To have truly luscious lips throughout the entire day it is essential to use a lip balm or some other kind of lip moisturizer. This is because the lips do not contain any oil or sweat glands and dry out continuously, licking the lips is usually how we keep them moisturized but this can also cause them to dry out even further if the air is quickly drying the moisture off.
For healthy, plump lips use a lip balm continuously throughout the day. This will not only keep them moisturised but also protect them from the sun and winds and dry air.
Choose a balm that contains the natural ingredients that will nourish and heal dry lips and not just make them shiny!
For instance Jojoba Oil, this is light, non-greasy and absorbs fast into skin leaving no greasy feeling behind. Jojoba oil has good moisturising and nourishing properties as it is rich in vitamin E, which heals and nurtures.
Also Rosehip Oil, this oil is used to regenerate the skin and reduce the signs of premature aging, thus fine lines and dryness are reduced. Rosehip oil is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, is high in gamma linoliec acid (GLA) and vitamin C. Rosehip oil is often used in products made for stretch marks, burns, scars and for mature dry skin which makes it ideal for the lips!
Then there is Shea butter, best of all. This wonderful natural moisturising cream is an occlusive which prevents further lip dryness by locking in the natural moisture it contains and by also nourishing the lips with essential fatty acids.
Shea butter not only moisturises the lips it has the ability to restore skin cell elasticity. When used on the lips, they are not only hydrated, but they can also slowly regain their natural elasticity, making them healthier and luscious looking. Shea butter moisturises and heals at the same time making it is a wonderful ingredient in lip balms for revitalising the skin on your lips.
Shea butter lip balm recipe
- 10g unrefined shea butter
- 20g jojoba oil
- 10g beeswax or candelilla wax for vegans (optional)
- 2-3 drops of peppermint, spearmint or orange essential oil
If using beeswax, melt that first as it melts slower than the shea butter. Melt the shea butter in a double boiler, take off the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Cool and decant into small jars. You can make this without the wax, start by melting 1 part shea butter with 1 part oil, it does take a few tries to get your desired consistency though.