This affordable DIY lip balm recipe guide will keep your lips soft year-round. Keep reading for tips on lip care, and keep your puckers kissable and protected.
Lips and eyes are the two features of the face that we love to focus on when it comes to makeup and skin care. However, when seasons change or dry weather hits, our lips can become less than luscious. Care and attention are required to keep your lips kissable, smooth, and moisturized.
Creating a homemade lip balm with natural ingredients is one way to add moisture to your puckers. Not only will you feel more comfortable, but you can apply your favorite lipstick color and feel confident for any occasion.
Smacking some chapstick on your lips is not enough for general lip care. Here are some tips from dermatologists for taking care of your lips during dry seasons.
Feed your lips with nourishing, natural ingredients that will lock in moisture. Depending on which elements you can get a hold of for cheap, create your unique recipe for perfectly smooth lips.
Here are our basic ingredient guidelines:
The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends the following oils to heal irritated, dry, and cracked lips:
Decant 1/4 cup of your chosen fatty oil and 1/4 cup of your desired butter into a heatproof glass bowl and melt them together in the microwave or over a double boiler.
All-natural waxes are essential ingredients for many beauty products. For your lips, look to any of the following options:
Add 1/4 cup wax to the oil and butter mixture and stir continuously. It's best to use a stainless steel spoon for mixing. Once you remove the spoon, you want the blend to harden on the scoop. Test it on your lips. If you'd like the lip balm to be harder, add some more wax. Add more oil if you'd like it to be softer and smoother.
Essential oils have various healing properties; some even have the bonus of elevating your mood. If you'd like a particular scent or function for your DIY lip balm, you can add a few drops of essential oils.
The best time to add your chosen essential oil is once your balm is cooled but still soft.
Zinc Oxide is a natural sunscreen active ingredient and can be added to your lip balm if you want protection for your lips. The FDA approves this ingredient as "safe and effective." Adding a portion of zinc oxide to your balm once it's cooled but malleable can save your lips from UVA and UVB rays.
Zinc oxide powder can make up 20% of the mixture for the best sun-protecting results. You can divide your lip balm quantity and then add the appropriate amount of zinc oxide so that some lip balm containers contain sun protection ingredients, while others can remain plain for evening or winter wear.
Once you're happy with your completed homemade lip balm, decant it into lip balm tins or tubes. You can place them into the freezer or allow the lip balm to cool and set overnight.
This recipe yields about 3/4 of a cup of lip balm. Once you've decanted the mixture into your various lip balm containers, you can gift them to friends or have a tub in each bag, so you're never left with dry lips again.
Now that your lips look gorgeous with your new lip balm recipe, smile your widest and most beautiful smile!
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