Addicted to Lip Balm? What You Should Be Using

Posted on: 7:50 am, November 27, 2012, by , updated on: 08:13am, November 27, 2012

(KTVI) – Dryer weather means dry skin. We use lotions and lip balms to help, but how much is too much? Are you addicted to your lip balm? Can you rely on it too much? Dermatologist Dr. Madhavi Kandula talks about what you should be using instead.

-What’s in it that makes us keep wanting to reach for it?
menthol, phenol, camphor and alcohols that are used to give lips a cool, soothing sensation tend to dry out the lips over time.

-What should we look for instead?
•Vaseline, Beeswax (cera alba) and/or Ceramides (fats that help retain water)
•Humectants like Urea or Glycerin which increase moisture content, reduce irritation and help prevent skin cracking.
•Dimethicone, which helps prevent drying and lengthens product life.
•Lanolin and Cocoa Butter to  soften, moisturize and protects lips.
•Sunscreen for UV protection.
•Also look for Paraben-free products.

-When do we know we’re addicted to our lip balm?
You may be addicted to your lip balm if you are applying it more often than 4-6 times a day