Are you addicted to your lip balm? Sometimes I feel that way. Is this bad thing? Lip balm is supposed to be good for you, right?
If you feel the urge to reapply balm constantly, then you might want to change balms. Not all lip balms offer the same healing properties. Check the ingredient list for the ingredient phenol before you buy your next fix. Dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, reports in O, The Oprah Magazine
, "Lip balms that contain phenol, an antibacterial agent, strip the top layer of skin off your lips."
Evidently the ingredient phenol is one reason that you can become addicted to a lip balm. The phenol removes the natural protection on your lips and forces you to apply even more lip balm.
You can break the cycle by buying phenol-free lip balm with natural moisturizers such as beeswax, shea, butter, or jojoba oil. Here are a few options you might want to try:
(Chris writes the blog Momathon Blog
--musings, news and links for busy moms on parenting, kids, health, education, fitness, personal finance, careers, pets, relationships, and leisure.)