5 reasons to pucker up for au naturel lip products
It’s a cycle that goes round and round: your skin breaks out or dries up, so you slather it in product as a short-term solution. Often you know that a heavy foundation or chemical-based lip gloss will only exacerbate the problem but it’s worth it for a quick fix.
It’s little wonder customers are looking for alternatives to chemical-based skincare. Like other beauty products, natural lip gloss and lip balms are far better for skin health. Not only will they moisturise chapped lips in a crisis, they’ll also smooth and soften your skin with natural ingredients that prevent the problem from reoccurring. If that’s not an alternative to harmful chemicals, we don’t know what is!
Like many beauty products, lip glosses and lip balms have a history of animal testing. This is something many customers feel uncomfortable with - an attitude that’s only set to grow. If you plan to treat an eco-conscious friend this year, double check the label of any lip product before giving it as a gift. The last thing you’d want is to pay into an industry your recipient feels uncomfortable with!
If you’re uncomfortable with animal-tested products, consider going cruelty-free. The Lanolips collection is made with all-natural ingredients and never tested on animals. In fact, it was founder Kirsten Carrio’s love of living beings that inspired the lip care collection. Following a childhood spent on her grandparents’ farm, she came to appreciate the benefits of lanolin, a natural oil found in sheep's wool. The extraction of lanolin is cruelty-free and painless, while its effects on human skin are highly beneficial.
Those unfamiliar with parabens might be unaware of their effects. Otherwise known as preservatives, you'll often find parabens protecting against bacteria in the formulas of lip gloss and lip balm.
While parabens might be used with good intentions, recent industry controversy has inspired countless customers to go paraben-free. Not only can they dry out the skin, some scientists have even linked them to cancerous tumours. While research remains patchy and experts stand divided, one way to ensure a safe lip care regime is to avoid excess use of parabens - if any at all!
If paraben-free life sounds good to you, opt for a natural lip care brand like Lanolips. Their products replace harmful chemicals with ingredients like cocoa seed butter, seed oil, jojoba and rose essence. Sounds good to us!
Can replacing popular lip care ingredients with natural ones ensure the same results?
In a word - yes! Lanolips know that natural products are just as effective when it comes to treating chapped lips. In fact, deeply moisturising ingredients like rose and jojoba are known for their skin-loving properties. Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is a natural antioxidant, well-renowned for its ability to calm inflammation and moisturise the skin. Its strength lies in the fact that it’s oil-based rather than water-based and therefore less likely to evaporate as your skin is exposed to environmental aggressors. Natural Vitamins E and B are found in abundance in jojoba, unlike its chemical-derived counterparts. Your lips will be in safe hands!
Natural lip care products are usually fragrance-free. While the term ‘fragrance’ sounds perfectly innocent, it can often be made from harmful ingredients. Fragrances are sometimes added to beauty products simply to neutralise the unpleasant smell of their chemical ingredients, and themselves contain further solvents and fixatives. When it comes to natural lip care products, their lack of chemical nasties automatically reduces the need for fragrances. It’s a snowball effect - break the chain with natural lip care products instead!
While we could discuss in depth the effects of sulfates on skin, we’ll leave you with this fact instead: they’re used in floor cleaners. Yes. If you wouldn’t put that on your chapped lips, why invest in a lip care product that contains similar ingredients?
Opt instead for a product like Rose Gold 101 Ointment Balm + Tint for Lips and Cheeks. This savvy lip care product mimics the effects of blood rushing to the surface of your skin, encouraging an all-natural rosy glow. Zero artificial fragrances, parabens or sulfates are needed to tackle chaps and leave you with a healthy, kissable pout!