Your lips are one of the few organs that serve many functions such as speech, eating and drinking, and not to mention kissing.
Lips have the fewest layers of skin and are the most susceptible to weather and environmental changes. For this reason, the lips usually require more care than other parts of your body. Cracks in the lips make it easier for germs to enter the body and lips are prone to infections. For that reason, the use of balms and specialized lip creams are widely used.
If you surf the Internet, you can find recipes for almost every kind of cake, bread or homemade remedy. One of the most popular recipes in skin care are lip balm recipes.
Regardless of the search engine, you will find many recipes for lip balm, from those that are really cheap and use ingredients found around the house to those that are a little more complex, matching what many over the counter brands use.
Many of the lip balm recipes are simple to make. So, you may want to start making your own products, this is an easy first step. The ingredients for most lip balm recipes are easily found in health food stores or drug stores.
You can use my lavender lip balm recipe below as a guideline to amounts used when making your own lip balms.
• Essential oils. Depending on your specific likes or needs. I love to use lavender essential oil, because it smells great, it moisturises and it protects your lips against bacteria.
You will also need: Lip balm containers of your choice, stove and pot, knife, mixing bowl and a spoon for mixing.
The average preparation time is 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish. The best part is the average cost ranges from 8 to 12 cents per container.
Even though many of the recipes are the same, there are some differences. Most of the lip balm recipes will tell you to use beeswax. The beeswax is important in firming up the lip balm as opposed to using other petroleum-based products. Beeswax allows your lips to “breathe" and Beeswax also offers a slight antibacterial agent found naturally. You will be able to tell the difference because petroleum-based products, they have an oilier feel than beeswax.
The butters also add moisture and allow for healing of chapped skin to take place, regardless of the environmental factors. Vitamin E is also integral for healing and for a healthier look to your natural lips.
For a touch of colour to a customized lip balm, take a tiny amount of your favourite lipstick and stir it into the lip balm just before it is finished cooking. It will add a touch of color to your finished and probably healthier product.