Dry, cracked lips? Not you! Winter's hash winds are no match for the obsession with your No. 1, never-leave-home-without-it beauty product

By Alyssa Sparacino
Updated: January 13, 2016

Conspiracy theorists would tell you that popular lip balms actually dry out your lips, leading you to reapply at the faintest sign of dryness-and the cycle repeats all. day. long. You're response: You're far too committed to this relationship to begin questioning your favorite lip balm's intentions now.

We get it. But are you really just treating rough winter skin, or are you dependent on this drugstore staple? Here's how to tell if you're seriously addicted to lip balm. Remember the first step is admitting it.

There's a tube on your nightstand, in your car console, in your makeup bag, in your gym locker, at your office desk, in the kitchen junk drawer, and currently in your pocket-you never know when you might need it, OK?!

You've actually made a friend/parent/Uber turn around so you could go get it. "This will just take a second! BRB!"

Finding your favorite tube hidden inside a jacket pocket is WAY better than finding a crumpled up $10.

(After all it's an essential part of the 7 Tips for Beautiful Lips)

Oh no-the meeting is running long. You can see your desk from here. You can make it, you tell yourself. Just a few more minutes. Destiny's Child's "Survivor" starts to play in your head.

The good news: Of all the skin on your body, your lips have one of the highest cell turnover rates, says Dr. Elizabeth Callahan, M.D., a dermatologist in Sarasota, Florida.

You meet someone at a bar, and you think 'Wow, this guy seems normal-finally!' Then you notice his flaky lips (Bleh!), and the conversation in your head turns to "What kind of a person are you? Were you raised by wolves?"

(Doesn't he know you can Cure Chapped Lips in 3 Quick and Easy Steps?)

You swipe one last time before heading into spin class, and make sure not to lick your lips even once when you rehydrate-you can't risk the need to reapply.

Licking your lips damages the protective barrier, which can dry out the lips, says Robert Brodell, M.D., a dermatologist in Warren, Ohio.

The feeling you get when you dig in your bag and realize that for once you actually don't have your lip balm-sheer panic.

Someone asks you if you could live without lip balm, and all you can think is, "What kind of a twisted person says something like that?"


Comments (1)

January 22, 2018
I was seriously addicted to lip balm until my lips and the skin around them started peeling like crazy. The more I applied, the worse it got. I tried everything, rosehip oil, coconut oil, face moisturizer, mentholatum, Vaseline, sugar scrubs. The only thing that worked and has now corrected my lips is vaseline. I use it in the morning and at night and try not to lick my lips during the day. I do not use lip balm anymore, just a matte lipshade.