This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
Cold weather can do a number on our skin – including our lips. My husband and I have both been struggling with chapped lips lately and we’ve been burning through the lip balm and chapstick trying to find something that works. Lucky for us, I came upon this little jewel at Walmart and we are loving it! Herpecin is known mostly as cold sore medication, but did you know that their Herpecin L with SPF 30 is also a medicated lip protectant, and sunscreen lip balm? Whether you deal with cold sores and fever blisters or not (and no shame in that – 50%-80% of adults in the US have oral herpes), this product is a must-have for winter!
And before anyone says anything – I know this isn’t a trendy beauty or self-care product that you’re used to seeing on beauty blogs. Perhaps the packaging isn’t soft pink and it’s not exclusive to a specialty store. However, this little baby gets the job done! I’ve always strived to share both high-end and affordable self-care with my readers, so I definitely wanted to share the Herpecin love!
It seems that just about anytime I go outside once temperatures drop below freezing, my lips get dry – or even chapped, cracked, and irritated. It only gets worse if I try to soothe those feelings by licking my lips, or heaven forbid, I put on a liquid lipstick. A good lip balm is a necessity in a cold-weather climate, both to heal chapped lips and prevent them! Herpecin L has proven to useful on both fronts as my daily lip balm; my lips are happy, despite the chilly temps we’ve been experiencing here in Northeast Ohio. It contains dimethicone 1% to protect, as well as sunflower oil, beeswax, and vitamins B6, C, and E.
Something that tends to be forgotten in the winter months is the importance of sunscreen. Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean the sun’s rays can’t reach you (though sometimes it feels that way in Ohio in the winter!!). I always try to make sure that there is an SPF in my makeup so that my exposed skin is protected during the winter, but I’ll admit that the lip balms I used to use do not contain sunscreen. Herpecin L contains SPF 30, making it the perfect protection for your lips!
Finally, let’s discuss cold sores. Caused by the HSV-1 virus, these annoyances affect 50-80% of US adults. While I’ve only had one cold sore in my life (and it was in 8th grade…a long time ago!), I have several loved ones that are affected. I love knowing that there is an affordable, easily accessible product that is pharmacist-recommended to heal and treat. Plus, Herpecin L is great as a preventative as well, so using it regularly can be helpful for those who deal with cold sores and fever blisters.
Overall, this under-the-radar little jewel of a product is going to be a game-changer for me this winter. If you get cold sores, I hope you already knew about the benefits of Herpecin, but if you don’t, hopefully this was a wake-up call about how fabulous it is! If you live in a cold-weather climate, enjoy outdoor winter sports, or heck, even if you live somewhere where the sun shine all winter long, you should consider picking up a tube or two. If I can make it through the winter without chapped lips, I know I’ll be more comfortable and happier – and my lipsticks will look better! Have you tried Herpecin L before?! Has it become your favorite balm?