Do You Have a Lip Balm Addiction?
Thanks to Melissa Dahl over at The Body Odd, one of life’s more confounding mysteries has been solved: Yep, lip balm is indeed addictive. Everyone has known someone with a serious habit (maybe it’s you!) and, as it turns out, the schoolyard rumors about ChapStick® addiction were true.
We actually covered this subject briefly in the book, but our focus was more specifically on some of the drying (and nasty) chemicals found in lip balm. The article makes mention of those too, but this explanation from Perry Romanowski, a chemist and blogger at the Beauty Brains, reveals how the product actually inhibits the lips’ natural replenishment system:
The lower layers of your skin produce fresh, new skin cells, which die and can dry out a bit by the time they reach the top layer, Romanowski explains. “When you put the lip balm on the dry skin, what that does is interfere with the signaling mechanism that signals to the lower cells to start producing more,” he says. “Using lip balm, while it makes your lips feel good initially, when it wears off your skin feels dry again and your skin doesn’t have time to replenish that.” So you apply more lip balm. And when that wears off, you apply more. And more. And more!
There you have it, just another useless product tricking our bodies into doing the wrong thing. Obviously, we think a nourishing, clean lip balm has its place—especially during extra dry or cold months. But we encourage women to resist obsessive reapplication. I personally like to moisturize my lips the same way as the rest of my face, which means that morning and night I give them a once-over with some argan oil.
How about you, were you (or are you still) a lip balm junky?
We know that’s gloss, but who can resist this image