Are You Addicted to Lip Balm?

Would consider myself a lip balm connoisseur. Not for me the tiny tins of Vaseline or pharmacy chapstick. Know what I like. Nothing with a petroleum base, no fruit scented novelty balms. Serious lip treatments only.

As it turns out, I’ve got it all wrong. There were signs. The lip balm addiction for one. It’s a thing. Grease addiction is the official term. Whatever it’s called, I got it. I probably apply lipbalm every hour. I even wake up and apply it in the night.

You might think that this dedication to lipbalm would mean I have lovely lips. Soft and hydrated. But no. They dry, chronically so. Clearly, it ain’t working.

I’ve been using the wrong lip balm. Maybe you have been too. If any of this sounds familiar, I have tips. Just because it feels soothing doesn’t mean it’s doing any long term good. The biggest problem is fragrance. Ditch it. Particularly anything minty – designed to feel cooling but is actually an irritant. Look at the ingredients, avoid phenol and menthol.

I have a couple of lip balm recommendations that seem to be easing the addiction, and sorting the dry lip sitch. Not dramatically so, but I like them a lot. The first is the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast, £6. Fragrance free, hydrating. The second is the Clinique Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask, £16. I know, £16 for a lip balm. Sheesh. But applied exclusively at night and it should last you. If only it didn’t make such a great base for lipstick. Hydrating but matte. I confess, it’s snuck out of the bedside table and into the handbag.

The La Roche-Posay and the Clinique are actually very similar. I have a slight preference for the Clinique. It’s a little thicker, a little more matte. A little more interesting ingredients-wise (a petroleum base with antioxidants). Both worth a look.

Til next time,



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