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Lip balm is a wax- like substance that helps moisturize and hydrate the lips as well as healing chapped lips and dry ones.

1- Some Current Main Components Used:

  • Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly and white petrolatum, this chemical  is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Originally, it was promoted as a topical ointment given the fact its healing properties. Petrolatum is an ingredient used in many cosmetics to soothe and heal many unpleasant ailments such as toenail fungus, nosebleeds and diaper rash. The chemical is known for slowing the transepidermal water loss from the skin by building a barrier on its surface.
  • Paraben: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a clear and colorless liquid derived from alcohol.  It is most often used as a solvent and viscosity decreasing agent in cosmetics and personal care products such as fragrances, shaving, personal cleanliness products, and eye and facial makeup. 
  • Glycerin: Also known as glycerol, glycerin is a sugar alcohol that can be easily obtained from natural sources. It plays the role of a humectant: meaning it retains moisture in the upper layer of the skin and prevents premature moist from cosmetics. Glycerin has great moisturizing properties as well as it contains cleansing agents. It can be found in personal care products such as soaps, toothpastes, and hair conditioners.

2- Some Current  Hazardous Components to Avoid:

  • Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly and white petrolatum, this chemical  is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. Originally, it was promoted as a topical ointment given the fact its healing properties. Petrolatum is an ingredient used in many cosmetics to soothe and heal many unpleasant ailments such as toenail fungus, nosebleeds and diaper rash. The chemical is known for slowing the transepidermal water loss from the skin by building a barrier on its surface.
  • Paraben: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
  • Fragrance: Fragrance ingredients in cosmetics must meet the same requirements for safety as other cosmetic ingredients: they must be safe for consumers when they are used according to labeled directions. Some components of fragrance formulas may have a potential to cause allergic skin reactions or sensitivities for some people. 
  • Oxybenzone: This ingredient is the most widely used chemical sunscreen, and the Environmental Working Group has rated it an 8 on their own toxicity rating scale. Oxybenzone was said to disrupt hormonal activity of women.

3- Natural Alternatives:

  • Cocoa butter: Cocoa butter will help you have a healthy and soft lips as it has healing and softening properties like coconut oil.
  • Jojoba Oil: Originating from Southern Arizona, Southern California, and Northwestern Mexico, this ingredient is a liquid produced in the seed of the simmondsia chinensis plant. Jojoba oil soothes dry skin, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as it reduces skin redness caused by dryness. The oil is highly rich in both vitamins E and B.
  • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, not only this, but it does a great job moisturizing and hydrating your lips. Tap a little bit on your lips to get a glossy effect all while knowing it will leave your lips smooth and soft.

 

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