Saturday, January 5, 2008

Hi, I'm Lisa and I'm a Lip Balm Addict

I don't know when it happened. I don't know how it happened, but somehow over the last few years I have become addicted to chapstick and all other sorts of balms and "lip treatments". It's an illness I tell you. I feel compelled to have my lips covered in some sort of petroleum goo at least a dozen times a day. I'm not even the kind of girl who wears lipstick fer God's sake! How did this happen?

In addition to the dozens of little tubes I have in almost every room of the house, I have several in my car and my office has at least a half dozen in drawers, paperclip holders and stashed under the computer monitor. I carry 3 with me in my purse at all times, year round. Oh no, chapstick is not a seasonal application for me. It's year round baby. You never know when your lips will feel a tingle, a burn, a touch of dryness.

Today I took gander at the website for my all time favorite, Neosporin Lip Treatment. In the frequently asked questions section was this:

Q.How often can I apply NEOSPORIN LT® Lip Treatment?
A. Apply to the affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily.

3 or 4 times daily!!!! Are these people mad?? I couldn't make it through the morning without 3 or 4 applications.

Luckily for me the Today Show had a segment on this morning all about this very subject and there was a dermatologist on, a cert-tee-fied Doctor and she said it's okay. My addiction to lip balms is okay. Phew. Thanks Doc.

Just so you don't all think I am a total freak, there is a time during the day when I don't even think about putting on Chapstick, or Blistex, or Neosporin LT, and that's right before I go to bed. In fact the bedroom is probably the only place in the house that is a balm free zone. Nope when I go to bed, every single night of my life, I slather my lips in Vaseline.
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