My father always had dry lips, yet he was forever reaching for his ‘trusty’ lip-ice.
I have to admit, it annoyed me as a child.
I vividly remember looking up at him, wondering why on earth he so doggedly reapplied that awful stuff, (I learnt to hate lip balms) again and again. To no avail.
He couldn’t have known either. Perhaps, as a child, we just see things for what they are rather than what marketers coaxed us into believing?
It turns out there are lip balm ingredients that keep users hooked!
Trevor Steyn, an organic chemist, explains:
“Most lip balms are made with Petroleum Jelly or other petrochemicals. These ingredients have no nutrient value but they do slow the production of sebum. Your skin is responsive and it will stop producing sebum if it senses that the skin is oily. The lips then get very dry as soon as the petrochemical wears off and the product will “have to” be reapplied.” (Trevor is also the CEO of Esse Organics Skincare)
So Petrochemicals in general should be avoided, which can be listed as:
- Petroleum Wax
- Petroleum Jelly
- Mineral Oil, among others