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I suffer from terribly dry and cracked lips. It's not something which happens at any particular time of the year, it just seems to be a condition which I have year round. It's made worse by extremes of weather, definitely, but as I say, it's there all the time and can be a real nuisance. For this reason, I am always on the look out of for a decent type of lip salve or ointment but also one that won't break the bank at the same time.
I have been using Chapstick lip balms since I was in school and they are still going strong today. There are loads of flavours to choose from now and the best one I have found is the (slightly stronger) medicated version. I pay £1.69 from Superdrug for my medicated Chapstick but it lasts me for ages. I like the fact that it's on a kind of swivel stick, which I much prefer to those little tubs and tins you can buy but which I dislike as I feel they attract germs onto the surface every time I swipe my little finger over the top.
This medicated Chapstick is idea for healing and soothing cracked and sore lips but it's also great for preventing the condition from becoming any worse. I always apply it before I take the dog out for its walk, whatever the weather, but especially if it's windy out there.
The smell of this medicated Chapstick is quite distinctive from the 'fruity' varieties out there. I really like it though I would imagine it's probably not to everyone's taste. It is quite thick and creamy and it glides well over my lips without dragging or pulling at them. It sinks into the lips but leaves a slight sheen on the top and I also wear it on top of lipstick as well as on its own. It instantly smoothes, nourishes and moisturises my lips and makes them look far healthier and a lot less dried out than before.
I really love this particular lip balm. To me it's an essential beauty product as well as a medicated balm for the lips.
I get dry cracked lips so I use lip cream and intensive lip repair if they get really bad. I am always on the lookout for new products. As I have been using Chapstick since I was at school I thought I would try the more intensive medicated version and see if that had a longer lasting effect than the standard one.
This medicated Chapstick works in the normal Chapstick way, you apply it to your lips and turn the end as you use it.
This medicated Chapstick is £1.79 from Boots compared to £1.05 forhe standard flavoured Chapstics like Cherry or Apple, the other Chapsticks are cheaper and often on sale.
When I have used this one I have found it is fairly pleasant tasting it goes on easily and you can feel the medicated effect straight away. I try not to use it before I drink coffee or eat crisps as the taste can interfere with your food.
It will last a few hours before you need to apply it again, at 0.15 ounces it will last a few weeks maybe a month or two using it every day.
It does not have too strong a taste, so that you can apply it s often as you like, but I do prefer a nice flavour and they are cheaper at only £1.05. But the medicated Chapstick has extra ingredients too smooth and protect your lips so that has too be priority.
Blistex intensive care is better all round in my opinion but is more expensive , with Blistex at amount £3.
petrolatum, paraffin, paraffinum liquidum, theobroma Cocoa Seed Butter, octyldodecanol, arachidyl propionate, phenyl trimethicone, era alba, oleyl alcohol, camphor, isopropyl lanolate, cera carnauba, Isopropyl myristate, menthol, lanolin, cetyl alcohol, parfum, methylparaben, propylparaben, benzyl benzoate, alpha-Isomethyl ionone.
Buying a lip product, whether that would be a balm or gloss, is something I have not had to do for awhile. It was only when the last product I was using, after inspecting it, made me think ' Wow-how long have I had this for? ' It looked abit old and worn and a tad grubby. So in the bin in went. With the weather changes we have been experiencing for the last few months, my lips one minute have been fine then dry, so I thought I better buy something to put on my lip area to keep it moisturised. I bought this from my local Sainsburys for 56p.
Why did I buy it?
I was looking for something to keep my lips hydrated. Not looking for colour or a cosmetic type product. Just something that would give my lips a slight shine and keep them supple. This product was reduced in price in Sainsburys and I thought it was quite cheap.
What is it?
It's a product that you place on your lips, that relieves dryness, soothes and helps prevent cracking on the lips. The medicated element provides a cooling feeling. Regular use can protect the lips from the elements ( sun, cold, wind etc ) and generally keep them in good condition.
How is it packaged?
