Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lip Balm: Hidden Ingredients

Have you ever applied lip balm, then a few minutes later you reapply it again? Then throughout the day you keep reapplying it, but your lips just never seem to get better? Or're just another victim of lip balms that contain drying ingredients so that you just keep buying the product but your lips never get better? What a sick trick, right?

Well, it's true. Seriously. Ingredients you should avoid at all cost:
  • Menthol, camphor, and phenol: These ingredients may make you go ooh and aaah from the numbing affect, but once the affect disappears, you're left with even drier and irritated lips.
  • Silicone oil: This locks out all moisture from your lips, but keeps the color in the lip balm. Which would you rather choose?
  • Fragrance: Alcohol-based fragrances whisk the moisture right out of your lips. Look for better fragrance ingredients such as essential oils.
  • Salicylic acid: Go look at your face wash. What's one of the active ingredients in it? Salicylic acid. Why? It dries out pimples. Why are you putting this on your lips?

Do you see how tricky the lip balm industry is? They sell you products to make you come back and buy their products. They don't want your lips healing up because then they can't sell you more lip balm. See how it works?

And I don't know about you...But I would avoid another two ingredients: Petroleum and Mineral Oil. Do you know what those ingredients are and what they're used for?

Let's bring out some definitions from wikipedia:

~Petroleum-(L. petroleum, from Greek: petra (rock) + Latin: oleum (oil)) or crude oil is a naturally occurring, flammable liquid consisting of a complex mixture of hydrocarbons of various molecular weights and other liquid organic compounds, that are found in geologic formations beneath the Earth's surface.

Did you get that? I know it's a complex definition, but petroleum is what you put in your gas tank.

~Mineral Oil-any of various colorless, odorless, light mixtures of alkanes in the C15 to C40 range from a non-vegetable (mineral) source, particularly a distillate of petroleum.

Well, then. So it basically comes from petroleum too. Another sentence from wiki about mineral oil I'd like to share:  Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products from crude oil.

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