Lip products that are petroleum-based coat your lips, forming a short-term barrier that can provide temporary protection from the elements but quickly wear off (or are often licked off) and must be constantly re-applied. Because they offer no lasting benefits, they are not the best choice for long-term or ongoing lip care.
Choose Only the Best Ingredients For Your Lips
Base Oils. Products made primarily with ingredients like jojoba, virgin coconut, safflower, extra virgin olive, sunflower, hemp, avocado, castor and shea or cocoa butter –preferably certified organic. Oils like olive and coconut that most closely resemble your skin’s natural sebum and are rich in Vitamin E and other antioxidants work best.
Herbal Infusions or Extracts. Products that include herbal ingredients like calendula, chamomile and comfrey, provide added protective benefits.
Essential Oils. Look for products that are made with essential oils versus “fragrance” and flavor oils. Too much flavor can lead to frequent and excessive lip licking –one of the main causes of dry chapped lips.
Some lip balms are specifically designed to protect lips from becoming chapped and wind-burned. Other lip balms, such as those containing bees’ wax, are more suitable for moisturizing.
If you’re spending time outdoors, choose a lip balm with sunscreen. Look for an SPF 15 formula.
Remember, when you lick your lips, eat, or drink while wearing lip products, or kiss someone who is wearing a lip product, you ingest some of the product’s ingredients. So if you want healthy happy lips avoid products made with petroleum or synthetic chemicals and stick to products made with only the best natural and organic ingredients.