Why use Lip Balm? Well, the weather’s certainly thrown a lot at us lately – strong bitterly cold winds, rain, hail. It all takes its toll on our skin and our delicate lips often take a real bashing in winter.
So why are our lips different? The skin all over our body comprises three layers – the top level (called the epidermis), the next layer down (the dermis) and then a fatty layer. However, the structure of our lips is different to the rest of our body, being more fragile with thinner layers. The very top layer of the epidermis of all our skin is covered by dead cells, known as the ‘stratum corneum’. This acts as a protective barrier against moisture loss, bacteria, heat and light. On our lips, the stratum corneum is only 3 to 4 cell layers thick compared with around 15 or 16 layers for other parts of our body. In fact, the reason our lips are a more rosy colour is because the blood vessels underneath the skin are more visible. Also, the skin our our lips contains no hair follicles or sweat glands (which produce oils and sweat) so that they are very vulnerable to moisture loss and sun damage.
So what can we do to protect our lips? Here are some fairly basic habits to help protect our lips.
- Do not lick or bite the lips.
- In bitter or blustery cold weather, cover the lips with a scarf or a ski mask.
- Stay well hydrated by drinking lots of fluid.
- Use a lip emollient or lipstick on the lips before going outside. Reapply it several times while outside.
Lipbalms are typically made using either a Petroleum Jelly (sometimes written as paraffinum liquidum or mineral oil) base or a beeswax base. Petroleum Jelly creates more of a barrier (rather like clingfilm on your lips) whereas beeswax absorbs to help moisturise the skin
Beeswax contains natural emulsifiers and has traditionally been used for many years to add moisture to dry skin, making it an ideal ingredient for lip balms. Beeswax contains natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can help soothe painful inflammation and prevent infection if you have sore, cracked or peeling lips. Because beeswax has no colour and very little smell (just a hint of the bee’s honey), it’s an ideal base for natural lip balms where you can then add deliciously smelling essential oils.
Our unfragranced lip balm is perfect for people who like to keep it simple with just beeswax, vitamin E and pure apricot and cocoa butter with organic jojoba and coconut oils for an added moisturising boost.
But if you like your lip balm to have a little fragrance then organic essential oils are perfect ingredients for delivering uplifting aromas such as our sweet grapefruit lip balm and lemon and lime lip balm.
Lavender oil has long been used for treating sore or irritated skin and its smell is renowned for its relaxing and rejuvenating properties. Our new lavender lip balm is pure nurturing lip indulgence. The smell will transport you to a field of fresh Cotswold lavender each time you slide open the tin.
If you’re looking for a natural anti-ageing lip balm then you can’t go wrong with one containing rose essential oil. There are beauty products galore containing rose flower oils which many believe help to fight ageing, reduce wrinkles and plump skin. Our Rosey lip balm contains rose geranium and rose otto oils to soothe ‘problem’ or ageing skin. We’re also proud to be supporting the team at ‘Let’s Buy British’
So, as you can see there are many benefits to using lip balm and with such a variety you’ll be spoilt for choice.
…What’s more we donate 5p from every sale to BBOWT (the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust.)