptoms. This could be due to conditioning of the lips over prolonged use or even just the habit of applying the balm and an adverse psychological reaction.
Obviously lipsticks and lip gloss are not going to be as effective in protecting your lips and shouldn’t be worn all the time anyway, so after taking the lippy off, let your lips breath for 30 minutes or so then apply your day to day balm to re-moisten them.
There are many types of lip balm out there, some suited to every day use and some suited to skiing down mountains, and after a little trial and error everyone can find their favourite lip balm that ends up as their ‘go to’ product and main day to day lip protection.
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