It seems you’re always applying lip balm. Lips don’t have oil glands, so it’s up to us to keep them properly hydrating. But with dehydrating lipsticks, wind, sun and lack of water intake, our lips can take a beating. Chapping, dryness and lack of vibrancy result.
To prevent dry lips, look for the following ingredients in your lip balms and hydrating treatments.
- Coconut oil: This miracle ingredient helps hair, skin and lips. It’s all natural, tastes yummy and deeply moisturizes with medium-chain fatty acids. Try Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut & Pear
- Argan oil: This restorative oil protects and conditions dry, delicate lips while smoothing the appearance of lines. Try Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment
- Vitamin E: Long known as a scar repair, Vitamin E replenishes and binds moisture to your lips. Try Jo Malone Vitamin E Lip Conditioner
- Shea Butter: This rich butter restores suppleness and softness to your lips. Make sure to look for fair trade Shea butter. Try L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm.
- Babassu Oil: Similar to coconut oil, Babassu oil leaves a protective moisture coat on the skin, making it a long-lasting hydrator. Try AngelLift Dermalips.
Ingredients to avoid: Now that we’ve given you ingredients to look for in your lip balms and moisturizers, make sure to avoid these ingredients: camphor, menthol, phenol and alcohol. Though they may be in a lot of lip products, they can actually dry out lips.
Additional tip: Not only does dehydration affect things like your weight, but it also makes your skin and lips dry. Keep hydrated internally by drinking enough water. A general rule of thumb is your body weight divided in half equals the number of ounces you should be drinking a day.