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Do You Ever Lick Your Lips? Lip Licking Will Dry Them Out!

If your lips are dry it's hard to avoid licking them. But if you lick your lips, you'll make them worse. Why not moisten your lips naturally?
Do You Ever Lick Your Lips? Lip Licking Will Dry Them Out!

Are your lips dry and cracked or moist and kissable? At this time of year a lot of people are suffering from dry cracked lips. That’s because the weather is cold and the heat is on. Humidity is way down. Every time you lick your lips you make them worse. I’ll bet just thinking about your dry lips makes you want to lick them. Don’t do it! We have something much better. Our People’s Pharmacy Natural Lip Care just went on sale at 25% off! What better way to love your lips and save money too?

Lick Your Lips & Make Them Worse!

There are two possible reasons why lip licking dries your lips. A renowned dermatologist once told us that 1) licking lips removes the natural oil barrier secreted by your lips. And 2) as your saliva evaporates, it dries out your lips even faster. Think of it as short term gain, long term pain.

Beware Sunscreen in Your Lip Balm!

Most of the popular lip balms contain sunscreen ingredients. That may be fine in the summer when you are at the beach. It makes almost no sense in the winter unless you are planning on skiing in bright sunlight.

A little-known downside to lip balms that contain sunscreens is the irritation factor. Do you ever read the ingredient list on your lip balm? Most people can’t pronounce these chemicals and wouldn’t know why they are there. Here are sunscreen ingredients that may cause some people trouble:

Sunscreen Ingredients in Lip Balms:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Benzophenone-3
  • Octocrylene
  • Parsol SLX
  • Octisalate

Why Should You Care?

It seems counterintuitive that a lip balm could cause the very irritation you are trying to prevent. Yet here are some articles that discuss allergic-type reactions in susceptible people. (Contact Dermatitis, Feb. 2014Dermatitis, Dec. 2007Dermatitis, July-Aug. 2015Contact Dermatitis, July, 2006).

What happens to lip balm? Where does it go? Lip balm does not just evaporate. Chances are you will swallow some of it. Lip balms that contain sunscreens may have endocrine disrupting chemicals. Most people would prefer not to swallow extra chemicals that can mimic hormones. 

Toothpaste Trouble and Lip Sensitivity:

When your lips are already dry and sensitive, the last thing you would want to do to them is add further irritation. And yet many toothpastes contain the ingredient SLS (sodium laurel sulfate). It is a foaming agent. It is also a detergent that is found in many personal care products such as soaps and shampoos. It is a common ingredient in toothpastes.

You have been told to beware detergents on your dry, chapped hands. Why would you put a detergent and emulsifier in your mouth and on your lips? It’s hard to avoid some contact with your lips when you are brushing.

Why Not Go Natural? Save Your Lips!

One of the most renowned natural product chemists in the country helped us develop People’s Pharmacy Natural Lip Care for the lips. He worked for one of the most famous natural cosmetic companies in the world.

We were fortunate to have him formulate our all-natural lip care to soothe your chapped lips. The products come in two terrific natural flavors: pomegranate and berry. They contain natural oils: olive oil, coconut oil and jojoba oil to moisturize that delicate skin. Even more important, they contain no petroleum products at all, nor do they have sunscreens that can sometimes be irritating.

Take Advantage of our 25% OFF Winter Sale!

You can save 25% when you buy 6 of our Pomegranate Lip Care or 6 of our Berry Lip Balm

Reader Testimonials:

Here is what people have to say about our People’s Pharmacy Lip Balms:

Susan offers this vote of confidence:

“About five years ago, I developed allergies reactions to any lip balm, even the “natural” ones. I have tried many1 I’ve been using The People’s Pharmacy Pomegranate lip balm for at least three years without any allergic reactions on my lips. It’s been such a relief to have found a lip balm I can safely use.”

Anne in New York gives us 5 stars out of 5!

“I Love that I do not have to keep reapplying your lip balm. I have used Chap-Stick forever (I am 72) here and in England. Your lip balm is the best. I love the taste and have one in every pocket so I am never without. Would definitely recommend.”

Wendy offers great advice for stocking stuffers:

“I have tried so many lip balms over the years! This is the one I am sticking with. It stays on longer than any others I have used. It keeps my lips feeling better than any of the rest of the natural ones I have tried, and the taste is so mild that it doesn’t offend my nose or lips at all.

“I ordered a bunch to give to friends and clients for Christmas gifts. The tube lasts a long time, too, and I have noticed no rancidity in the ones I have from last year. Great product, as is the MoM deodorant. Thank you.”

We don’t put our products on sale very often. Stock up now and have soft lips for the rest of the winter!

Pomegranate Lip Care

Berry Lip Balm

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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