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5 Can’t Live Without Drug Store Skin Care Products

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5 Can’t Live Without Drug Store Skin Care Products

1. Make Up Remover Wipes
These are the BEST when I’m traveling because they won’t spill and you can stash them in your carry-on if you’re flying. I also love them when I’m having a lazy night.

2. Blistex Medicated Ointment
I recently did a post about lip balm addiction (read it here) and I’m now only using Blistex sparingly. After some research I learned that lots of make-up artists use it because it’s a great lipstick base because it makes your lips smooth. Just apply the ointment, wait 5 minutes, then apply your lipstick.

3. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen
iconI really love this sunscreen because it isn’t as greasy and slimy as most on the market. I’m a Melanoma survivor so sun protection is something I don’t skimp on! This one is great because I can layer my make-up over it and it doesn’t slide off.

4. e.l.f. Zit Zapper
I was skeptical of this when I first saw it but I’ve been using it for several months and am happy with it. I don’t break out often but I get the occasional blemish when I’m stressed out. This product is applied with a roller ball so I prevent zits by rolling it all around the places I usually get them. If one starts to appear I treat it several times a day until it disappears. It’s not going to completely erase Mt. Vesuvius overnight but it will help if you use it regularly over a few days.

5. Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask
I LOVE this exfoliating mask! I have used St. Ives once or twice a week in the shower for years but I think this is going to shake up my usual routine! This mask is really quick- just 5 minutes but I can tell the difference immediately. Since moving to Maryland over the summer my skin has been adjusting. I have seen more black heads and after using this, there were noticeably fewer. I also love that it isn’t a mask that dries and gets hard and itchy. Also, my skin didn’t feel tight and super shiny afterward which is another thing I dislike about other masks.

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5 Ways to Beat Lip Balm Addiction

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I have used lip balm pretty heavily since middle and high school. Nobody wants to kiss somebody with crusty lips so I carried around my trusty Carmex
iconand it never left my pocket. I kept them in my car, purse, locker, make up bag, night stand drawer…pretty much everywhere. I would get a little panicky if I ended up somewhere without it.

Now, you’re probably laughing about this little “addiction” of mine but hear me out.

I was not addicted to the act of putting it on. My lips stopped producing the natural oils they are supposed to because I never gave them the chance. If I went longer than a few hours without applying something my bottom lip would split right down the middle. My lips would also get hard, dry patches on either side of the split that would flake off after a few days. It was painful and made wearing lipstick impossible.

I had heard of lip balm addiction a few times before and sort of just shrugged it off but after a few days with a gnarly split lip recently, I looked into it a bit more.

After reading several articles and browsing Lip Balm Anonymous (I’m not even kidding, it’s a real website) I decided to try to get my lip problems under control. Here’s what I’m doing:

5 Ways to Beat Lip Balm Addiction

1. weaning- I decided to go the route of slowly eliminating lip balms. I started tossing out my tubes of Carmex as I came across them. I also made an effort to wait longer periods of time before I reapplied lip balm.

2. licking- I read over and over the advice, “just stop licking your lips!” I kept shaking my head, “I don’t lick my lips, I’m not 5!” Guess what? I kept catching myself licking my lips. Not sloppy and all over like a kid but I was still doing it enough to dry out my lips.

3. natural moisture- As I started weaning my lips off the balm I increased applying coconut
and sweet almond oil. My lips still needed some help as the cracks healed and I felt much better about these natural oils than the Carmex.

4. gentle exfoliation- I started doing a better job of exfoliating my lips to help get the flakes off. Previously I tried brushing with my toothbrush, sugar scrubs, and chewing on my lips. None of that really worked and the chewing made it worse. I found that gently scrubbing my lips in a circular motion with a wet washcloth in the shower has helped a lot.

5. Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment
iconI hesitated listing this because it can probably be just as addicting as Carmex but it has helped heal my deep splits. Instructions say to apply no more than 3-4 times a day so I am sticking with 2-3 for now and will step it down as my lips are still in the weaning process.

Another option is to quit “cold turkey.” You have to just suffer through and not use anything on your lips until they heal. It has a lower success rate and sounded terrible and painful and disgusting so I went with the weaning option! It has been about 3 weeks and I’m starting to feel like my lips are getting back to a good place. A place where smiling wont crack my lips and make them bleed!