Sunday, February 10, 2008

Winter Dryness: Lips

Nothing's worse than that chapped-lip burn. Eating or even sipping your favorite tea brings discomfort, not to mention the embarrassment of looking as though you mistook the correct application of Ash Wednesday's forehead swipe. There are enough products out there to drain your bank account and trust fund in a pursuit to cure your ailment. What can you do for a price you can afford?
My perfect remedy has always been Vaseline, the kind that comes in a jar for just 99 cents. I loved it so much, I bought the portable Vaseline for lips, but found that the formula was much thicker and lost in the translation from tub to tube. I've always wished they could harness the original formula in something better for traveling. Like many women, I've tried any number of fixes.Waxy, old Chapstick has never been my favorite and we all know the perils of Carmex, that addictive little pot of lip goo.
I have read a great deal about Burt's Bees, a more natural cure for crusty lip. For $2.99 I walked out of Target with Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil and was instantly pleased with the feel of it. It wasn't too waxy, nor was it tacky. It smelled pleasant and gave my lips a little bit of all-natural color and shine. Finally I think I've found something both portable and satisfying for winter dryness. They also make sheer colors, which I'll probably try later. For now, I think I've found moisture mecca.
Of course one more thing to keep in mind is the effects of consumption. Drinking alcohol or caffeine can dry out your lips. It's best to make sure you are getting your recommended daily amount of hydration in the form of pure H2O. Eat and drink well, and if needed, try that Burt's Bees!

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