True addictions involve serious withdrawal symptoms. If you quit using lip balm, however, chances are you would be uncomfortable for a little while, but you’d adapt and get over your lip balm fixation. After all, our lips, if left alone, and unlicked, can stay moist on their own.
Today, on A Moment of Science, why lips go dry. Let’s start by reviewing the ways in which the surface of our lips is different from the surface of the skin on the rest of our bodies. Basically, our lips are made of the same mucus membrane that coats the inside of our mouths. This [...]