For most of my life, I’ve struggled with irritated, peeling, chapped and severely dry lips (as well as the skin around my lips). In case you’re wondering: I never lick my lips, so that is not the cause. Channeling Lady Gaga when I say: “I was born this way.”
My lips are so painfully dry at times… they dictate what I eat, how I eat, and what I do. Also, even if I apply a lipgloss, lipstick or tinted lip balm… I always apply one of the products below for additional moisture. So it’s an understatement to say that I’m obsessed with finding the perfect lip moisturizer.
So what does my perfect lip moisturizer look like?
1) Non irritating 2) Super moisturizing 3) Preventative
Number 3 is the missing piece to the puzzle. I know I’m not alone when I say that I’m tired of having to reapply over and over throughout the day…
I could write a book about all the lip treatments, moisturizers, and balms I’ve tried. For the sake of time, I’ll just mention a few that I keep as my staple.
The most basic and purest form of moisture. Nothing in it to irritate my lips. I typically apply this as soon as I get out of the shower, wash my face, or brush my teeth. I carry this around EVERYWHERE and if I’m without… I’m pretty much in panic mode.
Aquaphor: Healing Ointment
Aquaphor is a good alternative to Vaseline. This one contains petroleum, panthenol (derivative of Vitamin B), glycerin (helps skin hold moisture), and bisabolol (which sooths). This comes in a small easy to carry tube which is great to keep in my purse.
While Vaseline and Aquaphor are my go to lip moisturizers… Lip Medex is the ultimate sidekick. I like to apply Lip Medex under Vaseline or Aquaphor. The cooling effect is perfect in soothing my irritated lips. I also like that Lip Medex is not waxy like other lip products in the form a pot.
I’ve tried many many products and I come back to these 3 basics. Sorry there’s no exciting product for me to recommend to you. My hunt continues for the perfect long lasting and healing lip moisturizer. If there’s something that you swear by… please let me know!
*** Follow up post: “How Boob Cream Changed My Life“***
Special thanks to Ann for suggesting this topic!
p.s. I should mention that I have super sensitive and dry lips (and skin around my lips) compared to the average person. Therefore I’m limited in the products I can choose from because many will irritate my lips. So the 3 mentioned above are what’s worked for me. If you have average dry lips… you definitely have more interesting options and I’m super jealous.