Do your lips look more like a raisin than a juicy peach? Have you been applying lip balm 24/7 but it’s been no use at all? And don’t you just hate it when your lipstick starts flaking? We’ve done a bit of digging and discovered these 3 seemingly “innocent” habits that may be drying out your lips.
Licking your lips
Stop. Licking. Those. Lips.
Anatasia Steele was definitely not onto something. Constantly licking your lips might provide some temporary relief (especially pre-smooch), but it can have some serious consequences in the long run. Let me break it down for you - when we lick our lips, saliva adds moisture to its surface, but only for the briefest of moments. As the saliva quickly evaporates, our lips are most likely to end up drier than before! The worst part? You’ll totally end up licking them again because of how dry and chapped they feel. It’s an endless cycle that must be stopped pronto.
Drinking everything BUT water
Repeat after me: Not all liquids = Hydration! Skip the fruit juices and canned sodas, and opt for the OG beverage of choice… Some good ol’ H2O. We all know that alcohol and caffeine are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to dehydration. Not to mention how both are diuretic, a.k.a. They cause your body to lose fluids by making you constantly have to use the bathroom. But sweet, sugary drinks are just as bad. They can actually stop your body from absorbing water. The Harvard School of Public Health notes how the high sugar content of fruit juices, soda water and even some sports drinks create an acidic environment. This can impair enzyme function and decrease your body’s water storage capacity. So cut back on the sodas and make sure to listen to the words of your mum, that is to “drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.”
Using a bad lip balm
What if I told you that your lip balm was making your lips even more dry and chapped? Yes, unfortunately not all lip treatments are made the same. Some contain pretty terrifying and counterintuitive ingredients.
“Lip balms with humectants such as hyaluronic acids and glycerin make lips worse,” says dermatologist Lesie Baumann, MD. “These ingredients pull moisture out of the skin, especially in a dry environment, and then the water evaporates away.” Dr. Baumann recommends using a lip balm that contains occlusive agents, like beeswax, shea butter, and various oils, which help create a physical barrier to prevent water loss.
Luckily for you, we’ve got the perfect lip balm right here. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is 100% natural and heavily infused with Beeswax, a natural skin conditioner, and Vitamin E to moisturise. This handy dandy tube of soothing lip balm glides on so smoothly! The dash of Peppermint Oil adds a nice refreshing tingle with each use. Free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS, it’s honestly one of the most fuss-free, effective and affordable lip balms in the market today!
Available in a range of different flavours and even as a tinted option. Join the Burt’s Bees family and never look back! Enjoy a full sized tube in this month’s bellabox.