What Causes Dry Lips?
Chapped or dry lips are generally symptoms of dehydration, sunburn, cold or dry weather, and excessive licking but it can also be caused by an allergy to something you’re eating. Acidic foods like oranges and grapefruits as purported culprits. Another condition, called angular cheilitis that happens when people breathe with their mouth at night, usually when their nose is stuffy, like during allergy or flu seasons. Generally, this is when small bits of saliva collect in this area and degrade and since saliva is a digestive enzyme it can dissolve the tissue creating dryness and inflammation.
Ingredients To 'Look For' In Your Lip Balm
- Natural flavours
- Natural oils - Coconut oil, Safflower oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Hemp oil, Jojoba oil, and Vitamin E oil
- Natural butters - Shea Butter, Cocoa butter, Avocado butter, Hemp butter, and Mango Butter
- Natural waxes- Beeswax, Candelilla wax, Jojoba wax, and Carnauba wax
These ingredients have a naturally occurring high oil content over water content and will draw more water into the lips and reduce water loss. End result, more moisture, and hydration.
Ingredients To 'Avoid' In Your Lip Balm
- Petrolatum (Petroleum Jelly)
- Paraffin or Synthetic Mineral oils
- Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)
- Phenol and Alcohol
- Artificial Fragrance And Flavours
- Chemical Sunscreen
These ingredients are ones that will further strip moisture from your lips and may contain damaging properties that increase dryness, redness, and inflammation.
Sven's Island remedy for 'Dry Lips'
The skin on the lips is thin and delicate because it does not contain oil glands like the rest of the skin, this makes it particularly prone to drying out. When selecting lip-care products to treat dry lips, we recommend you choose nourishing balms like our Medi-Salve, hydrating lip balm with natural oils and clinical ingredients proven to add moisture and rehydrate.
Medi-Salve- Hydrating Lip Balm
Our 100% natural lip balm is made with edible ingredients and contains the strong antibacterial and antiviral goodness of organic Manuka leaf oil that is scientifically proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria and reduce the severity of cold sores. This highly moisturising and therapeutic lip care treatment contains powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients that can be used to help soothe and relieve dry, cracked, and inflamed skin, symptoms often associated with dry lips.
Use as directed and if symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner.