I find this interesting:
I use lip balm, but I am not addicted. I use it only after I brush my teeth, 2 or 3 times a day. Chapstick and carmex are drying, but that is why I don't use them. That is why I started this thread. I think the balm I use is uniquely wonderful, but unknown. I am very aware of the addicting nature of some of these over the counter products as I was addicted to afrin nasal spray in high school. heinous.
What is so funny to me is you feel you can't avoid shampooing. I only wash my hair with shampoo once every three or four months. Usually after travel. I agitate it in the shower daily, but with no soap. And my hair never smells or is oily. (Yes, others are in a position to tell me if it were so) It actually looks better, and falls more naturally, than it ever did when I washed it.
Moral is, I guess, in all likelihood, we don't need any of this stuff we use. But I like my balm.
Originally Posted by Spirit of 69
I never use them. Because like all cosmetics and skin care products, they have a long-term detrimental effect, i.e. the skin gets used to them and ends up needing them.
I wash my face in hot water, no soap. I have lovely spot-free, normal skin, not dry and not oily.
I've now also gone over to a battery razor and find that it is much kinder to the skin. So no more shaving cream either.
I stopped used aftershave and E de C several years ago.
Obviously shower and hairwashing I can't avoid but I use a fragrance free simple and ecological
shampoo and a shower oil as opposed to soap.
Lips can look after themsevles in rough weather, mine do up here in Sweden.
But once you start using lip-balms you break down the lips natural oils and resistance to cold and wet.
Lip balm...no way...it's the slippery slope my friends.