The Benefits of Lip Balm

Friday, February 10, 2017

 

THE BENEFITS OF USING LIP BALM

Lips - without them, we would have trouble with the simplest everyday tasks such as speaking, eating, and, of course, kissing. But how do we take care of them? That's easy, just glide on some lip balm to protect and pamper your lips (and some other areas of your body too!) Lip balm has many benefits, ranging from trivial to necessary.

1. PREVENT CHAPPED LIPS

This is the most important benefit of using lip balm. The skin on your lips is exceptionally thin, and, unlike the skin on the rest of your body, it cannot produce oils for protection against the elements. Therefore, it is much more susceptible to breakdown. Lip balm, which consists of a moisturizer and a sealant, provides protection from the harsh wind and low temperatures that cause chapped lips.

2. PREVENT SKIN CANCER

Lip skin contains no melanin, meaning there is no natural protection from the sun's cancer-causing UVA AND UVB rays. Many lip balms come with an SPF of 15 to 30 to help protect the lips from skin cancer.

3. PRODUCE SOFTER LIPS

The moisturizers used in lip balm help to restore damage to your lips by penetrating the skin and repairing from the inside out. Lip balm also creates a barrier on your lips, preventing cracks and sores from occurring as easily and resulting in exceedingly smooth lips.

4. CREATE A YOUTHFUL LOOK

Many lipsticks and lip glosses boast a special ingredient that plumps lips, but all you really need is lip balm. Using lip balm every day will lock moisture into your lips, making them appear fuller and plumper. Plump lips translate to a youthful appearance.

5. (BONUS USE!) SOOTHE AN IRRITATED NOSE

We've all had a terrible cold fully equipped with sniffles and sneezes. After a day or two of blowing and wiping your nose, the skin around it can get quite sore. To stimulate healing, simply put some lip balm on your finger and apply lightly to the sore area.

6. (BONUS USE!) HEAL CRACKED FINGERTIPS

Fingers can get so dry in the winter, that they can actually crack and split. This obviously makes everyday tasks, such as driving and writing, painful. To promote healing and prevent further dryness, apply a layer of lip balm to your fingertips twice a day.

Check out a few great lip balms on Amazon.

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Leah and Rachel Collins said...

I would be lost without lip balm at the moment - my lips have gotten so dry during the colder weather! I'm loving the hemp lip balm from the Body Shop though, it's so moisturizing! Great post as always :)

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Shireen L. Platt said...

Yes, yes, yes to all of these, Kim! I have no idea how some can go on without ever reaching for a lip balm because mine i so dry all the time. And thank you for the tip of using lip balm for sore parts of the nose, I had no idea.

Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

Lauren Carter said...

Lip balm is such a must-have, even if you don't wear makeup! I got lip balm for Christmas from my mother and my mother in law, so I'm glad I have enough now to keep it everywhere. I always need it too, and now I'm surprised if I find myself without it. lol

Jalisa Giron said...

Such great reasons for wearing lip balm! Lately, it's all I've really been able to wear because with my pregnancy, chapped lips have been an occurring thing. It was really bad the first couple of months, it got better, and now it got worse again, so no bold lip colors for me, mainly lip balm and very nude lipstick :) Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

XO,

Jalisa
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Shira said...

I swear by lip balm. My lips get so dry, especially this time of year! I always wear a light layer under my lipstick and also slather it on before I got to bed.

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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I've heard that it's possible to be addicted to lip balm and sometimes I think I just might be LOL It's just such a necessity especially during the winter months. I use balm on my cuticles and dry skin in a pinch as well.

Mica T said...

Oh I've never thought of lip balm for your nose! My nose does get tdry in winter sometimes but I use Luca's paw paw which is more than just a lip balm so I usually smear it on any dry patches of skin too! :)

Hope you have a great weekend :)

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Miss Val's Creations said...

I love these tips. I never thought to use lip balm on my nose or fingertips before! I can't stand when any of my skin is dry and have been obsessed with lip balm and body lotion since my teens.

Emily Thorpe said...

With it being so cold in England at the moment, I'm reaching for lip balm twice a day! Such a nice feeling though, especially when they smell so great!

