How Your Lip Balm Might Be Making Your Lips Worse Instead Of Better 4 years ago

How Your Lip Balm Might Be Making Your Lips Worse Instead Of Better

Beside the standard purse, keys and phone, we generally have a lip balm (or three) somewhere in our handbags.

Sometimes, its seems no matter how many time we reapply, our lips just get more and more chapped.

It turns out there's a reason behind it and Style Caster spoke to dermatologist Leslie Baumann to find out more.

“Lip balms with humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin make lips worse.

"These ingredients pull moisture out of the skin, especially in a dry environment, and then the water evaporates away" she said.

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“Humectants hold on to water, and occlusives keep it from evaporating" so without occlusive ingredients, the moisture produced by humectants simple evaporates and leaves lips much drier than the first person.

The long and short of it is that you need a lip balm that contains both occlusive ingredients such as beeswax and shea butter and humectants including hyaluronic acid and glycerin.

Next time you're shopping, have a good look at the ingredients list and soon chapped lips should be a thing of the past.