Why do lips get dry and chapped? My 3 Best Natural Lip Balms

Winter, ’tis the season of dry, cracked, chapped lips! Why do they get so dry? Well the most common reason is the weather and exposure to the elements like wind and UV rays.

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The lips do not (hopefully!) have hair covering them to provide protection nor do they contain oil glands to give moisture. The skin of the lip area is similar to that of the eye, in that it is more delicate than the rest of the face and body, therefore it needs extra attention.

Some other reasons lips may get dry is:

  • dehydration, so make sure you keep up your water intake
  • or from digestive issues, you may notice that you have dry patches around the lip area
  • or from allergies to beauty products that you are using. (You may notice that as much as you apply a lip-balm your lips are still dry!)

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When choosing a lip balm be sure to always go as natural as possible or preferably organic. As a lip balm is on your lips remember that you ingest a small amount of the product from your fingers, licking your lips, drinking from you coffee cup, kissing etc. So this means you want to find one with NO:

  • mineral oils such as petrolatum or paraffinum liquidum
  • parabens
  • synthetic perfumes such as phthalates – sometimes you will just see ‘fragrance’ on the label, no no! (unless the product is certified organic)
  • If the lip balm has an SPF, beware of the chemical sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone, mineral sunblocks such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are better for you.
  • If you are vegan then you may also want to avoid beeswax and lanolin.

If your product has a lot of strange looking ingredients then you may want to do a quick ‘google’ and check out what those are! EWG’s Skin Deep is great website that has information about ‘suspicious’ ingredients.

Look for products that contain natural vegetable oils like coconut, olive, jojoba, apricot kernal etc. and essential oils, lavender, rose, geranium for example. These ingredients will actually nourish and help to heal the lips.

So here are my chosen 3 that I love to use! I find for me they work great 🙂

  1. Dr Hauschka – a cute little pot that fits everywhere!dr-hauschka-lip-balm-4-dot-5ml
  2. Sanoflore – French certified organic brand.baume-a-levres-miel-nourricier-12g-sanoflore-12705-l
  3. Bio Beauté by Nuxe tinted lip balm – this comes in a neutral shade, a pale pink (Apricot) or this one which has a higher purple/pink colour density.

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What are your favourite lip balms?

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Coconut Oil for Baby’s Skin

Silvi said, ‘I want to use some cream for my baby’s flakey skin.’  I replied, ‘use coconut oil!’ It’s safe and uniquely moisturising and extremely nourishing for babies skin, as well as for the Mamas! Cold-pressed, virgin, unrefined, organic coconut oil is perfect for massaging into your baby’s skin if it appears a little dry or if your baby has cradle-cap. Best used after bath-time on damp skin and/or when your baby is quiet and it’s possible for you to lightly massage a small amount of the coconut oil into the skin to help with dryness.

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The only beauty product you need!

…product for your beauty regime. Well, maybe a couple more but definitely not as many as a lot of people have. I want to extol the virtues of sweet almond oil. It could be my ‘product of the month’ but it’s my product of the year really! You can use it for everything!

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Perfect Tea!

This post is taken from a favourite Japanese blog of mine called Wawaza – a treasure trove of fascinating health & beauty tips from the Japanese culture!

How To Best Brew Herbal Teas

Japanese Traditional Senjiru Method

Senjiru (煎じる, to infuse, to decoct) is a Japanese technique you can use at home for brewing herbal teas. It is a time-tested method which yields maximum goodness locked deep in leaves and delivers the optimum aroma, flavor and color.

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How long should I keep makeup for…?!

…definitely not as long as you think or do!  I admit that I have had things in my bathroom cupboard for longer than I should, and I think many people continue to use products month after month, year after year without thinking.  All cosmetic products and makeup have an expiry date just like food.  They do go off and deteriorate with time due to exposure to air and contamination by micro-organisms and bacterias that come from our fingers and makeup brushes. The compositions may also separate and often products lose their efficacy, especially suncreams for example. For this reason it is imperative that we take care with our products, and become aware of how long we have had them to decrease the risk of infections, what’s more we don’t want to be using a product that is essentially ‘past its use by date’!

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Organic Mascaras

Every girl always says that her most essential makeup item in her makeup bag is mascara…and I have to agree. Although I don’t wear much makeup the one thing I always put on is mascara. It just opens up the eyes, gives some definition and makes one look a little more polished and presentable. There are so many on the market now in varying shapes, sizes and colours and being sold under many different guises. However, most mainstream mascaras contain potential allergens, parabens and irritants and with the eye area being so delicate should we not be more conscious when it comes to what we put on and around them every day?!

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