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Lip balm usually comes in a stick or in a small pot and is petroleum based, which forms a protective barrier over the lips. Some lip balms contain vitamins, UV sunscreen, tints, glosses and extra moisturisers. You need to re-apply the lip creams quite often during the day since it wears off very quickly.
Lipstick, even those that claim to be extra moisturising are no substitute to balms since they do not have a high enough percentage of the emollient, so lip balm should be applied underneath the lipstick for very dry or chapped lips.
‘Long lasting’ lipsticks are based on silicon which has a higher staying power on the lips but does dry out the lips. Lip balm should be applied underneath these types of lipsticks.
Cold winds, central heating, dry air and other environmental factors drain your skin and lips of moisture, and hence during winter you should keep them well moisturised.
In the summer, the Sun can also dry out the skin and lips and since there is no protective melanin the UVA light can cause drying and furrowing of the skin around the lips. This can be minimised by using sunscreen lip balms.
lip balms contain Camphor, Menthol and Beeswax which give the lips
a cool tingling feeling that not only moisturise the lips but also
has a soothing effect on particularly dry lips.
If you have been infected by the virus, avoid close contact as this is particularly contagious. The virus is easily triggered by factors, e.g. sun, wind, stress etc.
is no real cure for the cold sore virus, but aciclovir can stop an
attack if applied early enough.
Sheer lipsticks have a greater percentage of oils and waxes than colour pigment, giving a subtle sheen.
Matte lipsticks have a good colour, giving a bold finish.
Glossy lipsticks have a low staying power but have a more dramatic effect.
Pearl lipsticks contain iridescent molecules which fuse together, giving contrasting shades e.g. white and blue etc.
Treatment lipsticks contain menthol and dimethicone in a colour balm, which are applied to dry and chapped lips to ease the discomfort.
lasting lipsticks contain silicon which evaporates on contact
with air. The colour pigments in this formula are particularly strong
and matte and once the silicon evaporates, the colour pigments firmly
adhere to the lips. Although this lasts all day the accompanying
dryness can be quite uncomfortable.