This natural highly effective and easy to make moisturizing lip balm with red clover oil, coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax nourishes your lips, gives them moisture and reduces signs of ageing.
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I came across one article with headlines saying “Lips are a woman’s most attractive feature”. It says that women don’t need to bother with their fluttering eyelashes or fancy hair as the most attractive part of a woman’s body is, in fact, her lips. According to a study, in the first 10 seconds of meeting a woman, men spend 5 seconds looking at her lips.
But there are many more reasons to take care of our lips as they age faster than our face and body. But with good care and a little bit of effort, we can elegantly overcome this obstacle.
How to protect our lips against signs of ageing
As you might know, our lips are unique! There are no two people on Earth with identical lips.
Since their skin is thinner and more fragile we need to take good care of them. Our lips contain less than half the amount of cells compared to the skin on our face and therefore vividly reflect the colour of our blood vessels. That is why sometimes your lips are darker or blueish depending on the current colour of your blood.
Our lips don’t sweat and don’t produce any sebaceous glands responsible for the production of a hydrolipidic film that is protective and keeps the skin hydrated. That is why our lips are very sensitive to wind, cold or sun and they tend to dry faster than other parts of our skin.
The area around our lips is in constant movements and fine lines around the lips tent to appear very quickly. The best way to protect them is to use a lip balm that contains the right natural ingredients to keep them hydrated and moisturized all day long.
What are the right ingredients to make natural DIY lip balm
Lips contain a large amount of collagen that disappears with age and slowly reduces the volume of our lips.
Red Clover oil contains isoflavonoids that help slow down signs of ageing on the skin. Isoflavonoids act as estrogens and have the ability to increase collagen production and add moisture to the lips. They also improve skin thickness, skin elasticity, hydration and reduce shrinks (1).
Another factor that makes your lips shrink with age is exposure to the sun. Lip balm with UV protection might do the trick. Coconut oil contains SPF factor 4-5, antioxidants that protect our skin from sun exposure and pump moisture back to your skin. In addition, coconut oil heals, hydrates and protects our lips.
Lips are very sensitive to touch, cold or heat as there are millions of nerve endings. Beeswax is a natural emulsifier that helps retain moisture in the skin. Produced by bees to build honeycombs, beeswax has antibacterial properties and is effective in the treatment of inflammation, burns and bruises.(2)
Shea butter comes from nuts found on the shea tree called Butyrospermum parkii (or Vitellaria paradoxa). Raw shea butter is rich in vitamin E and A and contains a high amount of saturated acids. Skin moisturizer, shea butter provides anti-ageing properties and helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (3). Its anti-inflammatory properties make it an amazing skin conditioning agent.
Our main goal was to create a lip balm to slow the ageing of our lips. The orange essential oil was, therefore, a clear choice to make our anti-ageing ingredients complete. Orange essential oil is responsible for collagen production and absorption of vitamin C. It is, therefore, an important contributor to the anti-ageing process. However, feel free to replace it with other essential oils if you don’t have orange oil at your hands.
All of the listed ingredients above are moisturizers themselves. This means you can use them on their own to moisturize your lips.
However, having lipstick handy in your purse ready anytime you need it is also great.
How to make your homemade lip balm?
All the ingredients are easily available in shops or online except for red clover oil. This one requires you to go and collect red clover blossoms, let them dry and infuse in a carrier oil. If you want to skip this ingredient it can be easily replaced with almond oil of the same quantity. Alternatively, increase the quantity of coconut oil accordingly. Once you have all ingredients ready just gently warm them in a double boiler. When the beeswax and shea butter are completely melted, remove it from the heat. Add orange essential oil and fill it into containers until the mixture is still warm. I use used lip balm tubes as I keep recycling them. If you don’t have any used containers at home, buy them here.
If you feel inspired to make other DIY lip balms try our rose lip balm with roses and rose essential oil to make your lips smooth and nourished. Or moisturize your lips with easy to make Dandelion lip balm.
What else you can do to keep your lips smooth and healthy
- some ingredients irritate dry and chapped lips like cinnamon, menthol or camphor. Try to avoid using them in your DIY lip balm
- try to avoid licking your lips as much as you can as licking makes the dryness worse
- apply your homemade lip balm before and after applying the lipstick as lipstick tends to dry your lips
- Treat cracks as fast as you can. Don’t wait as it gets worse. That is why having handy lipstick in your purse is a necessity.
- Apply lip balm before you go to sleep to keep your lips moistured during the whole night.
- drink enough water to keep your body hydrated as well as skin.
Can I replace beeswax with another alternative?
Soy wax is also a natural ingredient normally found in candles and can serve as a substitute for beeswax.
Now that you know the benefits and recipe, are you ready to start? Let me know below how it turns out.