This product comes in a small plastic tube ( 2.5 inches long, 0.5 inches wide ) To open, you have to rip off a tiny strip of plastic off the side and then twist the lid, turn then pull off. To use the product you have to turn the bottom of the tube and the product pushes its way up the tube ready for use.
The tube is mainly blue in colour with white writing. The ' Chapstick ' logo is written on the middle with the word medicated just above. On the other side it has the ingredients list, and mentions that once product is opened it has a 12 month shelf life.
Petrolatum, Paraffin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Octyldodecanol, Arachidyl Propionate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cera Alba, Oleyl Alcohol, Camphor, Isopropyl Lanolate, Cera Carnauba, Isopropyl Myristate, Menthol, Lanolin, Cetyl Alcohol, Parfum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone. Store below 25°C.
How to use
Apply throughout the day, when needed, but more so before exposure to wind and cold weather.
What do I think?
Firstly, this is the perfect size. Easy to slip into a pocket or my bag. The packaging makes the product very easy to use and I like the fact the lid is quite secure when placed onto the tube, so I don't have to worry about rummaging in my bag trying to find a lost lid! Very good for hygiene as well.
Product isn't coloured. Same look as you would expect from Vaseline ( colouring that is ) but in a solid form. There is a slight scent to it, but its not strong. A slightly sweet minty smell. Fresh and not obvious.
Application was easy. When placed on the lips the product simply glided. Very smooth and soft, and I didn't have to put any pressure on application as it wasnt needed. Lips felt moisturised, with a slight greasy feel to it. This is what I would expect anyway with a product like this. The medicated element does kick in not long after application, as my lips felt cool and refreshed. Not tingling, or anything strong.
Lips looked hydrated and shiny. Very healthy and supple. I didn't have to keep reapplying as I found my lips looked and felt like this for a good few hours. You don't have to use much of this product, so I can see this lasting awhile despite how small it is.
No taste to it.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. It keeps my lips from getting dry, makes them look healthy and this product was very cheap to buy. I would be curious to know what other versions of this product are like, so may choose another variation. #
This product,and other variations, are available in most supermarket, chemist chains.
I use this ChapStick as I am a regular sufferer of cold sores and this particular balm provides temporary relief of pain associated with blisters and cold sores in addition to preventing and protecting against chafed, chapped and cracked lips. I do use other Chapsticks as well but always have one of these for when my lips need a bit of TLC.
The packaging is a pretty light blue with white writing and has the usual lipstick type twist action to get the balm up to use. It tastes a bit minty and menthol with a very pleasant taste and you get the feeling that the active ingredients are working as soon as you apply it. This is probably due to the camphor, cooling menthol and phenol which helps to relieves pain. Your lips slightly tingle at first but this is quite a pleasant sensation.
The ingredients are arachidyl propionate, carnauba wax, cetyl alcohol, cocoa butter, fragrance, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate, lanolin, light mineral oil, methylparaben, octyldodecanol, oleyl alcohol, paraffin, phenyl trimethicone, propylparaben, white wax.
I would not use this all the time as I do use other balms for everyday use but when my lips get very sore and cracked due to the cold weather and winds or get a cold sore I start to use this straight away. My lips feel much softer and smoother after a few uses and my cold sores do seem to disappear much quicker than if I don't use it.
I bought my last one from Boots chemist for £1.79 but you can buy it from most chemists and supermarkets and maybe a bit cheaper. I do use Boots as often as I can as I collect the points and then buy myself a little treat when the have mounted up.
It is recommended to apply to lips not more than 3 to 4 times a day due to the active ingredients and is not suitable for children under 2 years old.
To me this lip balm does two different things, it moisturises your lips and also soothes pain from severely chapped lips, blisters and cold sores. I would recommend anyone who likes to take care of their lips to keep one of these handy at all times.
Prevents and relieves dry, chapped and cracked lips.Particularly suitable for sensitive, sore lips / Chapstick Medicated contains menthol and camphor to relieve and soothe sore lips and contains cocoa butter to soften lips, relieve dryness and help prevent cracking.