Why do I need to use a Lip Balm?

Posted on September 02, 2015 by Melanie Brown

As I recently strolled around our local town centre, I noticed an array of lip balms. They came in all sorts of shapes and sizes, colours and different flavours - cola, mango and the list goes on.

However, do we really need to use a lip balm? What is the purpose of using them?

Well, the skin on the lips is very thin compared to the rest of the body. In addition, the lips do not have oil glands. This means that they do not produce natural oils like other parts of the body do.

The result of this is that the lips become dry and dehydrated. Unfortunately, the lips become chipped more quickly.

Sometimes to combat this dryness, we lick our lips but the problem with this, is that it is a temporary method of relief. When the saliva dries up, it takes away the moisture so that the lips are left even drier than before.

Other issues such as the environment can affect the lips.

So how can we achieve perfectly hydrated and soft lips?

You can do this by using a lip balm which acts as a barrier and prevents the loss of moisture. It also softens the lips. When using a lip balm, try to:-

  1. Use a lip balm with bees wax. – This is a natural emulsifier which hydrates the lips and retains the moisture. This is particularly helpful for avoiding dry and chapped lips. Beeswax also protects the lips from harmful UV rays.
  2. Find a lip balm containing Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter which are natural and rich emollients. These nourish and moisturise the lips leaving them soft.

As well as using lip balms, you can also:-

  • Have a great diet and this also involves drinking lots of water. It is recommended that we drink at least 8 cups of water a day to allow the body to carry out its hydrating functions.
  • Use a homemade scrub. This can be as simple as combining brown sugar with water to act as an exfoliating scrub. You just rub the mixture onto the lips until they are soft. Do this a few times a week and it will get rid of any dead skin.
  • Coconut oil is also a great way of hydrating the lips. Gently warm a small amount of the oil and rub onto the lips with your finger.

Do you crave for the perfect looking lips? Do you suffer with dry and chapped lips?

Then why not pop over to the following link to see the mouthwatering lip balms at Mel’s Little Luxuries on:-


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