Most of us have a lip balm within arm’s reach at any given time, but is our quest for a hydrated smile doing more harm than good? Experts warn it actually could be.
Turns out, the more you use your lip balm, the more you need it. And the problem comes from the products which contain moisture-sucking ingredients, like menthol or phenol. Emma Hobson, education manager at the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica, explains certain balms don’t contain enough moisture for the “humectant to hold onto,” so they grab the extra moisture from the lips instead.
That leads to the perpetual cycle of dry lips, instant relief from lip balm, dry lips, and so on. To break the cycle, Hobson recommends going with a brand that contains SPF and has oils like avocado and ingredients like shea butter and cacao seed butter. These will keep your pout nice and plump and super soft, which is all we’re looking for in a lip balm.