Every day we face elements from the environment that can leave our skin dry and damaged. Cold weather patterns, wind and dry air can all leave skin feeling arid by drawing moisture away from the body. Out of all the body parts our lips are the most vulnerable to outside conditions and need protection to maintain lip comfort and prevent loss of moisture.
Lip balms provide a layer of protection from external exposure and seals in moisture. The skin of the lips is very thin and is the first to show signs of dryness. A good lip balm or salve can prevent any drying effect. What ingredients are usually found in a lip balm? Beeswax, camphor, petroleum jelly, menthol, fragrant scents and other ingredients usually make up a balm formula that can provide several benefits.
Lips are still skin and therefore also need protection from the sun. Look for lip balms that contain ingredients such as avobenzone, octinoxate or other sunscreens. If you are on a budget Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting SPF 8 Lip Balm or Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 will do the trick and both are under ten dollars. Two great choices under twenty dollars are Bobbi Brown’s Lip Balm SPF 15 or Lip Balm by Dr. Hauschka Skin Care.