Some Lip Balms Make Chapped Lips Worse—Here Are the Ingredients You Should Avoid

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It’s officially lip balm season. Cold, dry weather conditions can make your lips chapped and cracked, so it’s a good idea to stock up on moisturizing ointments for winter. But before you go out and buy the first product you see, check the ingredients. Some products could end up drying out your lips even more and perpetuating the cycle (especially if you overuse them). Here are a few tips for keeping your chapped lips in check this season:

1. Avoid lip balms with salicylic acid.

This ingredient, which is found in some acne medicines, helps remove dead skin cells and soften your lips. However, it may also irritate your skin and cause inflammation and dryness over time, as New York-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner told Refinery29.

2. Stay away from phenol, menthol, and camphor.

These are a few other common ingredients that Dr. Zeichner suggests avoiding. They can cause dryness in the long run, even if they seem to be helping at first. “Yes, they soothe immediately, but in the long term may be irritating to the lips,” Zeichner said.

3. Ditch the fragrance.

This might be a tough one for lovers of minty and fruity-smelling balms, but fragrances can irritate your lips—especially if you already have sensitive skin. "Many people actually have allergies or other reactions to fragrances that are put in lip balms to make them smell and taste a little better, and those are really the cause of most of the irritant reactions,” Dr. Diane Madfes, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, told Prevention magazine. If your lips are severely chapped, try switching to a non-scented lip balm to see if it makes a difference.

4. Balance out drying agents with oils and butters.

Many lip balms contain humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which means they remove moisture from your lips if they’re not offset by an occlusive agent, which prevents the loss of moisture. So, as dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD points out to StyleCaster, if you see either of these ingredients in a lip balm, make sure it also contains an occlusive agent such as beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, mineral oil, petrolatum, or squalene.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado