The concept for this lip balm with sunscreen is intriguing: The applicator tip of this standard Chapstick-style tube has wavy ridges meant to massage lips and help remove dead, dry skin. Unfortunately, it seems that no one at Blistex tried this before launching it, because the ridged tip doesn’t work for massaging anything, which really doesn’t matter all that much because lips don’t need to be massaged. A bigger frustration is that the ridges also don’t work to remove dry, flaky skin—they simply move it around, with flakes ending up in other spots—on your mouth or on the applicator itself (so each time you reapply this you’re redepositing flakes on your lips unless you wipe it off first). Getting past the packaging novelty that doesn’t work very well, this would have been a very good lip balm whose sunscreen includes avobenzone for reliable UVA protection. Unfortunately, it is not recommended because it contains menthol, an irritant neither chapped nor healthy lips need.
Lip Massage's soft-touch tip smoothes away rough spots, leaving your lips soothed, comforted and totally refreshed…like they've just had a massage. Keeps your lips moisturized and totally protected. Its rich emollients soften and hydrate lips, while effective protectants defend lips against the elements. Contains both UVA and UVB sunscreens to protect your lips from the sun's harmful rays.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octocrylene (2.7%), Oxybenzone (2.5%), Petrolatum (42.33%), Other: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Shea Butter, Matricaria Flower Extract, Citric Acid, Diethylhexyl Adipate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Flavors, Glyceryl Laurate, Sunflower Seed Oil, Menthol, Microcrystalline Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Saccharin, Silica, Jojoba Seed Oil, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate
How this small but longstanding line of lip products has achieved the status of being the solution for cold sores or chapped lips eludes me! Most of these lip products contain enough irritating ingredients to chap anyone's lips. Lots of lip products claim to be medicated, but "medicated" is a dubious term at best, with no regulated meaning.
The way Blistex and a handful of other companies define medicated, it means using camphor, menthol, or phenol in their formulations, yet none of these are in any way, shape, or form "medicines" or "treatments" for dry lips. Quite the contrary, they make dry skin worse and can cause irritation. Products like Blistex can include 0.5% phenol, a potent disinfectant, that is strong enough to actually trigger some serious problems, the least of which are dryness and irritation. It is not something I would recommend for anything but extremely limited use because repeated application can keep your lips chapped forever.
Blistex beckons to you to "discover what your lips are missing," but with few exceptions your lips aren't missing anything with these products except the irritation or inadequate sun protection they provide—definitely an instance where missing something is a good thing! One more thing: Press materials and Blistex's Web site mention dermatologist Dr. Charles Zugerman as an advisor to the company. Yet for a dermatologist whose special interests include allergic contact dermatitis to endorse lip products with known irritants is puzzling to say the least. And if Dr. Zugerman knows about the need for sufficient UVA protection and the ingredients it takes to achieve that, he's not sharing that knowledge on a consistent basis with Blistex. This is just another example of how a dermatologist's endorsement may create an impression of professional credibility, which can be different from speaking to the efficacy or safety of the products themselves.
For more information about Blistex, call (800) 837-1800 or visit www.blistex.com.