Lips do not contain any oil or sweat glands and therefore dry out continuously, licking the lips is usually how we keep them moisturised but this can also cause them to dry out even more if the air is quickly drying the moisture off. As we get older the drying effect can be more pronounced. So if you want to make sure you have luscious lips throughout the day it is essential to use a lip balm or lip butter. This will not only keep them moisturised but also protect them from the sun and winds and dry air.
Of course we would only recommend choose a balm that contains natural ingredients that will nourish and heal dry lips and not just make them shiny! Petroleum jelly can create the illusion of moisturised, hydrated skin, all the while blocking the pores. It is water repellent and not water-soluble, so it forms a barrier so that moisture does not leave the skin. So while you might feel the instant gratification of a softened surface, you are actually drying out the pores by keeping out air and moisture. If you still want to use petroleum jelly stick to the big brands like Vaseline, cheaper alternatives are less refined and may contain harmful carcinogens.
Jojoba Oil is light, non-greasy and absorbs fast into skin leaving no greasy feeling. Jojoba oil has good moisturising and nourishing properties as it is rich in vitamin E, which heals and nurtures. Also Rose Hip Oil, this oil is used to regenerate the skin and reduce the signs of premature aging, thus fine lines and dryness are reduced. Rose hip oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, is high in gamma linoliec acid (GLA) and vitamin C. Rose hip oil is often used in products made for stretch marks, burns, scars and for mature dry skin which makes it ideal for the lips!
Our preferred lip moisturising ingredient is Shea Butter. This natural moisturising cream is an occlusive which prevents lip dryness by locking in the natural moisture it contains and by also nourishing the lips with essential fatty acids. Shea Butter also has the ability to restore skin cells’ elasticity. When used on the lips, they are not only hydrated, but they can also slowly regain their natural elasticity, making them healthier and appear more luscious. Shea Butter both moisturises and heals, making it the perfect ingredient in lip balms and for any of your skin.