There's no such thing as owning one lip balm. In one lifetime, you probably accrue hundreds of tubes (for the total lip balm obsessed, thousands may be a more realistic estimate). However, some lip balms actually have ingredients that irritate the skin and cause inflammation, which naturally would prompt someone to want to use even more lip balm, no? As enticing as a tube may look, it's possible there are several hidden ingredients hindering your lips' ability to fully heal and moisturize. So why not go the natural route?
According to Adina Grigore, founder of SW Basics, "Pure essential oils contain dynamic components that work with your body and your body's chemistry for synergistic, healing results." Below, take a look at the essential oils that repair dry lips and form a protective barrier, especially during plummeting temps (just keep in mind many need a carrier oil like jojoba to help dilute them; otherwise, they may be too pungent if placed directly on the skin).
Rose Geranium Oil
Says Grigore, "This essential oil aids in healing dry, aggravated, and cracked skin, which may also be the reason it's commonly found in lotions and lip balms. I also like to add a few drops to the water and enjoy a relaxing face steam." It doesn't hurt that it also smells like a dream.
Carrot Seed Oil
While intensely nourishing, this oil is also anti-fungal to help ward off cracking in the corners of the mouth and yeast infections on the lips.
Carrot seed oil is an essential oil, which has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Camellia, a type of flower, produces an oil that's scientifically proven to be anti-aging and actually induces the synthesis of collagen for fuller, plumper lips.
Lavender oil (aka lavandula angustifolia) is a type of essential oil that comes from the flowers of the lavender plant, which grows in various regions such as France and Bulgaria. Its main components are linalool, linalyl acetate, lavandulol, geraniol, and eucalyptol, which have antibacterial as well as anti-fungal properties.
Sweet Almond Oil
Dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi told The Cut that sweet almond oil is very fatty and rich, meaning it's occlusive and holds in moisture.
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