Droppin’ Lip Balm Knowledge
Addictive? Necessary? Who started this game?
Ever wonder if the tale of lip balm addiction was true? Rest assured your point-of -purchase, last second snag was well worth the $4.00 or less.
Lip balm was first marketed in the 1880s by Charles Brown Fleet, though its origins are commonly traced to earwax, which was used as lip balm prior to Fleet’s formula.
Lip balm or lip salve is a wax-like substance applied topically to the lips to moisturize and relieve dry lips. Lip balm often contains beeswax or carnauba wax, camphor, cetyl alcohol, lanolin, paraffin and petrolatum, among other ingredients.
The primary purpose of lip balm is to provide an occlusive layer on the lip surface to seal moisture in lips and protect them from external exposure. Dry air, cold temperatures, and wind all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. Lips are particularly vulnerable because the skin is so thin, and thus they are often the first to present signs of dryness. Occlusive materials like waxes prevent moisture loss and maintain lip comfort.
Over time, many suggested that certain types of lip balm can be addictive or contain ingredients that actually cause drying. Lip balm manufacturers sometimes state in their FAQs that there is nothing addictive in their products or that all ingredients are listed and approved by the FDA. Claim that there are substances in certain balms that are irritants necessitating reapplication, such as ground glass, proved to be false.
Esthi’s Secret to Smooth Moist Lips:
1. Twice per week, after shower, gently rub lips with dry towel or toothbrush to exfoliate. Follow w/ heavy nut butter, such as pure shea or avocado.
2. Apply beeswax or nut based lip balm daily.
3. When enjoying sunny activities, apply a lip balm w/SPF 15.