The weather is slowly cooling down which means dry skin is right around the corner. Our lips are often neglected resulting in skin that is dry and cracked. They take a beating from things like weather and food that can cause dryness (how do your lips feel after eating spicy food?). Just like the rest of your skin, lips are also damaged from the environment.
So how do we know which lip products are good to use, and which ingredients make matters worse? Some promise to do wonderful things, but they contain ingredients that cause problems! I’ve become a bit obsessed with keeping something on my lips- either lip balm, a hydrating lipstick or lip gloss so I’ve done a little research and have a few tips.
Try to avoid the following ingredients: Menthol, Camphor, Phenol, pepper, peppermint, fragrance, and salicylic acid (great to help exfoliate your face, but not for the lips!).
Ingredients such as lanolin, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and Vitamin E provide much needed moisture while wax, mineral oils and petrolatum will seal it in.
Be wary of products that are lip plumpers. Your lips may feel fuller but some ingredients actually cause irritation and dryness.
Prepare your lips with a gentle exfoliation (once or twice a week). Your lipstick will look much better! Exfoliating your lips removes the dry skin and allows the lip balm to penetrate easier. You can gently rub with a washcloth or dry toothbrush. If you prefer to use a product there are gentle lip scrubs like Fresh Sugar Lip Polish or Rodan+Fields Enhancements Lip Micro-Dermabrasion.
A few products I have tried and like:
Aquaphor Lip Repair Ointment Tube Immediate Relief $4-5 – Enriched with Shea Butter, Vitamins C and E, and soothing Chamomile essence. This is appropriate for sensitive lips. It is Fragrance-free, preservative-free, and dye free.
Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve $7 – Cottonseed Oil, Aromol, with Essential Oils blended in a special Petrolatum base.
BY TERRY Baume de Rose for Lips and Nails $60 – This salve has become popular with celebrities and has a rose scent. Some of the ingredients include Castor Oil, Vitamin E, Titanium Dioxide, Shea Butter, and Petrolatum.
Bobbi Brown Lip Balm $20 – Formulated with Wheat Germ and Olive Oil, Beeswax, Petrolatum and Avocado Oil.