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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Also in Lately I've been paying more attention
Do you still use shaving cream from the drugstore?
Take a look at the back of the canister when you use it next time. Chances are, Triethanolamine and Propane are near the top of the ingredients listing.
- Triethanolamine is an emulsifier and pH adjuster; can be especially hazardous when combined with Diazolidinyl Urea. Studies have shown that a large number of cosmetics with TEA (short for Triethanolamine) are contaminated with Nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. (source)
- Propane, a hydrocarbon, is a propellant. It helps give the product its mousse-like fluffy foam. It is extremely sensitizing to the lungs in moderate doses. It can be highly irritating to the skin, nasal passages and mucus membranes. More than 6,500 studies have been conducted on propane. It is a skin, lung, and eye irritant. (source)
We have shared many "hacks" using our products over the years. Before we had lip products, Rebecca would apply our body cream to her chapped lips. Before we came out with facial care, I used our fragrance free hand cream on dry patches. I use fragrance free body oil on my eye lashes to keep them shiny and as a cuticle oil, too.
Can Seed products be used on the hair? Yes, absolutely!
Our friend, Tori, uses our Soft Balm on her hair and Susan, one of our valued customers, shares this about our Body Oil:
"You should really include in your summary that this wonderful product is also amazingly healing for dry, brittle and frizzy hair! It has made a remarkable difference where no other product has. Thank you for commitment for excellence!"
Let's take a look at why people keep sharing their love of Seed for helping improve the look and condition of their hair.
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