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Far from being a cosmetic supplement (lip gloss or lipstick may more easily be catagorised as such), organic lip balm products have protection against loss of moisture, shield from harsh consequences from exposure to the sun or wind (dry and cracking lips from wind burn), and they help to rejuvenate and assist in reinstating adequate moisture levels as well as being full of anti-oxidants.
Why might you need an organic lip balm? Unlike other skin on our body, lip skin doesn’t have hair follicles or sweat or oil glands. The result of this is the lips inability to produce that layer of protective oils that help skin retain moisture, assist towards stopping germs, and regulate temperature. Given this inability, the lips are prone to drying out, and become chapped more easily than what the rest of our skin does.
Some ingredients you may find in natural lip balm include: coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E (in various forms) jojoba oil, camellia tea oil, avocado oil, aloe vera, bees wax. All of these help to maintain the soft character of the lip, and some even contain anti-inflammatory properties which may be of assistance if you suffer from ailments such as the nasty cold sore as well as dry, chapped or cracked lips. Applying organic lip balm early before any symptoms appear is the best way to keep your lips healthy – be proactive, rather than reactive to maintain the best for your lips.
Look for a lip balm packed with ingredients that have a high vitamin and anti-oxidant content made from natural products that you would happily tuck into at the dinner table. Chemical free to make sure you’re not ingesting any nasties that you wouldn’t choose to eat if you knew what they were in front of you! After all, it’s going on your lips. If you have put a sub-standard chemical rife product on them, how do you avoid licking your lips? Having a drink? Having something to eat?
Don’t make the mistake of purchasing a lip-gloss for health purposes (it may even be labeled lip balm) as there are a plethora of products out there masquerading as something that could be mistaken to have protecting and healing properties. Such products are designed purely for cosmetic purposes and will not protect against loss of moisture, cracking, sunburn and bacteria. Prolonged use of poorly made products may actually have negative long-term effects such as lip discolouration. It’s easy to avoid this error by ensuring the product you’ve purchased is an organic or natural lip balm.
More and more girls are starting younger with their desire for makeup and cosmetic items. If this is the case with your family be aware and not ignorant of the ingredients in these products and consider saving time by starting your research with organic lip balm products on the market.
Of course, there are products out there containing that extra little glimmer and shimmer so not only do your lips feel great and have that extra layer of protection, they also look gorgeous too. Two birds. One stone.