Seed Tips: How to Get Beautiful, Soft Lips
One of the first things people notice about you is your lips. Think of it -- your lips are what people see when you smile and when you speak. Unfortunately, if you have chapped, peeling lips, everyone is going to notice them right away.
Healthy, beautiful soft lips can be yours with some easy to follow tips from our experts here at Seed.
Are petrolatum-based balms the key to soft lips?
What is the first thing most people reach for when their lips are feeling dry? If you answered the traditional balm for chapped lips sold at the drugstore, you're right. Unfortunately, a crude oil-derived balm is not the best choice.
It's a common misconception that these balms help deliver moisture to the lips.
Here's what Dr. Mauro C. Rumita, who specializes in aesthetic 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."
If your lips are ultra dry, there is a better balm alternative.
Do you need a physical barrier like a balm can provide? Yes, in certain situations. If you are outdoors a lot and exposed to the elements, it would be best to consider a natural balm to give your lips a layer of protection from Mother Nature. While a balm does not deliver moisture into the lips, it does protect.
Our plant based Seed Soft Balm protects without the most common ingredient found in lip balm: petrolatum. Not familiar with petrolatum? Here is a link to more information from the Skin Deep Database. It includes petrolatum's common synonyms, including "mineral grease." I don't know about you, but I don't want that on my lips.
For moisture & healing, try a lip oil.
I mentioned above that balms protect. So, why then would you want a lip oil? Good question! While it is a balm's job to provide a layer of protection, a lip oil's job is to offer healing, hydration, and extra nourishment.
Seed Lip Oils are 100% pure plant based goodness that soak into the lips. They are meant to nourish and condition the lips. They offer deep hydration and are beloved by our customers -- just check out the dozens of 5 star reviews!
Shea oil, abundant in vitamins and fatty acids, is present in all of our lips oils to soothe, soften, and moisturize. Jojoba oil, which is actually an ester, can replace that sticky balm and often protective benefits without stickiness. Antioxidant Vitamin E also offers protection and nourishment.
The exceptional seed ingredients simply are able to heal the lips in a way a traditional petrolatum-based balm or synthetic oil cannot.
Trendspotting: Let's talk plumping the pout
Open up any fashion magazine these days and you will see a glossy ad for lip plumping products. Stroll through the makeup stores at the mall and you'll notice the same thing.
Can we have a little heart to heart about how these products work? The ingredients in lip plumpers cause irritation. I am looking at plumpers right now on my desk. I have one with Alcohol Denat as the #2 ingredient! That is a harsh alcohol and you might as well swipe vodka across your lips (No, please do not try this at home and we are NOT suggesting this). It will burn and have a tingly feel. That tingle is irritation, bringing on a bit of swelling, Voila! Plump lips.
We looked at many natural alternatives to plumping the lips. Cinnamon essential oil is one possible ingredient for this, but it is very irritating to the lips. That inflammatory response from the burning feeling will naturally add volume to the lips. So would getting a bee sting, (also natural), but you would not want to do this to your lips.
We don't want to hurt your lips. The next time you see a a product promising to plump the lips, replace it with the proper word -- swell. Your lips are swelling because of the irritants. Not so appealing now, is it?
Please don't get me wrong. Once I turned 40, I noticed that my top lip lost some natural fullness. There are things you can do that are actually good for the lips, don't involve discomfort or costly injections with fillers.
Did you know that moisturizing ingredients such as grape seed oil contain phytosterols, which can naturally give lips a fuller appearance? They nourish and protect, giving a healthy and plump look. Our Peppermint Lip Oil was recently featured in the Zoe Report as their pick for natural lip plumping!
Whether you choose a Lip Oil or a Soft Balm -- or both -- there are lip care products for everyone on your list. Just don't forget to grab one for yourself.
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