Chapped Lips Got You Down?

This time of year is when we all seem to have frequently dry skin, hair and lips. Sure, there are tons of remedies for these ailments like lotions, balms, masks and ointments, but for chapped lips these products might be contributing to the problem instead of resolving it. Even your toothpaste might be contributing. Read why and discover possible solutions to healing your chapped lips in the article from Allure Magazine below.

During the winter, the cold, dry air does a number on our beauty routines?hello static-y hair and bone dry skin. It seems like we have chapped lips for months, but according to dermatologists, the weather might not be entirely to blame. It might actually have more to do with some of your regular grooming products.

Here?s the thing: Even at their best, your lips are sensitive AF, says Sejal Shah, a dermatologist in New York City. ?The lip skin is very thin and doesn?t have the oil glands that other areas of your skin have,? she tells Allure. ?That can make them more susceptible to drying than other parts of the skin.?

That also makes your lips more sensitive to irritants like phenols, sodium lauryl sulfates and menthol, which are not uncommonly found in your go-to tubes of toothpaste and lip balm. ?Your toothpaste and even your chapstick can cause reactions to certain ingredients,? Shah says. What may start as a little extra irritation, can turn into a full blown reaction leaving your lips, red, itchy and flaking. ?It?s the next level of dryness,? she says.

If you find yourself with chronically chapped lips, it might be worth switching to simpler formulas like

Tom?s Natural Fluoride Toothpaste

(or a charcoal toothpaste like

, which we love), says Shah, who also recommends staying away from flavored formulas if you?re really sensitive.

More tips to relieve chapped lips:

  1. The Chapped-Lips Hack That Costs 17 Cents
  2. Fix Chapped Winter Lips With This Two-Step Hack
  3. The Scary Thing Your Chapped Lips Could Be Telling You

Your lip balm?and its ingredients?might also be to blame. ?It creates a cycle where your lips are dry, so you apply more chapstick, which only creates temporary relief before leaving them dryer,? says Shah of the ironic chapped lip culprit. ?When it comes to lip balm I?m pretty simple. I think Aquaphor and Vaseline do a pretty good job,? she says. ?If you?re going to be outside, I do recommend having an SPF in your lip product, so I recommend Color Science Lip Care.?

The bottom line: when you?re sensitive, reach for products with simple ingredients.

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How Chemicals Interact With Your Skin

Have you ever wondered how different chemicals and solvents in various products interact with your skin? For example, is an ingredient in one of your ointments the reason you are breaking out or developing dark spots? Lucky for us, research has been done involving common solvents found in products we use and how they interact with different skin types. Read the introduction in the article below, then follow the link to continue reading more on this.

Researchers have developed a method that makes it possible to see how individual molecules from solvents in skin creams, medicated ointments and cleaning products affect and interact with the skin?s own molecules.


Umbrella Shade No Good?

A study has been conducted comparing umbrellas to sunscreen (with SPF 100) in quality of skin protection when exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time. The results were surprising. According to the article from Elle Magazine below, sunscreen won the battle based on this study’s set-up. So next time you go to the beach think about leaving the umbrella behind and just opting for high SPF sunscreen to avoid sun burn.

Umbrellas are a beach staple for a reason?and not just because they’re colorful. Seeking shade?under an umbrella, leafy palm tree, or canopy?is one of the fundamental pillars of smart sun protection. But a new study published in JAMA Dermatologyhas discovered that ducking under an umbrella while at the beach is not nearly as effective as previously thought.

The randomized clinical trial looked at the effectiveness of shade from an umbrella versus a sunscreen with an SPF value of 100 (more on that in a second). The 81 participants from Texas spent three and a half hours on the beach during the middle of the day, armed with either just an umbrella or just sunscreen. The researchers found that a whopping 78% of participants seeking shade under an umbrella later developed a sunburn, compared to the 25% who developed a sunburn using the sunscreen. Even though the participants stayed under the umbrella the whole time, and were constantly monitored and adjusted to reduce their direct exposure, the umbrella was just not effective at blocking UVB radiation, the kind that leads to sunburns. The study further proves what the Skin Cancer Foundation and dermatologists across the world already preach: a multi-pronged approach to sun protection, including shade, sunscreen, protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours, is most effective at saving your skin.

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It’s also important to note that an SPF 100 sunscreen, like the kind used in the study, is essentially no more protective than a formula with half the SPF value. In fact, an SPF 50 sunscreen blocks 98 percent of UV radiation, which is just about as good as you can get. An SPF 30 sunscreen, by comparison, blocks nearly 97 percent. The FDA has previously called high-SPF values “inherently misleading” and has proposed legislation in place to force manufacturers into labeling such formulas SPF 50+, like they do in Europe and Canada.