When you think of conserving moisture, your lips might be the last thing that comes to mind!
But the thin nature of our lips makes them vulnerable to losing moisture, and prone to a slew of unpleasant and even painful conditions!
Everyone has experienced cracked, dry, sun-burned, or wind-burned lips at one time or another. And unfortunately, many of the low-quality ingredients and chemicals used in the manufacturing of commercial lip balms can do the opposite of healing your lips, moisturizing them temporarily but further drying them out in the long run.
Like the rest of your skin, what you put on your lips is absorbed into the blood stream, so be intentional about avoiding synthetics and other chemicals when selecting a lip balm. Tint is the biggest tip-off that your lip balm contains synthetic colors and dyes. Made up of heavy metals that cause irritation and allergic reactions, synthetic colors have even been linked to some cancers.
Be wary of methylparaben, butylparaben, and any other ingredients in your lip balm that end in “paraben” as these are commonly recognized in the medical world as endocrine disruptors. According to experts, parabens are used as a preservative and increase the risk of reproductive issues and breast cancer.
Think twice about vague ingredients such as “flavor” or “fragrance” since cosmetic companies can legally list these words instead of disclosing the actual chemicals that give lip balms those fruity flavors and rosy hues.
Beeswax is helpful in treating irritation
Fragrance and flavor are often clever words for synthetic blends comprised of hormone disruptors like phthalates and synthetic musks. If your lip balm’s label reads “Infused with Hawaiian coffee” or offers a similar source of flavor and scent, however, go ahead and indulge your lips!
Lip balms formulated with certified natural ingredients, however, will heal and conserve your lips’ moisture! The use of beeswax and organic oils can effectively nourish your lips. Look for natural lip balms containing beeswax, coconut oil, and other ingredients that promote the health of your lips.
Acting as a layer of protection from skin irritants, while also letting your skin breathe, beeswax is often a main ingredient in moisturizing skin care products. Produced by honeybees, beeswax is helpful in treating irritation because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral nature.
Powerful Propolis Lip Treatment
Ideal for those suffering from constantly dry and chapped lips.
Honeybees produce another ingredient that is showing up with more frequency in lip and skin care products… Propolis!
A sticky bee-produced glue of sorts, propolis aids in the healing and moisturizing of irritated lips. To take advantage of the benefits of propolis, it can be ingested or applied topically. Not only does propolis help heal lips exposed to sun and wind damage, but it can also provide relief from cold sores.
Coconut oil is another ingredient that makes natural lip balms so effective. Typically used in alternative medicine to treat burns, coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to relieve pain both for skin that is burned and lips that are chapped.
Coconut oil is regarded as a non-cosmetic emollient as well, which means it both protects lips and keeps them hydrated naturally. Using an emollient like coconut oil on your lips and skin immediately after showering is the best way to retain moisture. Studies suggest that coconut oil can function as an antimicrobial disinfectant too, and lip balm containing this beachy oil will guard cracked lips from infection and germs.
For a lip balm that protects skin cells from the sun’s damaging UV rays, look for lip balms that include sunflower oil. Loaded with the antioxidant vitamin E, sunflower oil protects lips from harmful elements, and traps moisture in the skin’s cells for skin that stays hydrated for longer.
Like coconut oil, sunflower oil has emollient properties that help the skin retain moisture and is packed with beta-carotene, a fat-soluble compound that can be converted into vitamin A. Beta-carotene is touted for its antioxidant properties that improve the appearance and health of your skin and lips naturally!
When choosing a skin care product containing oils, consider their source. Many commercial crops are sprayed to prevent disease and guard against pests. The oils from flowers, fruit, and plants are either squeezed out of theses plants or distilled through heat.
The process of squeezing oil out of plants increases the potential for pesticides to end up in the final product, which in this case is essential oils. For this reason it is important to look for lip balms and moisturizers made of organic oils that have not been exposed to pesticides and other chemicals.
Lip balm is essential to everyone who participates in outdoor activities, keeping lips hydrated and healthy. Once you find a lip balm made of simple, natural ingredients, you can layer it on, knowing that this pocket-sized key to smooth lips is also improving your health, inside and out. Go ahead and apply lip balm at least 3 times a day, and let the coconut oil and honeybee propolis soothe your chapped lips.
Lip balm with naturally-certified ingredients is easy to carry in your purse, keep in your desk drawer, or stash in the pocket of your shorts when running or hiking. It’s also easy to find!
∼ Ryan Williamson & Kevin O’Connor (Bee Boys)Powerful Propolis Lip Treatment Regenerative Beekeeping Video
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