· Get lip balms with moisturizing ingredients: This includes petrolatum, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and dimethicone which are all good at restoring moisture. The most important thing is to use a balm that’s viscous, not waxy, so ingredients penetrate fissures. If you have chronic chapping, look for a lip treatment that contains ceramides, which help restore the skin barrier.
· What to avoid: Anyone with eczema should make sure her balm doesn’t contain lanolin. Since fragrance is the number one skin allergen, stay away from heavily scented or flavored balms; cinnamon can be particularly irritating. (Menthol actually soothes itching, though.)