If you’ve been reading my blogs for a minute, you’ll know that I love to know not only how something works, but where did it originate from, who invented it, and so on.
Today’s blog is going to be all about lip balms. Why we need them, what they do, and of course, a little bit of history about this tiny little power product.
Lip balms have been around for hundreds of years. We can date the use of lip balms all the way back to 40 B.C. when Cleopatra was using beeswax, olive oil and other natural fats as cosmetic ingredients. Ancient Egyptians were known for pioneering the cosmetics industry, so it came as no surprise to me that they would have been using things to protect their lips as well.
Some time around 1865, a man named Robert Chesebrough invented, patented and distributed a new type of petroleum jelly, better known to us as Vaseline. Fun fact: Vaseline used to be called “Wonder Jelly,” but this name didn’t bode so well with the market. The product didn’t really start to kick off until he changed the name to Vaseline.
Now on to the lip balm part. The man credited with creating the first official lip balm is Charles Brown Fleet, and he created a little product we all know today by the name of “Chapstick.” The first ones were in little round tin cases, and it didn’t really sell as well as what we have today. Sometimes it takes a minute for new products (especially the most brilliant and future-forward ones) to catch on with the public.
Fleet was a physician and pharmalogical thinker (I literally have no idea what that means, and I’ve googled the term repeatedly ) from Lynchburg, Virginia. After pretty much no success with his invention, he sold the rights to the product for five dollars to John Morton in 1912.
Morton is the person credited for creating the Chapstick we know today. Rather, the credit should go to his wife; she melted the mixture in their kitchen, cooled it and cut it into sticks. The Morton Manufacturing Corporation was created after the sales went through the roof.
Eventually, many other companies jumped on the lip balm train and you can find them everywhere now, in any flavor, and in any shape.
Regardless of which one you choose, everyone (even Men) should be using a lip balm. You might be asking, “why? I use lipstick. Isn’t that enough?” The short answer is no, although there are now some lip balms and lipsticks who are more or less hybrids. Everyone needs a lip balm and once you start using one daily, you will see a huge difference in your lips.
In short, lip balm and lipstick are two completely different products with different functions. Think of it like foundation and primer or BB cream. You can definitely use a primer instead of foundation (depending on the brand and formula composition), but a primer is never going to do what a foundation does. It can only carry out a portion of the functionalities of a foundation. Same with a BB cream. It’s a closer substation for foundation (I often use BB cream instead of foundation because it’s lighter and I’m oily), but it’s still not actual foundation.
There are many lipsticks on the market which have super hydrating qualities, that are primers and lip color in one and so on. However, they’re still not an actual lip balm, which is why you need both.
The two products may share common ingredients depending on the brand and formula, but lip balms and lipsticks have very different purposes.
What is a lip balm? The main purpose of lip balms is to provide protection (and sometimes relief) to your lips.
Here are a few benefits to using a lip balm every day:
- Your lips feel more nourished and healthy. Natural lip balms contain ingredients which promote fast healing of the skin. Dermatologists have determined that our skin heals faster when it is moisturized. You’ll score extra points if you have a lip balm made from beeswax, because this ingredient can help repair damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays.
- Lip Balms help make you appear more youthful. Believe it or not, when your lips are dry, cracked and peeling, it also makes you appear older. Soft, supple lips help you look younger (and feel better also).
- Your lip products go on better, last longer, and look much more even and smooth. If you’re using a lip balm every day before you apply your lip products, the balm fills in cracks and smooths lines. Think of it as an insta-blur filter product, much like the ones we use on our face. Those products are made with agents that fill in pores and fine lines and wrinkles which results in your makeup going on more even. The same can be said about using a lip balm before you apply your lipstick; especially if you’re using mattes and or red tones.
Not only do lip balms contain hydrating ingredients and elements which help to prevent water , they also give your lips a fuller, more plump appearance. Active ingredients used in lip balms can include SPFs, shea butter, lanolin, petroleum jelly, coconut oil and beeswax as well. Medicated formulas usually include active ingredients such as menthol and camphor. These ingredients help to help calm and soothe irritated lips (and these are also why your lips might have a slight tingling and chilly sensation when you use medicated lip balms).
Also, did you know lip balm can be used for things other than healing chapped lips? This little multi-tasking product really can and does work for you in so many ways. Here are some tips on getting the most out of your lip balm:
- Use it to massage your cuticles, especially when they’re extra dry. Since lip balms can be a little sticky, I would do this before bed, or right before you put on gloves if you work outside. The healing and moisturizing elements in the lip balm will help make your cuticles super soft and pliable. This can be especially useful if you work in an environment where you’re exposed to skin drying chemicals (like a nail salon or assembly line setting). Cuticle oil is amazing, but there is nothing like putting some lip balm on your cuticles right before bedtime and letting the compound work its magic while you sleep.
