Chapped lips are, of course, the result of our lips being too dry. Everyone experiences dry chapped lips at one time or another, but some of us have a severe and chronic problem. The explanation for severe and chronic dry lips is that our skin has lost its moisture retention capacity. Chapping further reduces the moisture retention capacity and this vicious circle results in the problem becoming chronic and increasingly severe.
Whether you just have occasional chapping or chronic and severe chapping, shea butter lip balm is a good choice since it enhances the skin’s moisture retention properties.
Why Shea Butter Lip Balm Works
In early adulthood, all of our skin cells — including those in our lips — become more porous and less elastic. If shea butter, a substance that both moisturizes the skin and restores the skin cells’ elasticity, is applied to the lips, then not only are the cells hydrated, but they gradually regain their natural elasticity so that they are better able to keep moisture from escaping.
Because unrefined shea butter contains both a high moisturizing fraction and an extraordinarily high healing fraction, it is a wonderful agent for revitalizing our skin cells so that they get back their moisture retention capacity.