How does lip balm protect your lips?

Lip care

Care and UV protection for the sensitive skin of the lips

Lips often become rough and cracked, especially in the cold season. This is because the skin on the lips reacts sensitively to the change between the cold air outside and the dry, heated air in the room. The fat contained in lip care products protects our lips from drying out. It is not always a lip balm stick. Lip balm is also available in small jars.

Why do lips need special care?

The The skin of the lips is relatively thin. It only consists of 3 to 5 layers of cells. For comparison: the skin of the face consists of around 16 layers of cells. Besides, the Lip skin not hairy and owns almost no sweat and sebum glands. This means that this area of ​​the skin cannot form a protective film of moisture and oils. Weather influences such as heat or cold and dry heating air can therefore quickly cause lips to become chapped - and not just in winter.

One often hears the phrase "Don't wear lip care products too often, otherwise the skin will get used to them and produce less sebum itself." While this assumption is widespread, it is wrong. Due to the very small number of sebum glands in the area of ​​the lip skin, the independent sebum production for greasing is minimal.

Other causes of dry and chapped lips

The weather or the indoor air is not always to blame for the lips feeling dry and chapped. Our diet also affects the condition of our (lip) skin. A lack of important nutrients can be seen in cracked lips and torn corners of the mouth, among other things.

  • Unbalanced diet: An unhealthy diet can lead to dry and chapped lips due to a lack of minerals and vitamins. Torn corners of the mouth, for example, are often caused by a lack of iron.
  • Drinking too little: The lack of fluid in the organism can make the lips dry out. Especially in the cold season, you should make sure to drink enough water and unsweetened tea every day.

If the lips are permanently dry or cracked corners of the mouth have not healed after 2 to 3 days, a visit to the doctor is recommended. There you should clarify whether there is a possible deficiency in B vitamins, zinc or iron, which leads to constant dryness of the lips.

Ingredients in lip care products

Optimal lip care should do the following:

  • supply the lips with moisture and oil
  • protect the lips from environmental influences such as intense sunlight or salt water

Most lip care products consist mainly of waxes and fats, as well as other cosmetic additives.

Some lip care products contain mineral oils. However, the oil blocks the skin cells. The opposite effect occurs: the lips dry out and the care product has to be reapplied. In this context one speaks of a Lip balm addiction. The labels belong to the mineral oils Petrolatum and paraffin. Petroleum jelly also contains mineral oil derivatives.

Can a dependency on lip balm sticks develop?

There is no physical dependence. Rather, it is about excessive use of lip care products. However, by constantly applying cream to the lips, there is a habituation effect. You lose the feeling of how the healthy lip skin feels in its normal state.

Certified natural cosmetics do not use mineral oil. They used vegetable oils instead, likeCocoa butter, coconut oil, jojoba oiland almond oil. They keep the lips from drying out.

Tea tree oil has a regenerating and soothing effect. Also Beeswax is found frequently. Products that accelerate wound healing contain resins and botanicals.


In summer, you should use lip care products that primarily provide moisture. In winter, fatty products are important. In summer as well as winter, lip balm sticks come with one UV protection a good choice. Winter sports enthusiasts in particular should not underestimate the effects of the winter sun, the light of which is reflected by snow.

Lip balm

In contrast to lip balm, a lip balm has a softer, creamier consistency. It helps with torn lips. Often found in the balm essential oilsthat promote wound healing and at the same time keep the lips from drying out.

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Lip balm sticks

Lip balm sticks are extremely practical to use. While the finger has to be used to apply the balm and this results in losses, with the pencil everything really ends up exactly where it should be. This not only makes it more economical, but also more hygienic. In addition, the care product can be spread very easily and evenly on the lips.

Already knew?

The rotating sleeve mechanism was developed by Oskar Troplowitz over 100 years ago. The first pen with this mechanism was the Labello, released in 1909. Thanks to this handy, clean packaging, lip balm sticks are perfect for taking with you everywhere in everyday life. So the right care is always ready!

For cold sores, we recommend using lip balm sticks Manuka honey. This is made by bees from the nectar of the Manuka, also known as the South Sea myrtle. It has a disinfecting and antibacterial effect. The Manuka lip balm is ideal for supporting the treatment of skin infections. Manuka honey is also used in wound care for children or diabetics.

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Lip creams

In contrast to lip balms and lip care sticks, lip creams are richer and contain a lot of oily substances. They are used for intensive care for very chapped and dry lips. Therefore, the lip cream is primarily an alternative for the lips in stressful times.

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As of: 03/30/2021

For reasons of better legibility, the male form is used in the text for personal names. It goes without saying, however, that the information relates to members of both sexes.