Updated: May 31
A tiny lip balm can play a significant role in maintaining the health of your delicate Lips! Lets see how to spot good and bad ingredients in your lip balm
Ingredients to AVOID in a Lip Balm/ Lip Butter:
Petrolatum (aka petroleum jelly, mineral oil): Petrolatum is made from petroleum. What you put in your car that has been refined. Some refining methods use toxic compounds.
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT): Mainly used as a preservative in lip balms. Health concerns linked to these chemicals include endocrine disruption, organ-system toxicity, reproductive toxicity, cancer and respiratory disorder.
Parabens (Propylparaben Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, and other ingredients ending in - paraben): Parabens are potential endocrine disruptors due to their ability to mimic estrogen. This effect is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
Fragrance and/or Flavor: These are the hidden toxic chemicals. These fragrances often contain high levels of phthalates. Phthalates are strong hormone disruptors that can cause allergy.
Ingredients to LOOK for in a Lip Balm/ Lip Butter:
Organic Wax: Bees Wax, Candelilla Wax, Carnauba Wax; Organic waxes are rich in natural emulsifiers, which help retain moisture in the skin.
Organic Butters: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Kokum Butter; Organic butter are rich in Vitamin E, A and K that helps in treating & preventing ageing. Heals cracked and dry lips. Protects from sun damage and pollution.
Organic Carrier Oils: Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive oil, Flaxseed Oil, Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil, Avocado Oil; Increases skin elasticity, has anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Peppermint, Vanilla, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Lavender; highly concentrated oils which nourishes the skin deep. Has a therapeutic effect that soothes the senses.
Vitamin E: It is an excellent antioxidant that protects your cells from damage.