Lip Balm Pros and Cons
Read here about the pros and cons of lip balms!
Let’s start with the pros. It’s really:
1. Visible gloss – after use a lip balm you will see the glossy effect but only temporarily.
2. Pleasant scent or flavor – lip balms may give you a pleasant scent or flavor but only temporarily.
2. Change your own lips tone – sure, you can easily give your lips any tone if you dislike your own awarded to you by nature, lol
Cons of lip balms:
1. Lip chapping – in fact, the side-effect of lip balm is an increase in lip chapping. And if you have a habit to use a lip balm more frequently you may prolong the chapped effects.
2. Dangerous chemicals – if you read the ingredients usually written extremely small by the manufacturer, you can find dangerous chemicals such as paraffin, petrolatum, dyes, flavor, fragrance, phenol and other substances – carcinogens that can cause or promote cancer. Some lip balms — typically those containing ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid — make the lips drier.
3. Infection – if a lip balm is applied with a finger this may easily put any bacteria or even a virus from your hands on your lips and then into your mouth. If a lip balm is to be applied in a lipstick-style tube from which it can be applied directly you my be also infected because of its multi-use.
4. Addicting or a habit-forming – lip balm can become a psychological crutch for a habit-forming, and turn into a bad habit that’s hard to break.
7 Signs of dependence from lip balm
Please find below 7 common-sense questions to ask yourself to help judge whether you might have a psychological dependence on lip balm.
1. Do you apply it very frequently?
2. Do you have to carry it with you at all times?
3. Do you have it stashed all over? (Your purse? Your car? Your bedroom? Your bathroom?)
4. Do you spend a lot of money on it?
5. Have your friends or family commented on your frequent use or spending on it?
6. Do you go out of your way or make yourself late to get more?
7. Do you have trouble concentrating or enjoying life because you can’t take your mind off the need to apply it?
If you answer “yes” to at least 5 of the questions above you may really have a psychological dependence on a lip balm.
If you still want to use lip balms it would be a good idea to check the ingredients in your favorite brand, and watch how often you use it.
Lip balm buying tips:
– Avoid ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid. Some lip balms — typically those containing ingredients like phenol, menthol and salicylic acid — make the lips drier.
– Limit use of lip balms containing artificial scents or added flavoring. The chemicals in scents and added flavorings can irritate your skin or cause allergies and even they dry out the skin and then it can feel more chapped.
– Avoid petroleum-based products since such carcinogens substances that can cause or promote cancer.
– Choose organic natural substances and wax based lip balms
If you decided not to use lip balms anymore at last (my respect!) and replace them by any of your favorite food oil, you can find any other application for your lip balms already bought, for example – your shoes leather protection. It will give your shoes or boots a shiny gloss and pleasant scent without damaging their health, lol
Take care and stay healthy!