Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pucker Up

ChapStick. Uh oh. The conversation begins and ends there. Literally, because if that's what you turn to during chapped lips season, you'll have to pause every five seconds to reapply a coating.

Why? Because ChapStick doesn't help. The companies care about your money, not your health. As someone who stopped using ChapStick after seven straight years of multiple applications per day, you can bet I speak from experience.

*The chemicals camphor, salicylic acid, phenol, and menthol cause the dryness, not stop it
 *Soothing tingling feeling is actually protective layers of dead skin peeling off your lip
*The stronger the artificial fragrance, the more the moisture will be sucked out
(I.e. most Carmex, some Blistex, some The Body Shop, and some Nivea lip balms)

*Read the ingredient list. If none of the above ingredients are mentioned, you should be good to go
*Jojoba oil, shea butter, beeswax, and SPF including lip balms moisturize best
(I.e. EOS, which is also 95% organic and 100% natural. Babylips is also generally highly reviewed, but be wary due to artificial fragrances, as mentioned above)

(Ultimately, moisturized lips look so good you won't need any of those $4 lip balms all your friends use to look pretty.)
*Use petroleum jelly based products, such as Aquaphor by Eucerin or Vaseline
*Drink tons of water. No matter what you do, if you aren't at least trying to drink eight glasses a day your lips will never be movie star quality

After seven years of ChapStick and many lemonade stands and allowances worth of money spent, I began drinking a glass of water almost every two hours and only use petroleum jelly. Chapped lips? The conversation begins and ends there, because I have none to discuss.

Have fun blowing fresh kisses! 
Aiman x

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