By Nabila Mahmud
Chelitis, also known as chapped lips, is a commonly complained about nuisance. What causes chapped lips? How can you fix it? What are the best products to temporarily solve a life long struggle with dry lips?
Before you decide to invest in a new lip balm, take a look into why dry lips occur and how you can prevent the problem.
Contrary to popular belief, chapped lips are not just a result of chilly weather and crisp winds. This condition stems off of a deeper issue rooted in dehydration. Lips become dry from dehydration which leads to painful cracking and peeling.
Commonly used products to solve the cracked lips problem include lip balms. Typically, when people do not have lip balm, the reaction is to lick your lips and saturate them in your saliva.
Licking your lips is the worst thing you can do when suffering from cracked lips. The moisture in saliva is transferred onto the lips and proceeds to evaporate which further dries the lips.
So what are the best products to use? If you do not mind the honey, eucalyptus smell, Burt’s Beeswax is the prime choice for you. Burt’s Beeswax has numerous different colored tints, shines, and flavors including clear to cater to each man or woman’s needs while still moisturizing lips. Normally, the price range is $3-10.
If you do not desire a shine or if you are a boy then a fantastic choice for you is Carmex, typically $20-10. The balm hydrates lips without adding a girly shine.
Another lip quenching balm is Neutrogena’s balm which is typically on sale for $8.99. Neutrogena’s product leaves the lips moist without constant application.
The worst, but surprisingly popular, lip balm you can use is SoftLips which range from $2-10. The narrow shaped applicator requires numerous applications to cover the full surface of the lips. The coated balm moisturizes the lips for an extremely limited time. The attractive exterior distracts from the quality of the actual balm which is unable to satisfy chapped lips.