Did you know that almost all lip balms contain allergens and irritants that end up perpetuating the exact problems we`re trying to treat: dryness, peeling, cracking and flaking? Thus, when you experience such problems with your lips, you use lip balm and you observe that those problems do not fade away, it is time to consider that the lip balm itself is harmful for your lips. Here are the main ingredients commonly found in lip balms that may harm your skin:
- The most popular ingredient is, of course, the vitamin E. Almost all lip balms have some form of it, but dermatologists’ state that it is not for everyone to use. Several studies prove that applying topical vitamin E can lead to the development of contact dermatitis. This vitamin is mentioned on labels as natural vitamin E oil, tocopherol or tocopheryl acetate. It can be an-made or derived from plants, but always keep in mind that both forms can turn out to be allergenic.
- Another compound frequently used in lip balms is castor oil. It is a ricinoleic acid with allergenic properties which can intensify existing problems.
- We all opt in summer for a lipstick with sunscreen in it. Did you know that this particular type of balm can be the main cause of chronic chapping of the lips? Well, this happens because of the fact that the majority of sunscreen lip balms protect with chemicals, not with minerals. Thus, allergic skin reactions are encouraged.
So, you may start wondering what product could be best for taking care of your lips. Our solution is quite simple: do you own homemade Shea butter chap stick and you will be able to hydrate and nourish your lips in a healthy, natural manner.
Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
The ingredients you will need for this recipe are as it follows: 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil , 2 tablespoons of Shea butter and 20 drops of an essential oil.
- Pour an inch of water in a small pan and heat it.
- Position a small jar in that water and be careful not to allow the water to get in the jar itself.
- Add all ingredients except the essential oil and let it melt. When everything is melted, turn off the heat and leave the jar in the water in order to keep it warm.
- Add the essential oil.
- Start pouring the balm in small containers and let the mixture settle as it cools down
- Let it sit without touching for a couple of hours.
- Store in a cool dry place and start using your new favourite chap stick!
Always remember that chap sticks normally contain petrolatum, mineral oil, and hormone-disrupting oxybenzone. If you replace these with a nourishing and natural ingredient like cocoa butter, Shea butter and coconut oil, your lips will look luscious and nourished. A homemade lip balm containing these ingredients has the power to feed your lips the proper amounts of nutrients and vitamins!