How to Make Healing Homemade Lip Balm
Lips are extremely susceptible to drying out-much more so than other parts of our body, as they are always exposed to the elements, and really have only a thin layer of skin to protect them. This is why we turn to lip balm. By now you’ve probably heard that lip balm dries your lips out, which in turn makes you apply more, and then it turns into an addicting habit that isn’t doing you, or your lips, any favors. That is, to some extent, true. Certain lip balms do contain ingredients that feel good at first, but leave you with the need to put more on just an hour or 2 later as they dry up, and leave your skin even drier. They also act by creating a barrier than just sits on top of your skin, and locks out any moisture it might be getting from the air
How to make Lip Balm at Home?
This homemade balm is designed to help seal in moisture and not just dry up and off, but actually sink into your lips. It also won’t leave a slick, exclusive barrier. Use with a homemadeexfoliator to help slough off all the dead, dry, and peeling off skin that comes along with rough chapped lips and reveal the softness underneath. I have found great success with both of these (and I live in a place that can turn your lips into the Sahara if you’re not careful.)
Ingredients: Beeswax, Coconut oil, honey, vitamin e capsules, essential oil (optional).
Why Beeswax: Beeswax can act as an emollient (moisturizer) as well as protect your lips from the elements, but the most important role it plays is that it is what gives your lip balm its stiffness and body so that it can be easily transported and applied.
Why coconut oil: Coconut oil will not coat and smother your skin like petroleum based products, and moisturizes deep down. Its fatty acids hold onto moisture, and can help reinforce the skins lipid (fat) layer, which promoted hydration.
Why honey: Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and holds onto water molecules.
Why vitamin E: Full of antioxidants, vitamin E can neutralize the effect of free radicals that damage healthy skin cells and lead to dryness.
Why essential oil (optional): I like to steer clear of fragrances when it comes to my lip balm, but if you like you can add in a few drops of your favorite scent.
You will need…
-1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
-1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
-A dash of organic raw honey
-2 vitamin e capsules
-several drops of essential oil (optional)
In a double boiler, melt down the beeswax, adding in the coconut oil and honey when about half of the beeswax is no longer solid. After it’s all melted and blended together, stir in the contents of 2 vitamin E capsules. Pour into container or a tube and let cool. Apply as needed-but not in excess. Resist! There can always be too much of a good thing.
Watch out for…
The main culprits in chapstick or lip balm that can make your lips dry out even more include camphor, phenol, and menthol, which can lead your lips to ultimately cracking though they feel cool and refreshing. Then there is OL, as its listed on ingredients, which basically means alcohol, which dries out quickly. Finally theres salicylic acid, which is added to help flake off dry skin, but it can just leave you with lips that peel even more (I use homemade lip exfoliator for helping the dry skin instead.)
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