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4 Lip Balm Ingredients to Avoid

Are you constantly reapplying your lip balm, because no matter how much you put on, your lips just dry out again five minutes later? It could be that you're experiencing a lip balm ingredient to avoid. Many lip balms have ingredients that actually dry your lips out or have other negative properties. To find out whether your favorite gloss has a deal-breaker additive, just read more.

  • Menthol, camphor, and phenol: All three of these ingredients give your lips a deceptive soothing, cooling sensation — but they also dry them out, creating a vicious cycle where you apply your lip balm to get relief . . . from your lip balm.
  • Silicone oil: This additive is put in balms, glosses, and lipsticks to make them last longer and keep pigment from rubbing off your lips. It also, however, locks out moisture.
  • Fragrance: Some fragrance groups, especially when combined with ingredients like alcohol, can suck the moisture right off your lips.
  • Salicylic acid: This is a great acne-fighting ingredient, and it definitely exfoliates well, but in lip glosses and balms it can dry your lips and make them peel — not a pretty combo.
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