Hi there lovelies, and welcome back to AZ! You asked for it, and we listened! Today, we're back with another Beauty 101 for you guys and this week it's all about Lip Balm. We've all been guilty of having multiple little, half-empty tins and tubes rolling around at the bottoms of our bags and slathering them over our lips from time to time. But, what makes them unique? Are they necessary? And what else can they be used for? We're here to give you the low down on all the important info, here's your lip Balm 101!

What's the deal?

So, let's start at the very beginning. Lip balms, butters and salves are designed to protect the lips in a few different ways. What makes lip balms unique is that they are formulated solely to provide protection to an area of the skin that is super delicate, aesthetics aren't really the focus here although yes we agree, it's definitely a bonus when they smell divine and come in cute packaging! But, the main goal here is to protect and preserve. The skin on your face can be up to around 16 cell layers thick, meanwhile, the skin on the lips is only 3 to 5 layers thick which means our blood vessels are much more apparent, giving your lips a pink or red colour. This is why your lips can be the first giveaway when you're cold because they start to go blue! So, it really is important to keep these babies in good condition and take care of them.

What makes them so effective?

Lip balms contain moisturising ingredients like shea butter, lanolin or petroleum jelly to prevent water loss. Wax is also added to help the balm adhere to the lips and last longer. Camphor and menthol can also be found in medicated lip balms and act as mild anaesthetics to soothe irritated lips. (These are the ingredients that make your lips tingle!) Like the rest of your skin, your lips really, really need protection from the sun which is why most lip balms now contain an SPF. Other ingredients commonly found in your balms are vitamins C and E, which neutralize free radicals that damage the skin's collagen and elastin which is also super important.

What else can they be used for?

Since these babies are made to hydrate, moisturise and often come in a clear formula, you can make them multi-purpose! Use them to soften dry elbows, knees, and cuticles or to tame your brows. They can even be used to unzip a stuck zipper!

This has been your Lip Balm 101 guys, but what else would you like to hear us talk about? Be sure to get in touch and let us know, until next time! Ciao!

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