Chapped lips?

Winter is my favorite out of the seasons in the year. I love the sound of the rain; i love thunder and lightening and i love wearing cosy clothes and sitting inside with one of my favorite books and my cat on my lap. However for the first time in 33 years this year I am getting some of the so called ‘winter symptoms’ everyone else usually complain about.

Last Friday Steph and I were having a coffee at sky parks and my lips starting feeling dry and sore and they were burning like hell. This never happened to me before – maybe because my body now has less fat, so i feel the effects of the cold more – not that i lost much weight from my lips but its the only explanation I could come up with.

I didn’t have any lip balms with me on that day and of course I started licking my lips – even though I know that licking lips that are sore and dry only makes the situation worse. Licking your lips may bring temporary relief, but as the saliva on your lips evaporates, it dries out your lips even more. On Saturday morning I woke up looking like I had an all night make-out marathon (which, much to my dismay was not the case). So I headed to the pharmacy for my morning shift and immediately reached for this propoli lip balm. As soon as I applied it my lips immediately felt better. Within 24 hours the redness had completely disappeared and within 72 hours my lips where as good as new 😀

Needless to say I am now carrying it around with me. Today whilst at the gym I kept it in my pocket and reapplied every time i had a water break.

Why was it so effective?

It contains Propolis; Aloe vera; tea tree and Vitamin E. Apart from honey bees also produce a compound called propolis from the sap on needle-leaved trees or evergreens. When they combine the sap with their own discharges and beeswax, they create a sticky, greenish-brown product used as a coating to build their hives. This is propolis. I won’t get into the chemistry behind propolis as it contains more than 300 ingredients however we know that Propolis has healing properties; anti-fungal; antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties amongst other things.

It also contains Aloe vera – and we all know that Aloe vera has a lot of healing properties – I am sure many of you have used it at some point to heal a sunburn or some other burn or injury.

Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and it will help prevent bleeding lips from becoming infected.

and finally Vitamin E which is a power antioxidant that can; ease mild burns, help the skin to heal and can even over time help reduce the appearance of scars.

So basically a cocktail of all these ingredients make this lip balm the must have in your handbags/pockets this winter. Its healing properties mean it will also help heal cold sores much more quickly.

And ever since I have tried it i have recommended it to 4 patients at the pharmacy and all 4 told me its amazing. The only thing to keep in mind is that its quite soft so do not press too hard when applying it or u will break the stick 🙂