Most lip balms are full of chemicals. These chemicals have no benefit to healing and protecting your lips. Avoid applying these dubious chemicals and ingesting them over the course of your day.
Important Chemicals to Avoid:
- Chemical sunscreens. They don’t block UV rays well and some have health concerns.
- Flavors that can cause allergy. This includes mint, cinnamon, citrus etc. Even “natural” flavors can be allergens to delicate lips, as well as plant ingredients.
- Botanical ingredients added only for marketing value but have no real therapeutic benefit for your lips.
- Toxic heavy metals. These are also commonly added to lipsticks.
Harmful ingredients in lip balms can prompt an allergic rash that looks and feels like chapped lips. You will then reach for that same lip balm for relief. The cycle goes on and on and you are now addicted to lip balm. The lip balm company benefits and your lips suffer.
Avoid allergens and potentially toxic ingredients in your lip products:
- Use emollient moisturizing ingredients only. No flavors or market-value only additives. Keep it simple.
- Sun protective lip balm should be non-nano zinc oxide. Forget the chemical blockers. They break down fast, leaving you unprotected. Some are even hormone disruptors. You don’t want these dubious ingredients in your mouth.
- Go organic with your lip care. Organic ingredients are highly scrutinized by the FDA. The level of scrutiny in lip products are even higher. What’s on your lips gets into your digestive system. If you take the trouble to eat carefully, also care for your lips carefully.
Lip Care Advice:
Tip #1: When you are not in the sun, use a hypoallergenic lip balm. Ensure it is free of useless ingredients that cause allergy. Focus on quality emollient moisturizing oils and waxes.
This is where my Natural Lip Balm comes in. It is designed for ultimate emollient hydration in an entirely hypoallergenic base. There is a bit of rosemary to act as preservative and the amount in this product is not enough to be a significant allergy catalyst. This is the most ideal preservative for a lip product.
Tip #2: When you are in the sun, you need a non-nano zinc oxide product that is also made in a natural rich emollient base. It should also be free of useless ingredients and potential allergens.
My top pick is Raw Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Lip Sunscreen. There is rosemary oil extract and vitamin E in this product. They are present in very low amounts for preservative purposes. It is highly unlikely to be an allergic problem at this concentration.
What about Lipstick?
Lipstick is an entirely different topic. Apply it under your lip balm or in place of. I personally use a lip pencil and apply my organic and hypoallergenic lip balm over it. Some lipsticks have enough pigment to give UV protection but many don’t. Use a lipstick that is tested such as Suntegrity Lip SPF 30. This lipstick comes in a variety of colors and is certified to provide SPF protection for delicate lip skin.