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Ashley Sue said...

I definitely cannot live without lip balm! I totally use to use chapstick on the ends of my nose when I had a cold. It would work wonderful when it was all red and raw from being sick. Now I use an ointment of aquafor, but I also use those as lip balms haha!

Rosy Ferry said...

I've been using lipbalm on my nose recently too, after having illness after illness this winter I've had a pretty chapped nose but my trusty old reve de miel lipbalm has been helping.

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Laura - Alagoz said...

Lip balm is a must have for me. At the moment I'm using a lip treatment from Sensai and also a lip balm from Lord & Berry to keep my lips soft and smooth :)

Laura
Pink Frenzy

Diva Desle said...

I have very full lips so I always have to make sure my lips stay moisturised. I get dry lips easily and carry lip balm with me where ever I go. When I was a child I used to lick my lips alot which did a lot of damage around my mouth. Thankfully I grew out of that bad habit ;-) Great post Kim. xxxx

CINDDIE said...

And they taste great! I love those cherry flavored ones!

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Linda Libra Loca said...

I never really thought about using it on my fingers, but I have to try it tonight. My hands are so dry right now!

Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

Pamela RG said...

HI Kim, I can't live without lip balm. I put it on all season. I put it on before lipstick and to soften the lips.

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Tanya Dufour said...

I can't live without lip balm! I use it all through out the day and night! Great points Kim!

Lorena said...

I had no idea that skin cancer was even possible on the lips - wow .
I always keep one at my desk.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the lovely post on how essential lip balm are. Makes a good excuse I can go shopping for lip balm now. I didn't know either that skin cancer can appear on the lips.

PEONY | PEONY IN LOVE

Fashionably Idu said...

I never thought of the cancer aspect. Thanks for shedding some light on this Kim.


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little luxury list said...

Lip balm is a beauty must for me and my little one loves it too (wish she wouldn't keep stealing my Fresh lip balms, girl has expensive taste!)

Yiotou_La said...

Lip balm is a must for winter, I use one every day and carry it with me and I also use it before going to bed.


Yiota
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Gabrielle said...

I have SO much love for lip balm, and for many of the reasons you've mentioned! As well as using on the lips, great advice to use it on crapped fingertips. And I find it's really helpful around the nose during/after a cold too :)

Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

Emmylou MW said...

Kim, I'm a huge lip balm fan! I have tons in every nook of the purse:D And it's also one thing I don't mind buying a lot of of, just because it's so good for many things as you pointed out:)
Hope you're having a great Tuesday so far.

sonia de macedo said...

Wait a minute. We need to protect our lips from the sun. How is it that I'm only learning about this now. And I live in Australia?! Whaaat?! Cue panic attack...

Sxx
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Sharmili R said...

Lip balm is such a boring, everyday item but is still such a must have. I always seem to have one on hand :D I'm ashamed to say I didn't start wearing spf lip balm until 2016 but hey, better late than never XD

Mili | Sharmtoaster

Coco said...

I couldn't live without lip balm! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

I can't live without lip balms. I tend to store it everywhere! I love them so much - everyone around me started using them more often because I keep on telling how good they are. However my husband is better ads for lipbalms - I dunno why but his lips always look better than mine.
I mostly use local brand - it makes my lips look super healthy and has 35 sph

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog

Ivana Split said...

Very informative post. I've never thought of applying lip balm on my fingers in winter, but it is a great idea. Right now I'm using labello...that is my most frequent choice when it comes to lip balms.

I didn't know that most balms contain protection against the sun. That's an useful piece of information.

Have a great weekend!

little luxury list said...

i'm always reaching for my lip balm and I think I told you my little one steals my Fresh lip balms and uses them! It's definitely a staple for me.

LyddieGal said...

What would you recommend as your most moisturizing lip balm? I've been using the eos balls during the day and vaseline in the evenings but my lips (while not terrible) still aren't free of cracking.
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jo said...

I had a good laugh reading this post! My son always complains about my chapped lips. Lol. He puts on vaseline every night and suggests that I do too. :)

xo Jo

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