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Lipstick seems to be making my lips so chapped! I've tried different brands of lipsticks and lip balms (even Burt's Bees) but nothing seems to make them smooth and soft. They seem to be getting worse.
The best product I've ever used for chapped lips is plain old vaseline! You can wear it underneath lipstick or I usually just use it with a lip liner and call it good! Or if you don't want to wear it during the day, or I do this when my lips get bad, you can use a toothbrush to brush the dead skin away and slather a layer of vaseline or Carmex before bed!
I had this exact same problem - especially with the long-wearing, all-day lip color like you described and the gloss that goes on over it. I also wondered if some of my older lipstick was causing a problem as well. I quit using the long-wearing kind and got rid of the older lipstick and put on lots of Vaseline, as others have stated. My lips are fine now, but it was very frustrating. Now I've been using a very inexpensive brand (Jane) from Walmart, and I really like it.
The long-lasting stuff is notoriously drying.
You might try a lip gloss. There are many out there and come tinted or clear, in sticks, pots and tubes and in all price ranges (including the cheap 99 cent brands.) They contain petrolatum which is the active ingredient in vaseline- but they smell, taste, and look better than plain vaseline.
Try eliminating all lip products containing SPF (sun protection factor). I am allergic to the ingredients that make up SPF. It causes my lips and skin around the lips to become red, chapped and flaky. It's hard to find cosmetics without SPF these days but it will be listed of the lable. Find something without SPF and try just that for 1 week or so to give your lips time to heal the chapping and irritation.
I always use flavored chapstick under my lip stick. Just put it on a few minutes ahead and then apply the lipstick over it. Your lipstick may not stay on as long but your lips will feel much better.
I play trumpet and always have TERRIBLE chapped lips because of it. My uncle plays trumpet in the Marine Corps, and he recommended Vitamin E oil. Voila! No more trumpet lips! You can get it in capsules, then poke open the end (carefully!) with a pin or small knife. Then squeeze it out the end and on to your lips.
Also, hydration is VITAL!!!
I have been really happy with Aveeno's lip balm. Badger Balm also had a good one, but it is harder to find. I tend to have chapped lips often because I suffer from allergies and have a stuffed nose much of the year.
If you want "lipstick", I recently purchased some Lancome lipstick and it is very nice. It goes on very smooth and moisturizes too. It is more expensive but is so much better.
I agree - I used to use a lip balm made by Neutrogena - the color was perfect & it was very soothing. I had 5-6 tubes at one time (caught it on sale). Unfortunately they stopped making it & I haven't found anything that comes close. I do however use Mentholatum (not Vick's Vaborub) every night and have for 40+ years. It is the most soothing thing I have found for chapped lips! I use it during the day when I am at home. Burt's Bees is better tolerated than many, but still irritates. Why can't they just market something that's good for the lips & looks good??
When I see people praising particular products I get skeptical that its paid social media specialist paid to do it. I think its good to talk about, and know, what ingredients people react to rather than products as product ingredients in content and volume change (I also started my career working in CPG in NYC with agencies).
The companies that make lipstick put an irritant in it so you'll keep buying it.
I'm using A&D ointment. My chapped lips are part stress, & I think my face cream is also causing the problem. I must be sleeping on a spot where I put face cream on & it rubbed off on the sheets/pillowcase. My choice are wrinkles or chapped lips. Either way, I've got to go organic with no irritants or chemicals.