Lip Balm was first marketed in the 1880s by the creator of Chapsticks (Charles Browne Fleet) and has since them become a product that it widely used and produced by majority of all cosmetic/beauty companies. So why do we use them? Well simply put, lip balms are used to relieve or prevent dry or chapped lips by sealing moisture into the lips and protecting them from external exposure. Moisture is drawn away from the body by dry air, cold temperatures and wind, and lips are particularly vulnerable to this effect as the skin is so thin. To prevent moisture loss lip balms that have ingredients such as waxes and petroleum jelly are used. However most modern lips balms also include flavourants, colourants, sunscreens and various medicament that can provide additional, specific benefits.