One of the first beauty products a girl is introduced to is a humble lip balm. A lip balm is a highly-prioritized beauty staple and loved because of its oh-so-moisturising properties. Since the skin on your lips is thinner than your skin anywhere else, it's more prone to damage. This is where the hero product comes to the rescue! Lip balms today come in a variety of yummy flavours and fancy packaging. However, when investing in one, it's important that you don't judge a lip balm by its cover but instead by its ingredients. So, shall we?
Before we get to the ingredients bit, here's a #ProTip: apply your lip balm six to eight times in a day for forever moisturised lips. A lip balm should also be applied before you use lipstick or gloss. You know what they say--lipstick looks better on moisturised, healthy lips! Read on!
Lanolin is basically a fatty substance (wax) that's harvested from sheep's wool. A popular base in ointments, lanolin prevents moisture from evaporating from the lips and keeps the pout supple, smooth, and baby soft. However, those who have sensitive skin should avoid lanolin because it can irritate the lips and cause swelling. If lanolin agrees with your skin, it will do a fantastic job of keeping them moisturised and soft.
Beeswax is a popular ingredient used to make lip balms. As the name suggests, beeswax is a wax secreted by bees to make honeycombs. Many people use beeswax to make candles, wood polish, and body butter too besides lip balms. P.S. To check if your lip balm has a higher concentration of beeswax in it, it should feel waxier and less on the greasy, oily side.
Everyone has a Vaseline tub at home. The hero ingredient here is petroleum jelly, which is made from crude oil. While crude oil in its natural form isn't the safest, it does undergo an intense purification process. The clear substance that is left behind is used in lip balms and other cosmetics, making it safe to apply to your skin. Did you now since crude oil is used to produce gasoline and diesel, it's highly criticised in the beauty industry?
Honey = deep moisturisation. Raw honey is a fantastic product for hydrating and healing damaged skin. Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, be rest assured that honey will take good care of chapped lips.
You'll commonly find these two ingredients in your SPF lotion and compact. If you do happen to find a lip balm with zinc oxide and titanium oxide, don't think twice and just buy it! Protecting your lips from long-term sun damage, an SPF loaded lip balm will also improve the texture of the skin on the lips by making it soft and smooth.
There are many variants of lip balms. However, one that takes the cake is usually cocoa butter or shea butter. Both of these ingredients are super hydrating and moisturising. While shea butter is known for its fatty acid content, cocoa butter is known to be rich in vitamins, magnesium, and iron. Soft and kissable lips are guaranteed, ladies!
So, which of these ingredients are you on the hunt for?
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