My lips are taking a beating this winter. The dry, cold air was making them scaly, chapped and sometimes painful. Many conventional lip balms contain chemical ingredients like parabens and petroleum. (Look here to learn about why these are bad). Natural lip balms use safer ingredients and can help soothe those sore, chapped lips.
Here are some good ingredients to look for:
Hempseed Oil: One of my favorites. This oil contains essential fatty acids that hydrate the lips and both seal and coat the lip skin.
Aloe Vera: Especially good for wind-burned lips (think skiers and snow boarders), aloe vera can also ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Vitamin E: This antioxidant helps regenerate vitamin C in the skin cells and helps with collagen formation.
Sweet Almond Oil: A great moisturizer with antioxidant properties to help soothe lips. This is also great for moisturizing after a shower or bath. It is the only thing I have used on my son for a moisturizer since he was born.
Calendula: This healing flower is used to calm sunburns and other skin irritations.
Essential Oils: Tea tree, peppermint, sweet orange and rosemary have antibacterial and antibiotic properties.
So when choosing a lip balm, look for one with few ingredients, so the chance of a reaction is lessened. To find out what Village Green carries, call 1-800-869-9159.