We asked an expert if you can actually be addicted to chapstick
Give me hydrated lips or give me death
For some people, leaving the house without chapstick is like forgetting an umbrella when it’s raining, or going for a hike with no shoes. We’ve convinced ourselves that we’re addicted to it and there’s no going back.
You feel the twang of dryness hit you, you’re not chapped, but it just doesn’t quite feel moist enough. You realize you’ve left your favorite eos balm at home and your heart drops. “DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY CHAPSTICK??” comes the cry, followed by a rush of girls reaching into their bags and pulling out an array of products.
But where has this “addiction” come from? Why do we feel that we really need to reapply multiple times a day? We need to know once and for all, is your chapstick addiction a real thing?
We spoke to a dermatologist, the aptly named Jules Lipoff, about our obsession with the product and whether it’s even necessary.
He said: “I don’t think that ‘addiction’ to lip balm is possible, it’s a habit. I think many behaviors can be conditioned, and there are probably societal and cultural factors that make certain behaviors more likely to appear in one gender vs. another.”
This is certainly the case as boys are rarely seen using lip balm to the extent that girls do. Advertising markets these products towards a female audience, as girls are more likely to care about the image of soft lips, due to society’s beauty expectations for women.
However, the idea that our lips have become used to the additional moisture on a daily basis and therefore develop a dependency, is untrue. Jules says: “Lip balm is a moisturizer and can be helpful for dry lips. But it is not necessary for anyone without dry lips.”
Although marketing has pushed us towards this belief, Jules clarifies that “there really are no ‘essential’ products.”
So does this mean we should all stop using it? Is it bad for us? Jules says: “If it’s just a plain moisturizer, there’s probably no harm except to your checking account. If there are any additives (like fragrance), it is possible it could trigger allergic reactions.”
So there you have it. You’re probably not addicted to chapstick. Obviously if you genuinely have dry lips then you need it and no one’s going to stop you, but to those of you claiming that you’re “soooo addicted” are probably being manipulated by your cultural cravings.
The fuckboy haircut: An evolutionary timeline through history
Fuckboy hair in every decade
by Allison Sadlier
Fuckboys come in all shapes and sizes…and haircuts. You can totally spot one from a mile away by his faded hairstyle. You know, the guy who has the sides shaved and his hair longer on top. As it turns out, the fuckboy haircut is nothing new. It’s just changed throughout history. So we’ve created the…
‘Bonespiration’ isn’t new, but it’s still pretty damn bad
And Instagram is a terrifying host for it
by Caroline Phinney
Eating disorders are not new, and thus it stands to reason that neither are the communities of people online encouraging one another to stay sick.In 2012, a number of social media platforms like Tumblr and Instagram began banning the use of tags that could promote such disorders, like #thinspiration and #thinspo.But what those platforms didn't…
Eyebrow waxing is a scam, sorry!
Somebody has to say it
by Katie Way
Maintaining your eyebrows is a labor of love akin to keeping an orchid alive or baking a soufflé. They require a delicate touch, and one wrong move can lead to disaster: dead flower, collapsed pastry, fucked-up 'brows. 'Since nobody is born with a Cara Delevingne situation going on (honestly, Cara probably wasn't either), which means…