Common Myths about Chapped Lips
Fall is coming up fast, and while we love lattes and sweaters, we don't love the chapped lips that comes along with it. Luckily, Glam Cosmetics gave us the deets on how to maintain a healthy pout this season.
True or False: Chapstick is addicting.
False! You don't have nerve receptors in your lips that would allow them to become addicted to lip balm. What you become accustomed to is the feeling of smooth, moisturized lips and often strive for that feeling that Chapstick provides, but you aren’t actually addicted to it. The best thing to use is a lanolin-based lip balm, which will heal and soak into your lips, versus a wax-based lip balm, which lies on top of your lips without being absorbed.
True or False: Wetting your lips will help keep them from chapping.
False! Chapped lips are caused by wetting and drying, so things like licking your lips or even kissing (wink wink!) can cause your lips to chap. If you want to add some color to your lips, try using a lipgloss that has lanolin in it (we love Glam Cosmetics Light Up Lipgloss, $15, launching in drugstores and at target.com this October) so that you can hydrate while achieving the perfect pout.
True or False: Chapped Lips are contagious.
False! Chapped lips are caused by exposure to harsh environmental conditions, such as extreme cold, low humidly or dehydration of the body, so be sure to always keep your lips hydrated.
True or False: Brushing chapped lips with a toothbrush will help heal them.
False! This is a very bad idea, because it can make the chapped lips worse and even lead to cracked lips, which are more prone to infections. In fact, the bristles from the toothbrush will more than likely lead to pulling of the skin, which causes pain and tearing. The best thing you can do to help get rid of the flaky skin is to apply lip balm and then take a warm shower. While you are in the shower, either take your finger or a wet rag and gently rub your lips. This will help to moisturize the lips, and if the skin is ready to come off, it will.
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