It almost looks like the usual abundance of distractions just went on a holiday. The single most compelling force is to touch that Lip Balm that has just set, or so you think. You stand there and watch. Then you touch it. Then you curse because it was not quite dry and you screwed up the pristine look.
So, my first recommendation when making your own lip balm: pour it into your container of choice and walk away. It takes a couple of hours to set, so you might want to brew up some coffee or finish up with that e-mail.
PS. “I am neither a naturopath nor a beautician but I believe, when nature has best solutions for common problems; there is no reason to go for chemical-laden products that cost an arm and a leg. Plus, making your own customized lotions and bars help you understand the ingredients better and give you an edge over the companies with fancy labels”.
In our world of the quick fix, “give me as few steps as possible”, skin care routines sometimes get overlooked as the frivolous skincare step.
Yet, as the weather gets colder, skip the quick fix and try a potent elixir.
Something you gonna make at home with the purest ingredients. Sound good?
This formulation can be used as a night and day Beauty Treatment for dry, chapped lips. Perfect as a lip primer before applying lipstick or as a stand-alone for naturally tinted lips. The natural moisturizing butter and vitamins in the ingredients used, fully penetrate below the lip surface for maximum hydration, exfoliating dry skin, bringing in younger, more beautiful skin faster.
Take a look at the ingredients of this lovely lip balm you gonna make in a few minutes from now.
The Science behind lip balm:
What is BeesWax?
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honeybees. It is a natural healing hydrating ingredient that increases moisture in the skin, beeswax helps in healing and softening the lips. It also has an added advantage of retaining its antibacterial properties and vitamin A even after boiling.
Beeswax works well in cosmetic products because of the fatty acid present in both human and beeswax. It is these compounds that help to bind and emulsify lip balms and lipsticks.
What is shea butter?
Karite trees are native to Africa and after a lot of processing the nuts of this tree produce shea butter.
Shea butter absorbs into the skin while forming a breathable water resistant layer. It also has properties that are anti-inflammatory.
Shea butter is a complex fat derived from fatty acids. These fatty acids work together to make lips softer and more pliable increasing the skin’s hydration by reducing evaporation of the lip’s natural moisture reserve.
After pounding, roasting, beating and grinding the nuts with water, the fat left is boiled to separate the clear oil that is the Shea butter. As the oil cools into Shea butter, it is beaten to make it smooth.
What is Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax from the jojoba plant seed. It closely resembles the natural sebum of the skin. Jojoba removes excess oil and helps to retain the natural oil balance of the delicate lip skin. It contains a natural anti-inflammatory substance called myristic acid and also has natural antioxidant properties.
What is Peppermint oil?
Peppermint oil is an essential oil that has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Now that we have had a good discussion about the chemistry of lip balm and what’s going on scientifically, let’s get started!
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