I'm addicted to lip balm..
Summary of the video:
When I was 15 years old, one of my best friends used lip balm and for some obscure reason I thought this was the coolest thing ever. So I went out and bought myself the Lucas Papaw Ointment and started unnecessarily lathering that on my lips. Fast forward 6 years later and I feel physically uncomfortable when I don't use it. There is a lot of debate on the internet about whether you can be addicted to lip balm or not but there are two factors that could be the reason for your dependence on that tiny tube of wax.
1) Potentially Irritating ingredient
You could actually be having a straight up reaction to one of the ingredients. If your lips and the lip balm don't agree, it could be causing inflammation and actually stripping your lips of their moisture. Without you being aware of this, you are caught in an endless cycle of reapplying lip balm because your lips never feel adequately moisturised. When in reality, it's the product that is causing that.
2) 'occlusive' ingredient
This is the one that I relate to more and it is the idea that ingredients such as petroleum do nothing but cause your lips to become lazy and stop producing hydration and moisture themselves. Occlusive ingredients are basically moisture seals- they don't provide your lips with any hydration, they simply lock in the moisture. Whilst occlusive ingredients can be good in some cases, such as in skincare when you want to lock in moisture. But when it comes to your lips, they may stop producing moisture themselves because they no longer feel the need to. This causes a lot of discomfort when you haven't slathered lip balm on in a few hours.
My experience is that I can't go a whole day without lip balm. I can't even go a few hours without having to reapply. And there have also been a number of times when I have gone out without lip balm and have had to buy it because I couldn't wait until I got home. It is an expensive and truly unnecessary habit. So whilst I am by no means 'cured' (for lack of a better word) of lip balm I have significantly reduced my consumption of it in recent years. So I figured I would share a few things that have worked for me on this (embarrassingly first world problem) journey.
Tips to get over your terrible lip balm habit:
1) drink more water.
Listen to some Mick Jenkins if you have to. Have an alarm that yells at you. Since I have upped my water consumption to 2L a day, I have noticed that I am less reliant on the waxy tubes. Whilst this will not alone 'cure' you it will stave off the need to apply for a little longer. Whenever I feel the need to reapply, I drink some water first and hope that will hold it off. It usually does for a little while and then you can built up the time in-between applications!
2) Stop using petroleum
I want to put blame on something other than myself lol and that thing is petroleum. I genuinely believe that using Lucas Papaw on my lips really heightened the severity of my reliance on lip balm. Don't get me wrong, I love Lucas Papaw and I think it is stellar for everything BUT putting on your lips. Unless you have cracked lips then please use a lip balm with ingredients such as beeswax or vitamin e. They are so much better for you!
3) Stop reaching for it
I also found that a large part of my reliance came from the fact that it became instinctual to apply lip balm every time I saw it. Stop reaching for it unless you absolutely need to, and try step #1 first- drink some water and see if that gets you a little further!
Exfoliate with a lip scrub. This helps to remove the dry and nasty old skin from the surface of your lips, leaving them fresher and a little bit nicer. I use the Lush Lip Scrub in Popcorn but you can find recipes (is that even the right word?) online. Here is a good one! https://blog.honest.com/diy-lip-scrub-a-natural-beauty-treatment/
5) Invest in a lip treatment
Lip treatments are usually lip balms that actually contain ingredients to benefit your lips. Some of these stellar ingredients include vitamin e and berries. When you use something like this, it is a little more heavy duty and can also last on your lips a lot longer. One of my favourite lip treatments is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I have done a review on it, which you can read here. and whilst in this review I talk about how it alone won't cure your lip balm habits it will provide a better substitute if you can afford it.
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