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Carmex Classic Lip Balm Medicated review

This classic lip balm leaves a tingling sensation (thanks to the camphor), which can help soothe extremely chapped lips. However, it also contains lanolin, an ingredient that may aggravate eczema.

Do you ever see something that immediately jolts you back to an earlier time in your life? For me, Carmex Classic Lip Balm’s distinctive bumblebee-yellow metal tin will always be one of those things. The smell of it as well—a strange marriage of wax and camphor/Vick’s VapoRub—is forever ingrained in my brain. Growing up, my family always kept a few tins of Carmex distributed around the house. Carmex used to print the price on the label, and I remember seeing the price increase from…

Save or Splurge? ChapStick Lip Moisturizer SPF 12 vs. Harmon Face Values Lip Balm SPF 15

Which brand wins this battle of the moisturizing SPF lip balms?

Along with Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond was one of my favorite stores as a teenager. (Yes, I’m what some might call a “nerd” or an “old soul.”) The “beyond” includes Harmon Face Values, a division of the company that sells health and beauty products—not only name brands but also their own generic versions. I picked up a three-pack of Harmon Face Values sunscreen lip balm the other day. It looks like a dead ringer for ChapStick’s moisturizing lip…

Q&A with an Allergist: How to choose products that won't irritate your skin

Get the lowdown on the best moisturizing cream for eczema patients, advice for avoiding common allergy triggers, and more.

Recently I had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A with Dr. Ratika Gupta, an allergist and mom based out of New York. As someone who has eczema, I’m always on the lookout for tips on finding skin care products that won’t aggravate my skin. I really appreciated getting advice from a professional who specializes in this for a living. Read on to learn about her favorite product for soothing eczema, common allergy triggers in beauty products, and her thoughts on organic skin care.