Is your lip balm good for you?

by Erika Geraerts

PSA: Not all lip balms are created equal. In the world of lip care, there are of course products which are beneficial for your lips, while unfortunately there are others that might actually be doing more harm than good. How do you know? What do you look out for? Let's talk about it. 
The Good: Nourishing Ingredients that Hydrate and Protect
A good lip balm should be enriched with nourishing ingredients that work to hydrate and protect your lips. Look for lip balms that contain natural emollients like shea butter, cocoa butter, and plant oils such as coconut, jojoba, or almond oil. These ingredients are rich in vitamins and fatty acids that help lock in moisture.
The Bad: Harmful Chemicals and Synthetic Additives
On the other (dark) side, some lip balms can contain harmful chemicals and synthetic additives that can actually worsen the condition of your lips. Ingredients like parabens, artificial fragrances, and petroleum-based compounds are commonly found in low-quality lip balms. These chemicals (while they initially feel good and super thick and hydrating) can be harsh on your lips and may lead to further dryness and irritation, defeating the purpose of using a lip balm in the first place.
The Good: SPF Protection 
A good lip balm not only provides hydration but also offers protection against the sun's harmful UV rays. Look for lip balms that contain SPF (natural ingredients or added) to protect your lips from sunburn. 
The Bad: Allergic Reactions and Sensitivity
Low-quality lip balms with artificial fragrances, dyes, or preservatives can lead to allergic reactions or sensitivity in some individuals. It's always important to read the ingredient list carefully and avoid lip balms with potential allergens if you have a history of skin sensitivities.
The Good: Long-lasting Hydration
A good lip balm should provide long-lasting hydration without the need for frequent reapplication. Lip balms containing natural waxes like beeswax or carnauba wax create a protective barrier on your lips, locking in moisture and preventing moisture loss, while still allowing your lips to breathe. 
The Bad: Addiction to Lip Balm
Some lip balms can lead to dependency, making your lips feel even drier when not using the product. This occurs when the lip balm contains ingredients that temporarily soothe but do not truly hydrate the lips. Be cautious of lip balms with ingredients like menthol or camphor, which may create a cycle of constant reapplication without providing real benefits. (Good for the brand's wallet, but ultimately, not for you.)
It sounds simple but investing in a quality lip product means investing in the overall health of your lips. 
Fluff’s Lip Oil compact has been designed with a divot to allow refills, and promote less waste. Its innovative balm/oil hybrid is a vegan formula that allows the lips to breathe naturally with key ingredients including: Sweet Almond Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Argan Kernal Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and Aloe Vera Leaf Extract.
As a multi-use product, it can also be applied as a gloss to the bare eyes or over eyeshadow, and as a highlighter to the cheeks, as desired, cupids bow, or as a subtle brow pomade (clear).
Available in 4 shades: 
#1 Original Clear: A glassy shine. 
#2 Original Tint: A subtle, terracotta finish. 
#3 Poppy Red: A bright & juicy payoff
#4 Elly Cat Brown: A deep, warm hue. 

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