Five times thinner than that of the face, the lip skin is constantly on the move, challenged by verbal communication and facial expressions. Deprived of hydrolipidic film, the lips do not have sebaceous glands, nor melanin pigments. Without natural protection, they are very vulnerable to external aggressions and susceptible to dehydration. Applying a balm is far from being a coquetry, it is an essential treatment that performs several functions.
What is lip balm used for?
- Security agent. The lips are in the first line, exposed to the sun, the cold, the pollution which dry out and can cause chapping. The film-forming effect of the thick texture of the balm compensates for the absence of the hydrolipidic film and acts as a shield to protect them from potential aggressors.
- Hydrating and anti-aging coach. With age, the lips become thinner. Rich in fatty substances and in particular based on nourishing vegetable oils, the balm moisturizes them, boosts their curvature, limits the appearance of fine lines, brings suppleness, for a pulpy mouth.
- SOS glow. Applied in massage, it smoothes the lips, gives them a brighter appearance and stimulates microcirculation with, ultimately, an immediate pinkish effect.
What ingredients to make your own lip balm?
We choose organic ingredients to avoid pesticides, and preferably short and local channels that promote the work of artisans and meet safe manufacturing standards. To encapsulate your DIY balm, “we rely on glass jars, this material is the most neutral. The formula remains unharmed, no container / content interaction possible “, explains Clémence Le Solliec, cosmetologist and founder of L’Artisane.
A balm is made from a mixture of oils, butters or natural waxes, which need to be heated. Be careful not to heat up too much, as this may alter their quality! “You can’t finish a recipe without adding a preservative, even if some ingredients like oils keep well, we secure the formula with a drop of Vitamin E“, specifies our cosmetologist.
Three DIY recipes to make your lip balm at home
Strawberry pearl lip balm
Ingredients: 2.3 g of shea butter • 1 g of beeswax • 3 g of oily organic vanilla macerate • 0.1 g of natural aromatic extract of organic strawberry • 0.02 g of mineral powder pink • 0.07 g of shiny white mica mineral mother-of-pearl • 1 drop of vitamin E
- Melt the shea butter in a double boiler in a saucepan of water heated to low temperature, then add the beeswax and the oily vanilla macerate.
- Remove the bain-marie from the saucepan, pour into it, gently mixing with a mini whisk the strawberry extract, the rose oxide mineral powder, the mother-of-pearl powder and the vitamin E.
- Pour everything into a pot and let cool to room temperature. Taken from the aroma-zone.com site.
Our expert’s advice:
Its formula is very complete and offers a smooth texture. Natural antioxidant, rich in vitamins A, D, E, F and omega-9, shea butter is very nourishing and protective, beeswax, soothing and healing, the right mixture to regenerate the lips.
Another advantage of this balm, its rose oxide and mother-of-pearl powders provide a glittery rosé finish, the right trick to make thin lips for voluminous. To guarantee the iridescent effect throughout the formula, shake the jar and immediately slide it into the freezer so that its illuminating powders set evenly. We note the strawberry extract and the oily macerate of vanilla which give it a sweet taste very pleasant.
Recipe taken from the aroma-zone.com website
Cocoa Butter Orange Lip Balm
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons of cocoa butter • 4 teaspoons of sweet almond oil • 1 teaspoon of beeswax • 3 drops of sweet orange essential oil
- Melt the beeswax, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil in a bowl in a bain-marie until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
- Off the heat, add the essential orange oil and mix everything together.
- Pour the preparation into a pot that is placed in the freezer to accelerate solidification.
Our expert’s advice:
This balm is perfect for chapped and irritated lips in night care. Its strength is based on its large amount of sweet almond oil, champion of regeneration, with its 70% omega-6. Its cocoa butter, rich in squalene and phytosterols, comes as a reinforcement to nourish and repair the skin.
Photosensitizing, its essential oil of orange prevents any exposure to the sun, therefore reserved for evening use. It calms irritation, soothes the mind, offers better sleep, enough to spend a sweet night for well plumped lips in the morning. Its very solid texture requires rubbing the formula to soften it and remove the material to be applied in a thick layer. Add vitamin E for good preservation.
Recipe taken from the book “Making natural cosmetics, it’s easy!”, Cyrille Saura-Zellweger, ed. Youth, € 8.70.
Rose lip balm
Ingredients: 4 tablespoons of coconut oil • 2 tablespoons of shea butter • 2 tablespoons of beeswax • 1 teaspoon of rose powder • 3 drops of rose essential oil
- Place the coconut oil, shea butter and wax in a bowl. Melt them in a double boiler, simmering water.
- Remove the bowl from the pot and stir in the rose powder while stirring.
- Add rose essential oil and mix to homogenize well.
- Pour into a tightly sealed jar and let cool.
Our expert’s advice:
Coconut oil is very interesting for its nourishing, soothing, softening virtues but also antimicrobial. Rich in lauric acid, it is recommended in case of cold sore. Associated with shea butter, this duo has an anti-aging action, boosted by invigorating rose essential oil and regenerating rose powder, which as a bonus color the formula. We can change the shade of the balm replacing the rose powder with madder powder, a mahogany-colored plant pigment.
Only downside of this balm: its texture can vary under the effect of heat, coconut oil liquefies very quickly. In winter, you can slip it into your bag without worry, but in fine weather, you keep it cool so that it retains its solid texture.
Recipe taken from the book “Natural beauty products”, Rebecca Sullivan, ed. Artemis, € 12.90.