Raise your hands if you’ve got crazily chapped lips this month! *We’ve all raised our hands and given a little wave* Unfortunately, it’s just that time of year; the heating is on, the air is dry, we lick our lips to wet them which stupidly makes them drier! The answer – the Holy Grail that is lip balm!
Lip balm is a little saint (if you find the right one), did you know that most lip balms that you find in the shops are full of toxic ingredients that actually hinder the healing process? We just wanted to give a little bite-sized blog on what to look out for when buying lip balm.
Camphor, Phenol, Alcohol, Salicylic Acid and Menthol or any other chemically created scent will all initially soothe the lips, but then quickly dry up or cause irritation, which then makes you feel like you need to apply again. Hello vicious circle of lip balm doom.
In an SPF lip balm you should look out for Octinoxate, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, Cinnimate are known as endocrine disruptors and are shown to disrupt the endocrine, hormone, and thyroid with links to breast cancer. SPF balms should only contain Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide which are naturally proven to have sun blocking super powers.
Parabens (of any kind) and Petrolatum or Petroleum. Parabens are known to interfere with our hormone functions, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity. Petrolatum is derived from petroleum (oil), it needs to be refined, and some refining methods use toxic compounds, the petroleum can then become contaminated with these toxins.
There are so many alternatives to the chemically based lip balms you find in the shops, swap out those emergency buys and invest in a balm that will do nothing but good.
Shea butter, cocoa butter and olive oil: Are all ingredients that work in harmony with your skin to sooth and hydrate while allowing your pores to breathe.
Vitamin E: acts as an antioxidant, it fights against the skin cell damage believed to be caused by the environment.
Naturally occurring scents and colours: for obvious reasons, They are obtained from the roots, bark, and leaves of plants, usually through steam distillation, which are all safe for us needy humans.
Have a look at the ingredients for our Rose & Vanilla lip balm for example:
Cocos nucifera (coconut) butter, Olea europaea (olive) oil, Prunus armeniaca (apricot) oil, Cera alba (beeswax), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, Rosa damascena (rose) extract, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Rosa canina (rosehip) extract, Vanilla planifolia extract, Calendula officinalis (calendula) extract, Rosa damascena (rose oil), Pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium oil), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) extract, Helianthus annuus (sunflower)oil, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool (from essential oils).
All ingredients are organic or of organic origin, no chemicals, parabans, or any other nasties.
Have a closer look at your lip balm today, you might be a little surprised. Why not try going organic and see how it makes a difference.
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