5 Ingredients Your Lips Need Right Now!|
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are just some things that everyone wants.
And one of them is soft, supple, kissable lips!
While the weather may be warming up, your lips may still be recovering from the cold, dry, winter months, but not to worry: there are some ingredients out there that’ll take your lips out of that chapped, cracked funk, and deliver skin that’s nourished, plumped and smooth.
Here are 5 natural ingredients that your lips will love, and spoiler alert: they can all be found in our Hydrating Lipstick!
1. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of those ingredients you’ll almost always see in a lip balm formula, and for good reason!
Vitamin E is an antioxidant with a valuable reputation in lip care, thanks to all of the skin-renewing benefits it can deliver on. For starters, it’s highly moisturizing, which means it can keep your skin extra supple, and it’s ideal for cracked, irritated lips.
Additionally, there is evidence suggesting that vitamin E can help boost circulation and encourage skin renewal, which is essential for lips that have suffered some environmental damage. And thanks to vitamin E’s anti-inflammatory properties, it can have a near-instant soothing effect.
2. Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil is pressed from the pits of apricots, and is widely considered to be one of the best oils for your skin.
This is because the consistency of apricot kernel oil closely resembles sebum: a substance our skin excretes to keep it hydrated and lubricated. And this is especially useful for our lips, because they don’t contain any sebaceous glands, so apricot kernel oil can give your lips some much-needed moisture they otherwise couldn’t produce themselves.
Apricot oil is also high in antioxidants your skin thrives on, like vitamins A, C, and E, in addition to linolenic and oleic acid to keep your lips extra soft.
3. Sunflower Extract
Sunflowers are another great source of vitamin E, which helps protect your lips from free radical damage, and they’re rich in a unique antioxidant known as sesamol, which has the ability to minimize sun damage.
Sunflower extract also contains what are known as phytosterols, which help keep the lips plump and glowing, while improving skin barrier function.
4. Rice Bran
Rice bran is one of those ingredients that you’ll find in tons of our products, thanks to their versatility in products and their gentleness on skin.
Rice bran is known to help nourish skin cells with nutrients like vitamins and antioxidants, which are integral to keeping the skin looking young and healthy. On top of that, rice bran helps deliver moisture to the skin while helping to improve the skin’s elasticity while evening out the complexion. Plus, it may even help reduce signs of aging!
5. Castor Seed Oil
Castor oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, and makes a fantastic source of omega fatty acids to help hydrate the skin.
Castor oil is more than a great moisturizer, though! Omega fatty acids like ricinoleic acid help retain adequate moisture levels, while encouraging tissue repair and skin cell turnover.
This nourishing oil also acts as a humectant, meaning that it’s going to encourage moisture retention even in dry weather conditions, and creates a thick, protective shield around your lips.
What’s your favorite ingredient for keeping your lips healthy and soft? Leave it down in the comments!