Lips are very susceptible to drying out much more so than any other parts of the body, as they are always unprotected to the elements, and really have only a thin layer of skin to protect them, the reason why we turn to lip balm.
Most people have probably heard that lip balm dries your lips out, which in turn makes you apply more, and then it results in an addicting habit that isn’t doing you, or your lips, any good. That is, to some extent quite true.
Certain lip balms do contain some ingredients that feel good at first but leave you with the need to put more on just an hour or two. Later as they dry up, they leave your skin or lips even drier.
They also act by creating a barrier that just sits on top of your skin or lips, and blocks out any moisture it might be getting from the air.
Things Harmful to Lips
- Constant Smoking can lead to a lack of circulation and wrinkles.
- Too much sun can lead to sunburn. A few natural oils that offer sun protection are carrot seed oil, raspberry seed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and sesame seed oil.
- Parabens, which are contained in most commercial lipsticks, can harm the lips/skin.
- The fragrance also contained in some lipsticks, can dry out your skin.
- Artificial sweeteners found in some commercial lipsticks could cause health issues.
- Camphor and menthol, while natural, are drying ingredients often used in lip care products.
- Dry air, produced when air conditioning is been used, can dry out your lips.
This homemade balm is produced to help seal in moisture and not just dry up and off, but actually absorb into your lips and it also won’t leave a slick, exclusive barrier.
Use with a homemade exfoliator to aid slough off all the dead, dry, and peeling off skin that comes along with rough chapped lips and reveals the softness beneath.
Required Ingredients and Health Benefits
Beeswax, Coconut oil, honey, vitamin e capsules and essential oil (optional).
Beeswax can act as an emollient (moisturizer) as well as guard your lips from the elements, but the most vital role it plays is that it is what gives your lip balm its toughness and body so that it can be easily transported and applied.
Coconut oil will not coat and stifle your skin like petroleum-based products. It moisturizes deep down and its fatty acids hold onto moisture, which can help strengthen the skin’s lipid (fat) layer that promotes hydration.
Honey is a natural humectant. This means that honey attracts and holds onto water molecules.
Vitamin E can neutralize the effect of some toxins that damage healthy skin cells and lead to dryness and it’s full of anti-oxidants,
Essential oil (optional).
You will need a tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles and a tablespoon virgin coconut oil. A dash of organic raw honey and 2 vitamin e capsules. Several drops of essential oil (if required)
In a double boiler, dissolve the beeswax, put in the coconut oil and honey when about half of the beeswax has melted bit.
After everything is all melted and mixed together, mix in the contents of 2 vitamin E capsules.
Put into a container or a tube and allow it cool. Apply as required, but not in excess.
Another culprit in chapstick or lip balm that can cause your lips drying out is phenol, which can cause your lips to ultimately crack even though they feel cool and refreshing.
Then there is OL, listed on the ingredients content, which basically means alcohol and this dries out quickly.
Finally, there’s salicylic acid, which is added to aid flake off dry skin, but this can just leave you with lips that peel even more, but you can make use of homemade lip exfoliator for helping the dry skin instead.
All the mentioned ingredients are well-known and have been known with no issue of side effects.