At any given time, I have up to 3 tubes of Burts Bees Chapstick on me. I would estimate that I put on chapstick about 2-3 times per hour. I had a friend once tell me that he’s never seen anyone put on as much chapstick as I do. I wouldn’t say that I’m addicted, but if for some reason I forgot my chapstick at home, I would stop at the closest store to pick up another one.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my Facebook friends posted a status that said putting on chapstick more than twice a day is unhealthy for your lips. I thought, “he’s crazy,” but then I saw about half a dozen people commenting and saying how they had heard that before, too. The horror! There’s such a thing as too much chapstick?! I “investigated” and found out that the general consensus says… It’s true.
Apparently, by giving your lips this little treat you’re actually drying them out. How the heck does that happen? Well, they say your body doesn’t realize your lips are dry and therefore doesn’t produce the necessary nutrients to keep them hydrated… Causing you to use more chapstick. Get it? It’s a vicious cycle.
So, whats a chapstick addict to do? Go to Lip Balm Anonymous, of course.
Yes, this is real. Their “primary purpose is to stay free from lip balm and to help others achieve the same freedom.” There’s even a 12-step program to recover from your lip balm addiction. Thank goodness there are other people out there to help people defeat this “addiction.”
Now, after giving you all these facts and knowing the “truth,” will I cut back on my chapstick-using? Absolutely not. Sorry. I’d rather not have my lips dry and cracked (and I bet my boyfriend would agree).
I must note, however, that I never found a scientific study backing up this so-called lip balm “addiction.” In fact, some studies call this theory bogus. Nonetheless, I thought this was an interesting concept–people being addicted to lip balm.