- Speaking of fingers, you can also use lip balm on your fingertips and toes. Speaking of, I would keep the tube you use on your hands and toes separate from the one you use on your lips. Why? Because you could be transferring bacteria to and from your lips and cross contaminate your tube if you use the same one. Lip balm is generally inexpensive, so grab some basic formulas on sale and keep one for your lips and the other for your fingertips. You can also rub some on your knuckles if they tend to crack and bleed during the fall and winter months (as mine tend to do), or in-between your fingers as well.
- You can use balm instead of eyebrow gel in a pinch. I would use the beeswax formulas for this; I mean, after all, most eyebrow products have a wax product in them and this is basically the same thing. Plus, it will hydrate and moisturize your eyebrow area, including the hair follicles. Don’t over do it, though; you don’t want to clog up your pores.
- If you’re suffering from allergies or a cold, dab some lip balm to your nose after using a tissue. This will help cut down on redness, blistering and dry skin. There’s nothing worse than having a scaly, red nose after you’ve been dealing with a cold.
Not sure which lip balm to grab? Here are a few of my favorite lip balms, all available at Just4Girls.pk:
- Makeup Revolution Relove Glam Balm in Pretty Peach: Most every company has their own lip balm product line these days. Revolution Beauty has some of the most amazing products on the market, and this one does not disappoint. Not only do they moisturize and nourish your lips, they are infused with a fun, playful fruit scent. Peach is one of my favorites; but the formula is also available in Fresh Burst Watermelon as well. This is in a tube, so you can apply with your finger or with a brush. Be sure to let the product settle for five to seven minutes before applying lipstick on top of it.
- NS Organics Lip Balm in Beet Root: This is an organic lip balm in a handy little jar which helps to protect, nourish and hydrate your lips. They are also color tinted, so if you just want a tiny hint of color rather than a full lip, this will give you some subtle, beautiful tones. These balms contain Beeswax, Coconut Oil and Avocado Oil, as well as Vitamin E. Given that these are tinted, I would not recommend doing the eyebrow hack with these, but you could use them to moisturize your cuticles at night time if you want to pull double duty with your products. Also available in the shades Elegant Nude, Vibrant Pink, and Classic Red. Sidenote: any red tinted lip balm is not going to give you a full, true red lip. It’s only going to be a hint of one. This is a great way to try and see if red is a good color for you, or if you’re wanting to go red, but not a full red lip.
- VLCC Lip Shield Balm in Honey (with SPF10): I love that this has an SPF and also contains honey. Honey is one of the best ingredients you can use on your skin because it has nutrients, softens skin and also acts as an anti-bacterial. This formula provides a moisture shield as well, so it would be good to apply before you apply your lipstick. I would apply in a very thin layer and let settle before you put on your lip color. Also available in Mango (one of my favorite lip balm flavor choices). These formulas also contain Jojoba Oil and Almond Oil, which as you will know if you’ve been following my blogs, are some super hydrating oils which lock in moisture and help protect skin.
- Revlon Kiss Lip Balm in Juicy Peach: Revlon has become one of the industry leaders in lip balms. This formula contains an SPF 20 (which is FANTASTIC, by the way), and is infused with natural fruit oils and fragrances. It does have a subtle tint of sheer color with shine, so if you’re wanting a good subtle lip color to pair with your 90’s inspired over-lining, this is the one to choose. Also available from Just4Girls.pk in the tone and flavor Berry Burst, Tropical Coconut, Sweet Cherry, and Fresh Strawberry. I’ve tried them all, and they are amazing!
- EOS Shimmer Lip Balm Sphere in Sheer Pink: EOS has the cutest and most convenient packaging. The little sphere fits perfectly into my purse and the balm glides on effortlessly. This formula contains Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Vitamin E. It also adds a subtle hint of shimmer and shine.
- Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Vanilla Bean: If you’re looking for a lip balm for multi-use, then pick up two or three tubes of this one. It will moisturize lips, but you can also use this for your cuticles and eyebrow area as well.
- Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Anti-Oxidant Berry: Maybelline Baby Lips is another amazing lip balm that comes in a wide variety of colors and scents. This not only keeps your lips hydrated but can add another dimension to your lip color. Also available in the shades Rose Addict, Berry Crush, and Pink Lolita.
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