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How Your Lip Balm May Actually Be Making Your Chapped Lips Worse
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23 Jan 2020 11:43 PM EST

The key to beautiful lipstick is keeping one's lips healthy and hydrated underneath. But that's easier said than done in the winter, though, when cold weather and central heating whisks sucks the hydration from our faces. According to Allure Magazine, some lip balms can be a godsend. But others, not so much. That's because certain lip balm ingredients can actually contribute to chapping. Dermatologists recommend closely reading the label of any lip balm you have, and avoiding ones containing 'the baddies.' Avoid lip balms with anything marked with the catch-all term 'fragrance,' which typically contains drying alcohol. Also, camphor, phenol, and menthol frequently cause contact dermatitis in lip balms. Finally, even though eucalyptus and peppermint oil are naturally-derived, they have similar tingling effects and can still cause irritation.