As much as it is needed in the winter, it seems our application of lip moisturizers and balms only increases as the season begins to warm. It is easy to forget that the ingredients we put on our body are just as important to be familiar with as the ingredients we put in our body. With that in mind, lets compare two common lip balms on the market:
In Organic Lip Balm, such as Beeswax Lip Balm
• Coconut Oil – A highly healthful ingredient. Because of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, its properties include antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal and antibacterial.
• Beeswax – A complex blend of lipids and hydrocarbons, beeswax is non-water saluable, so the balm will last longer on your lips.
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil – A common cooking element, EVOO proves to be super beneficial not only for skin and lips, but for hair and nails too as a moisturizer.
• Vitamin E – Many quality skin care products contain vitamin E because of its antioxidant properties, as well as anti-aging benefits, sun protection and sun burn treatment, scar minimizing, and treatment of skin diseases and cancers.
• Lanolin – This ingredient is a natural skin soother found in a secretion in the wool of wool-bearing animals. Chemically similar to wax, it is common in skin ointment and waterproof wax.
• Comfrey Leaf Oil – The oil is extracted from the perennial herb indigenous to Europe. It has been used to stop bleeding, heal wounds, even mend broken bones.
• Rosemary Extract – A well-known culinary herb, when applied as an oil to the skin, rosemary helps strengthen the capillaries and has a rejuvenating effect.
In Unnatural Lip Balms, such as Carmex
• Octinoxate – Typically, this is a chemical sunscreen ingredient. It may block UVB rays, but it is unknown if it blocks UVA rays.
• Oxybenzone – Also known as Benzophenone-3, has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption and cell damage.
• Petrolatum – This ingredient, Petroleum Jelly, creates a sealing effect on cuts making it seem like a perfect solution for chapped skin and lips. Beware though, it is often contaminated with impurities linked to cancer and various health concerns.
• Menthol – Obtained synthetically or from mint oils, this is a waxy, crystalline substance. Menthol may cause skin reactions or irritate the skin – make yourself aware of any possible allergies.
• Salicylic Acid – A skin irritant, this ingredient may actually encourage repeated use, making the user possible addicted to the lip balm.
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