Whether you are planning for a first date, impending nuptials or simply hanging out on a Friday night, it is nice to feel your best! And an important, and often overlooked part of this are your lips.
We tend to focus on keeping our lips healthy and hydrated during the dry winter months, but often forget about them the rest of the year. Having luscious lips not only benefits our appearance, but can help us feel physically better too. Remember how uncomfortable it is having dry and chapped or cracked lips?
There are several steps you can take to nourish lips. One step is to drink lots of water. This helps keep skin well hydrated. Another step to take is to gently exfoliate lips. You can do this by combining brown sugar with olive or coconut oil, and gently massaging into lips. Once the sugar has been dissolved rinse your lips with warm (not hot) water.
Once lips have been exfoliated to remove dead or uneven skin, it is important to apply a protective layer to lock in moisture. Like with other personal care products, it is essential to use lip balms that are made with ingredients that are all-natural and not chemically altered. Many store-bought lip balms contain ingredients that exasperate dry lips by acting as a shield that not only locks in moisture, but locks it out as well. Since they contain modified ingredients, it is possible that you can be allergic to them, which can cause redness, inflammation and dryness, so be sure to check labels.
All-natural ingredients that are great for homemade balms include beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. We currently offer 3 different Lip Balms that are made with these and more hydrating ingredients, like vitamin E, aloe vera… and our favorite essential oils. Options include Natural, Lavender and Restore (which is great for particularly dry and damaged lips).
Want to try your hand at creating your own hydrating lip balm? Check out the recipe below.
Luscious Lip Balm
Melt coconut oil and beeswax in a pourable glass measuring cup in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds (approx. 1 minute 30 seconds total). Add essential oil(s) and pour into empty lip balm tubes or pots. The mixture solidifies fast, so be sure to mix and transfer quickly. Tip: You can add a little vitamin E oil for an extra nourishing touch if you like!