Pucker up: The Ultimate guide to Lip Balms.

Pucker up: The Ultimate guide to Lip Balms.

Posted by Joline Stevens on

Lip balms are essential companions in our daily skincare routine, but it’s worth knowing WHY lip balms are essential. Here we tackle all the balm related questions you've thrown at us.

So why use a lip balm at all? The skin on our lips is thinner, more delicate and cannot produce its own sebum. Sebum is the oily substance the rest of your skin produces which keeps it hydrated, protected and supplied with antioxidants.

Unlike the rest of your skin, our lips cannot protect and hydrate themselves – hence the need for a handy balm (along with that big ‘ol glass of water!). 

Let’s dive into the most frequently asked questions about lip balms.

 

How Does Lip Balm Work?

Lip balm works by creating a protective barrier on the surface of your lips, which helps to repair and lock in moisture and protect against the weather, A.C or your central heating!

 

When to Apply Lip Balm & How Much?

Apply a light swipe of lip balm whenever your lips feel dry or cracked. It’s particularly effective after eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth, as these activities can strip moisture from your lips. During the day apply lip balm AFTER your SPF has had time to absorb. Additionally, apply it before bed to let the ingredients work overnight.

It's worth noting that we digest 70% of lip products so opt for natural lip balms whenever you can (vaseline free for example which is petroleum-based). The planet will also love you for buying palm oil and cruelty free balms!

 

Which Lip Balm is Best for Dry or cracked Skin?

For dry skin, seek ingredients that pack the most hydrating punch – oils such as Avocado oil. Argan, rosehip seed and jojoba oil also work well. These combined with a soothing nourishing butter – such as shea butter or cocoa butter will help to repair and soothe dry, cracked lips.

If your lips are very chapped you may want to opt for an essential oil free balm, or one that has soothing properties like Lavender, or Zesty Orange which has natural antiseptic properties that can help to heal cracks.

 

Which Lip Balm is best for darker skin tones?

All our lip balms are formulated to be inclusive and suitable for all skin tones. However, the Au Natural lip balm is a great option for those who prefer a clear, non-tinted balm that enhances the natural beauty of their lips without altering their colour. Lip balms are skincare versus a lipstick which is all about the colour.

 

Can Lip Balms Go in Your Hand Luggage? Are they allowed on Planes?

Absolutely! Our Lip balms are generally allowed in hand luggage and on planes. They fall under the category of solid toiletries, which means they don’t count towards your liquid allowance. So, feel free to keep your favourite lip balm handy during flights to keep your lips moisturised.

Please note this isn't true of other brands lip butters, creams or gels - which do count towards your liquid allowance.

 

Do Lip Balms Expire?

Yes, lip balms do expire. Most lip balms have a shelf life of about 1-2 years. You can usually find the expiration date on the packaging. Over time, the natural ingredients can degrade, reducing the balm's effectiveness. It's always best to store your lip balm in a cool, dry place to maintain its quality.

Keep your lips healthy and beautiful with our plant-based, sustainable lip balms. And maybe carry an extra one for him, her or them.

You might be interested in our Zesty Orange lip balm.

Anything we missed? Drop your questions below!

 

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