I was addicted to lip balm for a VERY long time! And I mean many, MANY, years. A few years ago I got rid of my addiction, but then it slowly came back because I just love the feeling of lip balm on my lips.
Following a surgery in early February, I did not wear makeup for quite a while and all I used on my lips was lip balm. I didn’t always have it close to me and didn’t always apply it on time to keep my lips hydrated, so they would eventually dry up and peel. This cycle seemed to happen every 4-5 days and it was driving me nuts. That’s when I said, enough! Time to kick that addiction in the ass and say buh-bye to lip balm! On March 1st is when I started my lip balm detox (it wasn’t planned like that, it just happened to fall on the first) and here is how it went.
Day 1 my lips were uncomfortable and dry. I carried a face moisturizer with me at all times and applied it to my lips MANY times during the day to alleviate the dryness.
Days 2 to 7 my lips were REALLY uncomfortable. They were VERY dry and peeling. My moisturizer was my best friend and I used it ALL THE TIME. Here’s a picture of my lips at the end of day 2. My lips peeled like that daily for a week.
Day 8 is when I noticed that I started going longer without applying moisturizer. My lips were still peeling, but they were starting to feel more comfortable.
By days 12-13 is when my lips finally stopped peeling on the daily. I still needed to apply moisturizer, but WAY less often than at the beginning.
Since then my lips have been feeling a whole lot better! I still need to moisturize them throughout the day, but I’m reaching for my moisturizer no more than a handful of times per day. At the beginning it was many times per hour.
A lip balm detox is a VERY uncomfortable process and doesn’t happen overnight. The last time I did it, it also took me just over two weeks to get my lips to a normal state so I knew what I was getting into. I was not looking forward to it, but I knew I could do it again.
I’ve since started looking for moisturizing lip products that are NOT lip balms so you can expect some lip product reviews in the future.
Are you addicted to lip balm? Have you ever done a detox?
– Chantal 🙂