Thursday, June 24, 2010
Lip Balm Addiction? Is it for real?
I can't say about you guys, but I do always need a lip balm on my lips. Or a gloss. Or a lipstick. Basically anything - even if it is regular petroleum jelly, I need to have something smooth on my lips.
There is a site lip balm anonymous that talks about lip balm addiction with the same seriousness as if it were cocain addiction. Frankly the site seems like a very bad joke, and looks like a spoof. I first saw this site two years ago but dismissed it as urban legend.
Now as it turns out, lip balm addiction does exist and it is for real. This article by the Beauty Brains explains that using lipbalm slows down the production of new moist lip skin cells as it leads the lower layer of cells to wrongly beleive that there is no need, as the surface cells are moist, therefore new, all the time.
Since the production of new moist cells is low, the lip surface largly consists of dry, dead cells. When we don't apply the lip balm, our lip skin surface starts to chap because of all these dead cells. The lower cell layer gets taken by surprise as all this while it had been lulled into slow production, but it takes them a few days to bump up the production rate.
In the mean time, our lips are feeling super uncomfortable, so we again reach for our lipbalm. The lip surface cells are soothed by the sudden burst of moisture and the new moist cell production rate again slows down - meaning that we have trained our lips to rely on this balm.
However despite now being aware that I am now, also, scientifically - Addicted to Lip Balm (I thought I was only Addicted to Blush), I am still not gonna get therapy or do anything much about it.
As I see it, this addiction doesn't seem to be life-threatning and if some cell layers in my body get to slack off coz of balm I am ok with that. As it is the rest of the body has to work hard.
Infact I am going to go ahead and share with you some of my favourite lip balms:
1. Nivea Tinted Lipbalm: I love all of them, Strawberry, Dragon-fruits & Cherry (in that order). Cost Rs. 129 for a tube, I love the lovely tints of these lipbalms. Read review here
2. Neutrogena Lip Balm (Norwegian formula): I love this baby for night time care. Has SPF too, but I apply a thick layer at night, and wake up in the morning to very soft lips. Read review here
3. Jordana Lip Jelly Juicy Tints: Affordable, smell fruity smells, nice range of color, and have a glossy finish. What else does a girl need? Read review here
4. Colorbar Juicy Candy Gloss tubes: I know, this is a gloss, but it also doubles up as an excellent lip softner for chapped babies. Plus it lets you shimmer as well. Read review here
Are you too, ahem, Addicted to Lip Balm? If yea, What's your Poison?