To protect skin and the sensitive lips from drying out in the colder months, many use vaseline. But very few know that vaseline can be far from recommended as a cosmetic, especially when it comes to the prevention of angular cheilitis.
What is Vaseline?
However, there are several downsides when skin care products are used that are made from vaseline:
* Vaseline does not really hydrate or nurture your skin as opposed to cosmetics that are natural and contain beneficial ingredients such as vitamin E.
* Vaseline forms a water-resistant seal over the skin. What happens is that it shuts and blocks the skin’s pores so that the natural ability to get rid of toxins is inhibited,
* Vaseline can dry out your skin even more. Since it gives a false sense of moisture, once you wash off the vaseline it may contribute to even more dryness and cracks.
* Vaseline is said to be harmful for cellular regeneration. What this means is that as opposed to actually helping with the healing process of your skin it will in fact slow it down.
What Are the Alternatives To Vaseline?
Fortunately you don’t have to use vaseline because there are far better and natural alternatives. Whether you want to prevent cheilitis or simply need something in the winter to prevent your lips from cracking and splitting, you should look into the following vaseline alternatives:
Natural creams and chap sticks made from bees wax. There are several known brands you can choose from such as Burt’s Bees Wax Lip Balm, lotions or oils or Waxelene. You can get them in any major pharmacy like CVS or Walgreens. Burt’s Bees Wax comes in many flavors, there are lip balms that in addition contain moisturizing and soothing ingredients such as coconut oil/coconut butter, pomegranate oil and vitamin E. As opposed to vaseline those natural products can make a big difference because those ingredients actively help healing your damaged skin.
When you head out to get a moisturizer or balm for your mouth and lips you should always check the ingredients carefully. The “bad” products will list “mineral oil”, “petrolatum”, “petroleum jelly” or similar as their main ingredients. Avoid them if you can. Have the sales person or pharmacist advise you on cosmetics with all-natural ingredients. The natural products may cost more but it will be well worth it.