We all know the importance of a good lip balm. It keeps your lips hydrated, soft and healthy. But did you know that some lip balms don’t provide long-lasting hydration, so you’ll have to reapply all the time? Some, even worse, can lead to allergic reactions, leaving your lips drier and more chapped.
So, with all these options available on the market, how do we find the right lip balm that gives your lips the best care? Always make sure you check its ingredient list before purchasing a new lip balm. This article will introduce some of the best ingredients in lip balms and explain why they are the most effective ingredients. When you spot these familiar names, you know your lips are in good hands.
What ingredients should I look out for?
Ingredient label can be very tricky to read, and different brands may address the same ingredients in various names. To make things easier, keep in mind that ingredients are listed from highest to lowest concentration, so you’ll only need to focus on the first few things listed. You don’t need a lot of ingredients in a lip balm. Look out for the ones that work. For example, below are some of the most effective ingredients in a lip balm.
One of the most common compounds in lip balms is beeswax, a natural substance produced by honeybees. This unique material has been used by human since the ancient Egyptian times for its ability to seal. In today’s cosmetics industry, beeswax is often used as a skin softener that helps retain moisture. Its stability also assists the lip balm to maintain its form. Beeswax is also very safe for even the most sensitive lips for its non-irritating nature.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that has been used in beauty products for over 50 years. Antioxidants like vitamin E work against free radicals. According to dermatologists, free radicals, as a result of exposure to pollution and ultraviolet rays from the sun, are the biggest contributor to signs of aging. Vitamin E also boosts circulation and generate new skin cells, making your lips softer. Similarly, other antioxidants such as Grape Seed Extract are also ideal in lip balms.
Shea butter and cocoa butter
Shea and cocoa butter are both fats extracted from shea trees and cocoa bean. As natural moisturisers rich in fatty acids and vitamins, shea and cocoa butter are superior moisturisers that promote skin healing, which benefits cracked lips. They help protect lips from environmental aggressors such as UV rays. Besides, their inflammatory properties are used to calm and soothe irritated lips.
Lanolin is a natural waxy substance found on the coats of sheep. The molecular structure of lanolin naturally most closely resembles our skin lipids than any other ingredient. Its highly emollient properties make it a superb moisturiser for dry lips. Studies found that lanolin was able to reduce water loss in the skin by 20% to 30%. It makes the lips supple, smooth, and soft for a long time.
Tough Lips Intensive Lip Balm
Our DU’IT Tough Lips is an intensive lip balm formulated with a mixture of the best ingredients for dry lips – beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, natural vitamin E and lanolin. It is enriched with grape seed extract, a powerful antioxidant that rejuvenates sun-damaged lips, boosts the skin’s elasticity and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. With specially added UREA, a natural moisturizing factor (NMF), Tough Lips softens chapped lips and prevents moisture loss for long-lasting hydration. Tough Lips intensive lip balm is one of the best Australian made lip balms. It instantly repairs dry, chapped lips without causing irritation to our delicate lips.
‘I’ve just received your new lip balm in the mail yesterday. I’m very happy with it so far. Might even say it’s the best lip balm I’ve used so far! I’ve suffered from very dry lips for years. I wake up every morning with peeling lips, until this morning. After going to bed with your Tough Lips lip balm on, I woke up with no peeling or cracked lips! This lip balm is brilliant! It’s added to my permanent list of beauty products I must always have.’ – Sarah Stokeld.