Currently, my entire family is under the weather. The stomach bug has hit here, and hit hard. The 2 year old got it friday night, and recovered rapidly. We thought we were in the clear until 11 last night when the 5 year old got walloped with it. They’re left with 2 fairly ineffective parents, struggling through various symptoms of the same bug. I may never finish with all the laundry that accompanies a stomach bug.
Really, that’s neither here nor there, but it reminded me of what I reach for when my lips are badly chapped. Now, given the obsession I have with lip balm, that doesn’t happen much. But in the middle of winter, or, strangely, sometimes when spring starts, or with a bad cold, sometimes I’ll just get some really painful lips that nothing seems to help. (My 5 year old is horrible with this. And he hasn’t yet learned that licking your lips only makes it worse.) I read about this one on a message board, and I was very skeptical at first. But wow, it works. And works so well that it was the only lip balm I used (shocking, I know) for several months. It’s easy to find, fairly cheap and works wonders.
It’s Aquaphor. My favorite packaging is the on-the-go 2 pack, which can be found almost everywhere (I get it at Target):
I’ve yet to find a set of chapped lips it won’t heal. The only down side is the application – you’ve got to use your fingers. It’s less than ideal when you’re out and about with who knows what germs on every surface you touch. Great as a before bed balm though – it will leave you with super soft lips. No flavor, and nothing fancy, but it’ll get the job done well. You can find it just about anywhere, but there is a product locator on the website if you’re having trouble finding it. The 2 pack retails for about $6, I believe, though it’s been a while since I’ve bought one, so I could be remembering wrong.