Have you ever wondered if your lip balm is doing what it’s supposed to or just making things worse? There are a few lip balm ingredients to look for when buying your next one. When you think about skincare, do your lips fall into that category? I’m going to take a wild guess and say that a lot of people would answer no to that question. No judgment, that used to be me too. I would spend so much time on my skincare, but hardly ever touched my lips unless I was grabbing for some lip balm because I have cracked and dry lips.
That gets me to my next point – lip balm. Not all lip balms are created equal, and understanding the ingredients in your lip balm can make a significant difference in how well it works for you.
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The best lip balm ingredients to look for.
Generally, when you are looking to buy a new lip balm, most people don’t even look at the ingredients. You look at the design, the smell, or even the packaging, right? Well, to know whether or not a lip balm is really going to work for you, it’s important to glance over the ingredients and make sure that they have nourishing properties and will do what you want them to do.
The main purpose of using lip balm is to hydrate and moisturize your lips. The two main ingredients to look out for are hydrating oils and beeswax. Beeswax acts as a natural barrier, sealing in moisture and protecting the lips from environmental damage while hydrating oils help to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration. It’s important to use lip balm on a daily basis to prevent the loss of hydration on your lips as this makes it much harder to hydrate your lips once they are dry and chapped.
Hydrating ingredients to look for:
- Coconut Oil.
- Jojoba Oil.
- Shea Butter.
- Almond Oil.
- Cocoa Butter.
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Not only do you want your lip balm to be moisturizing, but to have protective properties too. Your lips are sensitive and prone to damage from the sun, wind, and cold weather. When I say to never forget your sunscreen, that counts for your lips too! Try using for lip balms with SPF protection to shield your lips from harmful UV rays and prevent sun damage. With sunscreen covered, look for ingredients with antioxidants that help to protect the lips from free radicals, which can cause premature aging and damage.
Protective ingredients to look for:
- Green Tea Extract.
- Vitamin E.
Let’s get real for a moment. Most of the time we only remember to use lip balm when the damage is already done, am I right? Luckily for us, most lip balms have healing properties to help restore what’s damaged. Prioritizing healing ingredients can make all the difference in achieving soft, healthy lips. These ingredients work wonders in repairing and rejuvenating dry, chapped lips, providing soothing relief and promoting healing.
Healing ingredients to look for:
- Aloe Vera.
- Calendula Extract.
Ingredients to avoid in your lip balm.
Using lip balms with harmful ingredients can have adverse effects on your lips, exacerbating dryness, irritation, and even leading to long-term damage. Ingredients like parabens can disrupt hormonal balance, while petroleum-based compounds such as petrolatum and mineral oil can create a barrier that prevents moisture from entering the lips, leading to increased dryness. On the other hand, artificial fragrances and flavors can cause allergic reactions and irritation, further exacerbating lip discomfort.
If you don’t necessarily have the time to go through all of the ingredients you want in your lip balm, then just scan the ingredients and make sure that none of these ingredients are present.
- Petroleum (petrolatum, mineral oil).
- Artificial fragrances and flavors.
How often should you apply lip balm?
There is no set rule as to the amount of times you should apply lip balm throughout the day. Generally, it’s recommended to apply lip balm as needed throughout the day to maintain hydration and protection. If you live in a dry or cold climate, you may find yourself reaching for lip balm more frequently to avoid dry and cracked lips.
Listen to your lips – they’ll often tell you when they need a little extra moisture. In general, try applying lip balm every few hours or whenever your lips feel dry or chapped to keep them soft, supple, and comfortable. Adjust your application frequency based on your needs and the conditions you encounter throughout the day. Reaching for your lip balm often isn’t a bad habit to have.
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Lips balms I highly recommend.
Obviously we have brands that we love and adore and these are just a few of my go-to lip balms I often choose. I will link to Amazon if they have the lip balm available there. I’m sure you will love these lip balms as much as I love them!
Palmer’s Dark Chocolate And Peppermint Lip Butter.
This is my favorite lip balm and the smell is to die for. In all honesty, I haven’t checked the ingredients fully (I know, but it just smells so good.) But, I do know that it contains Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, which is already a win in my eyes. I couldn’t find it on Amazon, but you might be lucky and find it in a store close by!
I am a sucker for anything mango and this lip balm is an absolute winner. They have quite a wide range of lip balms which makes it great for almost anyone. You definitely can’t go wrong.
I have found that lip gloss severely but I love having a slight shine from time to time so I just dealt with the dryness. That’s until I came across Summer Fridays. They have some really great ingredients to help moisturize and also give you the shine you want. I haven’t tried using other shades than the vanilla, but they look pretty great too.
If it says organic, I’m a huge fan. Honestly, I’ve found that organic products does so much more for my skin and these lip balms are one of those products. To be fair, I’ve only tried their product once, but it made a big enough impression to end up on this list.
Choosing the right lip balm can make a world of difference in keeping your lips healthy and comfortable. By paying attention to the ingredients listed on the label and opting for products with hydrating, protective, and healing properties, you can ensure that your lips stay soft, moisturized, and kissable all year round.
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