Your lips are one of the most beautiful features of your face. They say you’re never fully dressed without a smile. If your personality is your business card, your smile is your logo. So why not augment your logo of a confident smile with your well-nourished and moisturized lips? Lip care isn’t too difficult, but there are certain things to avoid when it comes to caring about your lips.
- Things to Avoid for Caring Lips
- How to make Homemade Lip Balm
Things to Avoid for Caring Lips
Cigarettes contain nicotine in them. Nicotine is said to cause discolouration and darkening of the lips. At the same time, smoking leads to lack of blood circulation to the lips, which makes it dull. The reasons to quit smoking are many, but for sure if you desire your lips to look pink and healthy, it is best to quit smoking.
Tea and coffee contain a significant percentage of caffeine. Caffeine is said to cause blackening of the lips and thus must be avoided or controlled.
3.Excess exposure to the sun
Just like the skin, your lips also contain the pigment melanin which gives it its color. Overexposure to the sun increases the synthesis of melanin in the skin, including the skin on the lips. This leads to darkening of the lips which can be avoided by reducing excess exposure to the sun.
4.Harsh chemical-based lipsticks
For those who use lipsticks on a regular basis, it is extremely important to look into the ingredient list. Parabens and other harsh chemicals are corrosive in nature and prolonged use of them can cause pigmentation on the skin. Also, certain artificial fragrances, ingredients like menthol and camphor present in lipsticks can dry out the lips.
5.Peeling Chapped Lips
We all have felt the irritation caused by chapped and dry lips. While it might feel like a good idea to pull at the dry and dead skin, it, in fact, may lead to infection as it removes the natural skin protection. Instead, use a homemade lip balm to feel better, and avoid peeling chapped lips at all costs.
Apart from avoiding the damaging factors listed above, it is extremely important to keep your lips hydrated and moisturized at all times. The best way to accomplish this is to use a lip balm. While there are about a hundred different lip balms available in the market, nothing beats making one at home using all-natural ingredients.
How to make Homemade Lip Balm
Making lip balms at home can be very fun and exciting exercise as it can be easily made at home and your lips will thank you for the nourishment by something made of your own hands. And to add to that, there are hundreds of recipes which you can follow based on the ingredients you prefer. Here are a few popular ones.
1. Coconut Oil & Beeswax Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
Coconut oil is probably one of the most commonly used natural ingredients when it comes to skin and hair care. Just as how coconut oil nourishes and hydrates the skin, using it in a lip balm will ensure that your lips never dry or flake out again. The nutrients present in coconut oil will nourish your lips from within, making it extremely soft and supple.
1:2 ratios of beeswax pellets and coconut oil.
- Melt the beeswax and the coconut oil together on a double boiler or microwave.
- Mix both the melted ingredients thoroughly so the oil is well distributed.
- Transfer the mixture when it is in a melted state into a clean and dry lip balm tube that is easily available in the market. Let it rest for a couple of minutes so that it solidifies.
Lo, and behold, your natural lip balm is ready in less than 5 minutes!
2. Essential Oil Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
1 tablespoon each of beeswax pellets and coconut oil, and 3-5 drops of an essential oil of your choice. Using a peppermint essential oil will ensure that your lips look plump and juicy all day while a lemon essential oil will prevent pigmentation of the lips. You can also use lavender oil for this as well, as lavender oil is highly beneficial for the skin. These measurements are best suited if you want to make about 5 to 6 lip balm tubes.
- Make sure that the tube is cleaned out thoroughly. If it is not, it might just about become a breeding ground for bacteria which is definitely undesirable.
- Take the beeswax pellets into a small microwaveable bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave and let it melt for about 45 seconds.
- Once the pellets have completely liquefied, add the coconut oil to the same bowl and microwave it again for about 45 seconds to a minute.
- At this point, you would have got a well-liquefied mixture of the beeswax and the oil. Gently mix it well.
- Finally, add the essential oil of your choice and for one last time, microwave it for another 30 seconds or so. The key is to ensure that everything is completely melted and forms one seamless liquid.
- You can use either a syringe or a small plastic spoon to fill the tubes with the melted mixture up to the brim.
- Let it solidify completely. This should take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Once this is done, your lip balm is ready for use.
3. Shea Butter Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
Shea butter is one of the best ingredients that you can possibly use on your lips. This is because Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties which heal chapped, dry and dehydrated lips. Apart from this, Shea butter creates an invisible moisture barrier which prevents further drying of the lips. Shea butter is also said to protect the lips from the damaging free radicals that we are exposed to because of the UV rays of the sun. It also contains vitamins such as Vitamin A and E which prevents premature aging of the sensitive skin on the lips.
1:3 ratio of beeswax pellets and Shea butter, a couple drops of essential oil (optional)
- Add the beeswax pellets and the Shea butter into a bowl and mix well.
- Place the bowl over a double boiler and keep stirring the mixture until it completely melts. This will take anywhere between 3 to 5 minutes depending on the quantity of the batch that you are preparing.
- When the mixture has completely melted, add any essential oil of your choice if you want to and mix for a couple more seconds.
- Finally, pour the mixture into a pre-sterilized lip balm mold and you are all good to go.
4. Tinted Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
For those of you who are not fans of clear lip balm, and prefer colored lip balms instead, you can make a tinted lip balm at home using all natural products!
For the tint, you can either use freshly picked rose or hibiscus petals. This will give you a very light stain of sorts. If you want a darker color, you can use organically available beetroot powder.
A tablespoon of beeswax pellets and almond oil each, the tint of your choice and some essential oil (optional)
- First, to extract the tint, boil either the flower petals or the beetroot powder in the almond oil. Strain the oil from the petals or any residual powder and keep aside.
- Using a double burner method, melt the beeswax until it is completely melted for at least 3 to 5 minutes
- Add the tinted almond oil that was kept aside to the melted beeswax and whisk thoroughly.
- Once the desired consistency of the mixture is obtained, add the essential oil if you wish to and transfer the melted mixture into a clean lip balm tube.
- Let it sit for a couple of minutes until the beeswax completely hardens and then your tinted natural lip balm is ready to use.
5. Honey Lip Balm Recipe
If you are looking for more exotic ingredients to make your homemade lip balm, honey might just be it. Honey is said to contain mild natural bleaching agents which can be additionally useful if you are suffering from dark or pigmented lips. Honey will help eliminate the darkness and pigmentation. Also, honey gently scrubs and smoothens dry or chapped skin cells on the lips, making it bright and healthy looking.
1:1 ratio of beeswax pellets and honey, any essential oil of your choice (optional)
- Using a double burner or a microwave, melt the beeswax pellets until it is completely liquefied.
- Then, add the honey to the bowl and mix well. Melting this might take a little time as honey is denser, so just continue mixing it until the honey has completely meshed in with the beeswax.
- Add any essential oil or tint of your choice if need be and transfer it to a clean and dry lip balm tube. You can even skip out on the essential oil as the natural fragrance of honey itself is calming.
And don’t forget to smile. You look your best when you smile. 🙂