It's that time of the year when lip balm is a must have for many of us. As the air turns cold, we turn the heat up in our homes, which sucks the moisture out of our skin. But if you use most lip balms or Vasoline to keep your lips moist you might notice something — you're reapplying it all the time.
Most lip balms you can buy at the grocery store contain petrolatum, which is a petroleum product. My longtime favorite, Carmex, contains this ingredient. And it serves a great purpose. If you're in a very extreme climate, whether a dry desert, a snowy mountain, or any other climate where the environment is going to wreak havoc on your skin, petrolatum is invaluable. It's great for protecting your lips. It essentially puts a layer of oil between your skin and the weather.
I grew up in Colorado, which has a very extreme climate. It's part desert, part snow-bird paradise. When I went skiing, the dry, cold air would chap my lips in no time. So I grew up bathing my lips in Carmex. But, as I've discovered in recent years, this was part of the problem. In order to get the benefit from Carmex (or other lip balms), I had to keep reapplying it. Once the layer of protection wore off, my skin was subject to the elements. It was just a temporary fix, so I had to reapply it all the time.
What's more, once I reapplied the lip balm, it didn't really re-moisturize my lips. It just protected them from getting worse. So if they got a little chapped in-between applications, the Carmex would help them feel better and protect them while I had it on. Once it was gone, though, the chapped pain came back.
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And I had another problem with Carmex, this one deeply personal. You see, my wife hates Carmex. So much so that she wouldn't kiss me when I was wearing it. We used to have lip-balm wars, because she would use Mentholatum on her lips, which I can't stand. A definite problem I had to solve.
Fortunately, the folks at Système 41 solved the problem for me. They developed a lip balm that has nutrients in it that both protect my lips against the elements and re-moisturize my lips. So during the winter, I have a stick of Hydrating Lip Therapy with me all the time.
One thing I've noticed is that I don't have to reapply it nearly as often as did the Carmex. It doesn't feel slimy or oily either. It feels very natural on my lips and keeps my lips feeling great long after it wears off. Yes, it costs a little more than Carmex or ChapStick. But since you don't have to apply it as often, it lasts longer.
And better yet, my wife loves it. Not only does she use it too, she'll even kiss me when I have it on. No more lip-balm wars at my home. So give the all-natural ingredients of Hydrating Lip Therapy
a try and see if it doesn't make your lips feel healthier this winter.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.