Winter Lip Care Tips from Seed
"Wax on. Wax off."
-Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid)
The lowdown on waxy balms
Let's start our winter lip care guide by talking about wax today. "Wax?" you ask. Yes. Lip balms share a common feature -- wax. Perhaps it is beeswax or carnauba wax, maybe it's microcrystalline wax or ozokerite wax. Most lip balms contain petrolatum (a crude oil derived ingredient).
To create a balm, you need a mixture of oils and waxes. Once heated, blended together & cooled, they form a balm.
The problem with waxes is that they feel -- well -- waxy. They just coat the lips and do not actually provide much-needed hydration to the lips. They are good at providing a bit of a barrier, but they lack the ability to moisturize. They do, however, make it feel like your lips are suffocating.
It's a common misconception that waxy balms help deliver moisture to the lips.
Here's what Dr. Mauro C. Rumita, who specializes in esthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery says on the subject: "Contrary to what most people believe, [some] don't hydrate the lips. Instead, they seal moisture out, so lips can't absorb it."
Dermatologist Dr. Audrey Kunin agrees."How much moisture does a tube of wax give your lips? Very little. Wax is a protective barrier, not a healing agent," she writes.
Thinking beyond typical wax-based balms
So we know that wax gives a barrier, but what ingredients DO have the ability to provide both protection and moisturization to the lips?
Seed's exclusive Lip Oil formula consists of 100% plant-based ingredients with naturally occurring antioxidants, essential fatty acids, phytosterols, and more. As a result, our Lip Oils:
- Harness small oil molecules for superior skin penetration and nutrient delivery
- Help reduce the signs of aging and promote regeneration
- Help build lips' protective barrier
- Wax-free and Water-free formula supplies lips the natural oils they lack
Wintertime Lip Care Tips from (seed)
- Exfoliate your lips.People tend to overlook the importance of exfoliating their lips. If you have been a long-time lip balm user, especially, everything that has been sitting on the lips coating them needs to be sloughed off. Mix equal parts sugar and natural oil and make a homemade scrub. Massage the scrub into your lips in circular motions. OR just use a washcloth. Easy peasy.
- Moisturize regularly. Apply lip oil as needed to heal and protect, as well as keep those lips looking smooth and supple with the (seed) Lip Oil of your choice. Apply as often as needed. Remember that our oil is not thick and waxy barrier, so it is okay to reapply and allow all of the beneficial ingredients to sink in.
- Resist the urge to lick your lips. Although it may seem like licking them takes the dryness away, it worsens it. Why? When you lick your lips, bacteria and digestive enzymes from your saliva will dry the delicate skin of your lips.
- Stay hydrated. Are you drinking enough water? When your body is dehydrated, it impacts the lips, too.
Lip Oil Comparison Guide from (seed)
While you will enjoy all of the lip oils, the formulas do vary slightly. Here's a handy guide while choosing your product. When you look at the oils on our website, you will also notice that we list every single ingredient in each one to help make your decision.
***Update, since February, 2016, we now have added Shea Nut Oil to all of our Seed Lip Oils.
Learn more at http://www.seedbodycare.com/collections/lip-oils
Real people like you & me are raving about our oils. Here's some feedback:
"Love it, love it, love it! My lips feel very soft, it helps them feel hydrated, and it just takes a slight touch of the roller ball to cover both lips." - Carrie
"Nice and smooth. Smells a lot like lemonade. There's not much of a taste, which I think is good because then you would try to eat your lips and that would be weird." - Nick, 7th grader
"One word: Silky." - Heather
"I feel like my lips are so much healthier." - Jennifer
"Pretty much completely awesome - smells good, feels good, and I love the apothecary feel of the glass." - Mary
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We cannot believe that it's already the second week of December. While the calendar technically still says Autumn, your skin is likely showing the effects of winter temperatures.
With the changing seasons comes a need to adjust your skin care routine a bit.
Winter is the ideal time to repair and renew your skin. The long, hot summer temperatures -- and extra sun exposure that you experienced -- likely did a bit of damage to your skin, so now is your opportunity to do a bit of repair and prep your complexion for the winter months ahead.Here at Seed, we are sharing our expert tips for soft, healthy looking skin all winter long.
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It can be difficult choosing body care for people. Many people find scented products to be too strong. In fact, artificial fragrance is linked to everything from allergies and asthma to chronic headaches. Our body creams are scented only with 100% natural essential oils and are subtle and beautiful. There is something so very special about this particular body cream.
It's like a comforting cup of tea.
Not only is the formula pure luxury with its decadent, rich texture, but the ingredients sink right in to pamper even the driest of skin types. Enriched with sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, shea butter, antioxidant green tea, and more, our cream makes your skin feel as smooth as satin. Did we mention the aroma of the pure oils? It is honestly like a cup of herbal lemon ginger tea. It is comforting and warm, spicy and a bit tart. It is just stunning. Treat yourself -- or someone you love -- to Luxe Lemon Ginger Body Cream from Seed.
Did you know that this cold, dry winter weather can have a major impact on your skin care routine? Our friends near the Great Lakes are seeing significant amounts of snowfall. My friend Lauren in West Seneca, New York has more than five FEET of snow. Let’s take a look at the low humidity and frigid temperatures affect your skin.
Itchiness and a tight feeling are common skin issues related to dry air, but there are some skin care tips you can use to help tackle the problem.
- Be gentle on your skin. When you dry off after bathing, be sure to pat your skin dry. Don’t rub.
- Always follow your shower or bath with a rich cream layered over body oil.
- Look for cream formulations instead of lotions and fluids for facial hydration.
- Avoid ingredients such as alcohol and sulfates, which will cause more dryness.