Ingredients to Avoid in Lip Balms
There's nothing quite like the feeling of soft, luscious lip balm, especially when on a cold, dry day. But not all lip balms are created equal. While some nourish, heal, hydrate and protect your lips, others can actually dehydrate them.
The skin of your lips is about 3 to 5 cells thick, making it much thinner and more delicate than that of your face which is approximately 16 cells thick, depending on the area. This means that your lips can absorb materials quicker, but they can also be more susceptible to dehydration and environmental factors such as sun damage.
While lip balms are often advertised as a fun accessory with various flavors and colors, it's important to treat them the same way you would your skin care. Let's dive into which ingredients to avoid:
1. Avoid lip balms containing menthol, salicylic acid, camphor, phenol, or alcohol.
This is because these ingredients dry out your lips even further, making you use the lip balm more. They do this by removing the outer layers of the skin, leaving your lips unprotected, sensitive, and even more vulnerable to environmental hazards.