Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Dry lips? (Skin care/lip care)

Since fall is here and winter is coming on, I thought I'd post some information on lip care, since I don't know about you but my skin can get quite dry during this time of year!

Lip care:

Lips get dry because it is one of the few places on the human body that doesn't have sebum glands. Sebum is the natural oil secretion of your skin that helps your skin retain moisture (water). Ingredients that you can use to help retain in moisture are natural oils and waxes.

Some good ingredients are apricot oil (light), almond oil (light), jojoba oil (which is really a wax, but it is similar in composition to the skin's own sebum), macademia nut oil (also similar to sebum), cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil (good for dry skin though too much can be drying), avocado oil (heavy), etc.

Don't use petroleum (vaseline) or mineral oil on your lips or skin. They clog pores, and dry out the skin.

Some good all natural companies to use:
burts' bees
badger balms (some organic ingredients)
terressentials (organic)
aubrey organics (natural lips, clear formula, vegan).

Pure shea butter (aka kartite or african butter) is also good:
Mountain Rose Herbs
Shea Terra Organics.

Also it helps if you exfoliate your lips with a wash cloth in the shower.

1 comment:

beXn said...

OK, i think you need to post a recipe for that awesome lip balm you made a few years ago!