Drying Ingredients To Avoid In Lip Balms [Infographic]

Do you find yourself re-applying lip balm several times throughout the day only to find them dry again? For years, I used to proudly claim my addiction to lip balm as if it was something cute to confess. What was not cute were my lips quickly drying up and furthermore, appearing dark spots! When my parts of my lips started turning black, that’s when I knew I needed to research and figure out the problem. An extensive research for ingredients to avoid in lip balms was done, by yours truly, and I took my list to the dermatologist, who was initially skeptical about my list, but agreed that my list was spot on. My lips are sensitive and not everyone will find a problem with typical drugstore lip balms, however, with some research, a lot of others have.

As it turns out, many lip balms have ingredients that contain allergens and irritants that develops the very problem we’re trying to treat such as, peeling, dryness, and cracking. Unbelievable, right?

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Some featured ingredients highlighted on lip balms as a positive, ends up contributing to the cause of dry lips which promotes you to apply the product over and over. Sooner or later, you realize you’re addicted to that lip stuff. For now, I am using plain ‘ol Vaseline but because it’s petroleum, I will be steering away from it and using my own DIY lip balm. That, along with regular lip exfoliation with homemade sugar lip scrub. I will share my DIY balm soon!

If you, too, have suffered from dry and chapped lips that doesn’t stay treated by lip balms, one of these ingredients could be the culprit:

Drying Ingredients To Avoid In Lip Balms:

  •  Mint
  • Menthol
  • Cinnamon
  • Camphor
  • Phenol
  • Alcohol
  • Salicylic acid
  • Aloe Butter
  • Paraben

Consequently, reading lip balm labels and eliminating the listed drying ingredients rescued me from constant lip drying and additionally, spotty black lips!

No Lip Licking

Stop licking your lips. LL Cool J did this best but wonder why he keeps doing it? Licking your lips can actually dry them out. Saliva contains digestive enzymes — including amylase and maltase — that wear the lips thin skin down, leaving them vulnerable to environmental exposure like dry air. Help this dude out and tell him what you learned. 

LL Cool J lip licking gif

Our Lips

lips_lip balmThe skin on your lips is comprised of only 3-5 cellular layers, which is why our lips can easily start to bleed if they are chapped or dry. In comparison, the skin on your face contains up to 16 cellular layers.

Given that your lips skin is only 3-5 layers deep, there are no sweat glands. This means that your lip skin doesn’t sweat or produce sebum, your skin’s natural oil. Without sweat or sebum your lips dry out quicker than other parts of your skin. (source: www.formulabotanica.com)

Therefore, applying a lip balm with a drying ingredient will further prevent your lips from absorbing the moisture it needs to remain smooth and hydrated.

Start reading product labels in search for the ingredients that can cause dryness.

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