On my Facebook Fan Page last week, I disclosed that I have recently given up Chapstick, as I had become severely addicted to it. I realized I hadn’t really talked about it here on my blog, so I thought I’d get into it a little more here, as well.
First, as some background info, both my sister and I have been Chapstick/Vaseline addicts for years (since my 20’s I believe, although it is hard to remember or pinpoint when it actually started). Everywhere I go, I always have Chapstick with me – in my purse, fanny pack if working out, car, etc. In my house, every location that I spend any significant amount of time has a container of it as well, like where I watch TV, my computer, and the kitchen. And at night, I’ve kept a small jar of Vaseline on the night stand, so that when I awake, I could reapply.
The problem is, you can never get enough of the stuff. If it wears off at all, and your lips start feeling the slightest bit dry, it is actually painful, and you have to reapply immediately. I’m sure this is intentional on the parts of the manufacturers – get ‘em addicted and they will continue to buy!
In any case, what the heck does this have to do with Belize, right? Well, when I lived in California, even though my addiction was ridiculous, it was pretty “under control.” But upon moving to Belize, it became like a lifeline. For some reason, the heat and humidity here really were hard for my lips to deal with, and it didn’t matter how much Chapstick I applied, it wouldn’t work. Every 5-15 minutes I was reapplying.
It got so bad that some of Nige’s family started making comments. Now, you have to put this in perspective. Most Belizeans believe in “live and let live.” They very rarely care or comment on what you’re wearing, eating, drinking, etc., let alone what lip care routine you have.
However, they will comment if they think you are doing something unhealthy, and Nige’s mom, aunt, and sister have all made comments about my addiction. So finally, I decided something had to be done. So I gave it up – cold turkey!! That was ten days ago.
The first few days were rough. My lips got so dry and scaly that they began to scab. I just let the process proceed as normal. Come hell or high water, I was not going back. Finally someone suggested I could use some olive oil, which is a natural moisturizer for my lips. So every now and again (I don’t want to get addicted to that either), I dab some on. It has helped my lips heal immensely.
I’m proud to say I’m off the Chapstick, and my lips natural color has returned and are starting to feel soft again, all on their own. They’re still a little chapped, but I think in a few more days I will be completely healed, and I will have lips like normal people.
Have you ever been addicted to Chapstick or nasal spray, etc.? And how did you kick the habit?