Hey there, it’s another Sunday and I bring you good tidings. I’ve been running low on dramatic entrances lately but I’m working on that… *winks*.
There’s usually a lot of attention on skin care; what products to use, steps to take, ingredients to stay away from blah blah blah… but in all of these, we neglect our lips. Our lips deserve equal attention and care; as a matter of fact, I strongly think lip care should be a “step” in our skin care routine. Can I get an Amen? Thank you *giggles*. Last week, I put up a post on How to Get Rid of Chapped Lips Instantly; DIY Exfoliating Scrub and the last step towards rejuvenating your lips is moisturizing. It’s crucial to check through the ingredients in your lip moisturizer, particularly if you’re trying to get rid of chapped lips. The wrong ingredients would give your lips temporary moisture but make them dry in the long run. These are the ingredients you want to stay away from.
Lip moisturizers usually come in a balm form (in little jars or pots) or in chapstick form, take your pick. Did I hear a lip gloss somewhere? C’mon now. Some lip glosses may have moisturizing ingredients but glosses fall more in the makeup category. Now that we’re on the same page, let’s get right into it.
A good lip moisturizer should moisturize, nourish and protect your lips from the sun and it’s damaging UV rays. In addition to that, it should be free of the following ingredients:
1. Petrolatum, Mineral Oil or Vaseline
These are the most common ingredients in a lot of lip balms and sadly not too many people check through before purchasing it (including myself but that’s about to change, right?). They provide temporary moisture but in the long run causes dry lips because they create an airtight barrier that locks irritants in your skin (which inherently increases the absorption rate of toxins), and consequently blocks out air and moisture. Also, If the petroleum jelly becomes contaminated during the manufacturing process, certain hydrocarbons and other carcinogens which have links to breast cancer might get into the jelly.
It’s advisable to go for lip moisturizers containing shea butter, cocoa butter, honey and natural oils like jojoba oil and coconut oil.
This possesses the ability to mimic oestrogen, therefore a potential endocrine disruptor. This simply means that paraben is one of the culprits responsible for increasing breast cancer and reducing sperm count . You can read more about it on my Instagram post.
3. Chemical sunscreens (Oxybenzone, Octisalate, Octinoxate, Octocrylene, homosalate…)
It is important to protect your lips from UVA & UVB rays by opting for lip moisturizers with sun protection factor (spf). Oxybenzone is the most common chemical sunscreen and as it is an endocrine disruptor, has been shown to be associated with endometriosis in women.
Lip moisturizers containing zinc oxide are safer.
4. Fragrance, flavors and Tint
Fragrances and flavors should be avoided as much as possible as they may contain harmful chemicals. Synthetic colors/tints should also be avoided as they are mostly sourced from a by-product of petroleum.
Who knew getting a lip moisturizer could be so complicated? Thankfully you have this post (aka me) to make your life easier *winks*
Disclaimer: The lip balms featured in the pictures are strictly for aesthetic purposes and have been verified to contain one or more of these harmful ingredients.
I’ve been using Revlon KISS ‘chapstick’ for a few months now and while putting together this post for you guys, I realized it contains 3 chemical sunscreen ingredients listed as its active ingredients so I’m currently on the hunt for an organic lip moisturizer with spf.
I’d like to know the name of the lip moisturizer(s) you’re currently using and if it’s free from these ingredients. If not, let me know which of the harmful ingredients it contains in the comment section.
I hope you learnt a lot from this post. I’d like to know what skin care topics you’d me write about.
Hope you had a lovely weekend, I wish you a productive week darlings.
You are loved. Massively! Ferociously! Unconditionally!! The universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are.
– Jen Sincero