Chapstick, it’s the BALM
Chapstick, it’s the BALM

Chapstick, it’s the BALM

Tuesday, June 11, 2024


We often are too busy or have other things going on to realize how much of a difference one thing can make. We often get into the habit of using the same products and having the same routines daily. One thing you should include in your routine if you already have not done so, is using chapstick every day. Chapstick has so many benefits and is simple and easy to use. Some of the outside forces chapstick protects you from are:  


Everyone knows what sunburn is and has had it. What we might forget is how to prevent sunburn. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that everyone wears sunscreen everyday with at least an SPF of 30 or higher, water resistance and broad-spectrum protection. The AAD wants to make everyone aware that skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.  


HealthPages say that windburn occurs when our skin is exposed to dry, cold air. One of the primary signs that you have windburn is when your skin develops redness with a burning sensation after being exposed to cold air. Other symptoms of windburn include:  

  • Soreness 

  • Irritation 

  • Peeling 

  • Dryness 

There are many ways to prevent wind burn, but the two simplest ways are wearing sunscreen and wearing chapstick. What a coincidence.  

Dry and cracked lips:

The American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) has written seven tips about how to prevent and heal dry and cracked lips. The tips are: 

  • Use non-irritating lip balm, lipstick or other products that you apply to your lips 

  • Apply a non-irritating lip balm (or lip moisturizer) several times a day and before bed 

  • Slather a non-irritating lip balm with SPF 30 or higher before going outdoors 

  • Drink plenty of water 

  • Stop licking, biting and picking at your lips 

  • Avoid holding items made of metal at your lips (Paperclips, jewelry, etc.) 

  • Plug in a humidifier at home 

The AAD also recommends staying away from harmful ingredients in lip balm such as camphor, eucalyptus, flavoring (cinnamon, citrus, mint and peppermint flavors can be especially irritating to dry, chapped lips), fragrance, lanolin, menthol, octinoxate or oxybenzone, phenol (or phenyl), propyl gallate and salicylic acid.  

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