Fragrance Free SKIN CARE FOR THE Lips
Why do we need a specific lip product?
The structure of the skin on the lips is very different to that of the rest of the face with only three to five cellular layers when compared to typical face skin, which has up to 16 layers. Lip skin does not have sweat glands which provide the rest of the face with a protective layer of sweat and oils which keep the skin smooth, inhibit pathogens, and regulate warmth. Thus, harsh winter wind, cold, sun and dryness, indoors and outdoors, make lips more susceptible to dryness and a vulnerable target for chapping.
The difference between skin on the face and skin on the lips
The standard skin care product for treatment of the lips is a balm. A balm can be defined as any cream or liquid used to heal the skin. However, the products below all have the following characteristics which make up our balm category:
They are oil based
They contain no water (meaning they are anhydrous formulations)
They are used for topical application
They contain either a beeswax or some form of butter alternative e.g. shea butter, to give them a smooth texture and protective nature
They are simple, natural, and non-toxic skin medications
Preventing Grease Addiction
Despite the lips being so sensitive lip products so often contain some of the most irritating ingredients you find in skin care. Added fragrances and essential oils are common place many of which are added to give a cooling sensation. The perceived benefits these additions bring to lip products are superficial and the irritation they cause can lead to the constant reapplication of the product to try to remedy the very problems it is causing. This cycle is often referred to as grease addition.