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How to Get Rid of Chapped Lips With Vegan Lip Balm
by connie gregson, friendly head of r+d at hello products Published: September 9, 2021
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Connie is our Director of R+D, which not only means she created the formulations for our products, but that she has more degrees than a thermometer. One of her degrees is an MS in food biochemistry, and she was a research scientist in Pepsi’s Product Innovation Group before deciding to focus cavity prevention and optimized oral health. When she’s not climbing, hiking, ultra-marathoning, playing guitar or making awesome brownies with chickpea flour, she’s whipping up the most naturally friendly oral care products around. If you let us know you’re coming for a visit, Connie might be able to craft a custom paste for you….or maybe just rock some of her awesome brownies for you.
Photo: SPF lip balm outer packaging front label
We’re very science-y folks here at hello – and one of our most important metrics for success is “smiles delivered”. Unfortunately, dry and cracked lips can turn the beautiful act of smiling into a painful and overly tender experience. And we don’t think it should “hurt to smile”, so let’s keep those lips feeling luscious and lovely! With the proper lip care regimen, you’ll be smiling wide in no time.
What Causes Chapped Lips?
It’s important to “know thy enemy” when it comes to chapped lips. Exposure to sun or dry or cold weather is all it takes to experience cracking or sensitivity. You may also end up with dry lips if you lick them frequently – the classic scenario is you lick your lips because they feel dry, which dries them out further, so you lick them to briefly moisten the skin again, and the cycle continues. Unlike other parts of the skin, lips don’t have oil glands – which makes them more likely to begin feeling dry before other areas of your body. Plus, they’re exposed to the elements most of the time, and get used a lot!
Luckily some of the solutions for dried and chapped lips are similar to the broader solutions for dry skin in general: Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water so that your body stays properly hydrated and consider purchasing a humidifier if you think that dry air in your house may be fueling the situation.
But perhaps the best way to keep your lips feeling great is to lock in lip moisture from the start – and that’s why you’ll want to use lip balm on a regular basis. We’ve designed a flavorful range of vegan lip balms that will help your lips retain their natural moisture while also providing additional moisture. Here’s the deal with vegan lip balms and why you’ll want one in your pocket or purse ASAP.
What is Vegan Lip Balm?
Vegan lip balm is lip balm that’s been made without the use of any animal products. What animal products could possibly be in lip balm, you ask? Well, in some cases, lip balm is beeswax-based – vegan lip balms (like ours) opt for other ingredients in lieu of beeswax.
What Ingredients Should You Look For in Vegan Lip Balm?
Quality vegan lip balms contain ingredients that help to protect your lips by locking in moisture, but also ingredients that act as an external source of moisture. In the case of Hello vegan lip balms, we’ve decided to use candelilla or carnauba wax to act as a protective barrier. To help with moisturizing, olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter are our all-star trio.
How Do You Heal Chapped Lips with Vegan Lip Balm?
Just like with many other oral health habits, consistency is the key to keeping your lips happily moisturized! We recommend applying vegan lip balm on a regular basis throughout the day. It may be a particularly good idea to also put on a fresh coat of balm right before you go to bed. And to help stay consistent with application, find a vegan lip balm with a flavor that you love!
Hello Vegan Lip Balm
Everything we make at Hello is cruelty free and doesn’t include animal products – which means our lip balms are all-vegan and proud of it! Hello lip balms also do include natural flavors or sweeteners, but they’re packed with yummy flavor. Whether you prefer the fruity juiciness of strawberry or the cool sophistication of mint, your lips are going to be feeling super moist. We even offer a CBD balm that’s infused with broad-spectrum hemp extract! So check out our vegan lip balms – they’re the balm dot com!