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Are you dependent on your lip balm?

February 23, 2012

It’s winter and who isn’t reapplying lip balm every moment? If you think you are actually becoming dependent on it, you might be right.  “Lip balms that contain phenol, an antibacterial agent, strip the top layer of skin off your lips,” says dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, author of The Mind-Beauty Connection.  “That’s why you get addicted to these balms; they remove your natural protection, so you’re constantly reapplying to try to restore a supple feeling to your lips.”

Look for a phenol-free balm instead that has a moisturizer in it. Look for the ingredients of beeswax, shea butter or jojoba oil.

I have Chapstick ($2.39), Burt’s Bees ($3),  Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment ($2.19), Suki Lip Repair Butter ($9.95), Karite-Lips ($6.44) and Polish Treatment Booster ($12.99) in my arsenal. You? Guess which is the ONLY one to have Phenol? Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment. Not too bad, I guess. Time to throw out the Blistex. (Not all of Blistex’s products do contain phenol though).

Of the above in my toiletry case, my favorite is Karite-Lips (available at Whole Foods) and Burt’s Bees lip balm in a tin. The Burt’s Bees in a tin is great for kids since they can dip in it and apply it themselves. It’s much easier for them then a stick application.  Another highly recommended brand by dermatologists…..Yes to Carrots C Me Smile lip butters ($4 each).

Remember the old rumor that Carmex was addictive? Well, here it is, straight from Carmex’s website.

Phenol: Found in a variety of mouthwashes and sore throat lozenges, phenol is an antiseptic that kills germs and provides a local anesthetic or mild numbing effect. In Carmex, phenol helps reduce the itching and burning associated with dry chapped lips and cold sores. The phenol in Carmex’s lip balms also helps to gently remove old, dry and peeling skin found on very chapped lips.

They have Phenol in their lip balm.

Do you have a natural brand that you like or you use on your children?