I was first introduced to the wonder of Bepanthen when I had my first tattoo done a couple of years ago now. The tattoo artist recommended Bepanthen to help the skin heal; and boy did the skin heal fast! Originally meant for babies bottoms it appears to be a bit of a cult product amongst tattoo fans. I have since discovered it is perfect for dry,cracked and sore lips. Read on to find out how I accidentally discovered this.
I was in the bath and decided to not only give myself a nice face wash using Neostrata Facial Cleanser 4PHA but I decided to go the whole hog and finish my face wash with Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It. This was a big mistake and to be honest I should have know better.For some reason in my head more product means better results. Ridiculous right?! I swear I lose the will with myself sometimes……. I just never learn.
NeoStrata facial cleanser contains gluconolactone and Scrub your Nose in It contains fruit acids. Both are great for getting rid of dead skin and doing an at home thorough cleanse and exfoliation. Probably not terribly wise though to use the two products together as I soon found out.
My skin didn’t come off badly to be honest; in fact I was quite impressed with my skin afterwards.It was glowy and smooth. What did happen was that I woke up the next morning and felt like my lips were about to fall off. I initially thought I had been sleeping with my gob wide open and was merely suffering a bad case of dry mouth that was affecting the lips. Off i went to work and applied copious amounts of lip balm all to no avail. What’s worse was my lippie had totally given up on me and was dotted into cracked bits of what once were lips *sob*.
At home that night the penny finally dropped (I’m quick like that). My over zealous face washing had, I reckoned somehow, stripped my lips of its top layer of skin. I hadn’t a clue what to use on it (my million lip balms had so far done diddly squat) so I went to have a root in the medicine cabinet. This is how I came to use Bepanthen on my lips.
Bepanthen contains three main ingredients: dexpanthenol, pro vitamin B5 and lanolin. I applied copiously to what once were my lips (keeping in line with my more is more mantra) and carried my little squished up tube around for a couple of days. It healed my lips within a couple of days. No word of a lie. It is a little miracle tube of cream. No amount of my Burts Bees Honey lip-balm, Clinique Superbalm or plain old Labello were helping. This was truly the only thing that helped my lips return to normal.
What products do you use in a “not intended for” way? Go on, spill the beans………..