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You can't just use any old lip balm. Some of them dry out your skin even more than it was to begin with. You should study up and learn to read labels before applying it to your lips.

With Christmas gone and all that’s left of winter are cold days and dark mornings, you need to make sure you’re taking care of yourself the best you can. There’s a variety of ways that the winter months can take a toll on your body, both physically and mentally. The cold weather brings its own problems, and one of these problems is dry, sore and chapped lips. If you aren't addicted to lip balm and even if you are, sore and chapped lips are a common occurrence, but the bane of most people's Winter months.. 

Chapped lips can be very painful at the best of times, but when the winter air dries skin quickly, the skin on your lips is often forgotten about. But this makes choosing your lip balm even more important than ever. There may not seem like there is a massive array of types to choose from, but that’s where you would be wrong. Because there are. And you need to make sure you get the one that will heal your skin and stop causing you pain.

What to Look For In A Lip Balm

You used to be pretty limited in what you got in a lip balm. A small stick, not dissimilar to lipstick that you could carry around in your pocket. These are still available, and they’re a great, handy and cheap way to ease some of the pain, but there’s so much else on the market now, from natural balm to scented and much, much more. The main thing to remember is that there still is only a few to choose from, the rest are all filled with things to dry your skin out further in an attempt to keep you using it.

The price will always dictate the quality you get, because good ingredients come at a premium. Some people are happy with paying a couple of bucks for a lip balm, while others want age defying and nice tasting. These will of course cost you more.

You may be loyal to a certain ingredient in a stick, too. Aromatherapy and natural remedies are a very popular health topic right now, so you may want to line-up your lip balm flavors with tried and trusted ingredients. There are also, however, ingredients to avoid in a lip balm. Take a look below at just a few:

Castor Oil

Castor oil is an irritant that can often cause chapped and sore lips more than help them. It’s a thick oil that some sticks claim to include, but it is one of the most common allergens on the market. Castor oil might be good for your hair, but it will damage your lips. 

Flavoring in General

Flavoring may sometimes be natural, but it would cause dryness if you’re allergic to it. It’s best to know any allergies you have before using any kind of skin healer, lip or otherwise.

Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline

This may seem like a strange one, but petroleum jelly or Vaseline locks in - and out - moisture from the lips which in turn can cause chapping and harsh pain. For the same reason it is used on sporting injuries, it seals a wound which may feel great on application to your lips, but isn’t benefiting them as much as you may like.

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