Hey everyone! This is a short post, but it’s something I find super important as far as makeup and skincare is concerned. This is specifically about taking care of the skin on your lips. Specifically I’ll talk about my favorite exfoliator, my favorite lip oil, and show the science behind why my favorite petroleum-based balm is actually worth the money rather than just buying some generic petroleum jelly.
Matte lipsticks, especially the liquid variety, will dry the heck out of your lips, even if you start with nice, soft lips. If you start with dry lips, prepare for a flaky mess as the lipstick settles into every line in your lips. If you, like me, love liquid lipsticks, you need to try this routine.
To start with I exfoliate my lips every night. I sometimes do this in the morning if my lips feel particularly rough. My favorite product for exfoliating is the ELF Lip Exfoliator ($3).
Here’s a quick rundown on why exfoliation is important. Exfoliation refers to the use of a rough substance to remove dead skin from the surface and create a smooth layer of skin. If your lips get chapped like mine, exfoliating can help to slough off all of the gross stuff from your lips and make your mouth a little softer.
What I love the most about this product is how easy it is to use; the product is applied just like a regular bullet lipstick. I’ve had other lip exfoliators from places like LUSH that come in a small pot, and I didn’t use them very often, mostly because they were messy to use. Having an exfoliator that applies as a lipstick encourages me to use it on a nightly basis. My other favorite thing about this exfoliator is the price! For $3, you won’t find a better exfoliation option.
The balm surrounding the rough sugar crystals is super moisturizing and you could probably just leave it on and it would moisturize your lips just fine.
But if you want to take your lip softening game to the next level…
The Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment ($8) might be for you. I like to put it on right after I use the ELF exfoliator, usually right before bed. There are several different colors/flavors, but I’m a fan of the Almond Coco version.
If your lips are super dry and cracked and you find that regular lip balm just won’t do, give this a try. What I love is how the product feels more like a thick (but not sticky!) gloss rather than a greasy oil. It really traps the moisture in your lips and adds a little extra to help heal your dry, cracked lips. The other great thing about this product is the price. I know, it may seem like a lot for a lip oil, but when you consider that most of the lip oils on the market right now are from a higher price range, this is actually a pretty great option. However, if you don’t like that super thick feeling on your lips, you may want to try something else.
Try the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm with SPF 25 ($7.50).
This stuff is amazing, and feels more like a traditional lip balm. The moment you put it on you can tell it is undeniably petroleum based. You may think that you’re rubbing just plain Vaseline on your lips, but here’s where science comes in handy! For the purposes of this comparison, I’ll be comparing the Jack Black Intense Therapy with the Vaseline Lip Therapy.
LET’S GET SCIENCY
The Vaseline Lip Therapy ($3) has 3 ingredients: petrolatum, shea butter, and tocopheryl acetate. Petrolatum is just petroleum jelly, like a regular big tub of vaseline. It serves as an occlusive, meaning it prevents moisture loss from the skin, which is great for keeping lips from getting chapped. Shea butter serves the same purpose, to retain moisture. Tocopheryl acetate is essentially a modified version of vitamin E (tocopherol) that has formed an ester. This allows it to penetrate the skin better. Vitamin E is widely used to improve the appearance of skin.
The Jack Black formula is a little bit more complicated. The ingredients are as follows: —-Avobenzone 3%
Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C 18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearol Stearate, Camellia Sinenesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Flavor, Lanolin, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Polyglyceryl 3 Beeswax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate.
In bold I have the ingredients that the two products share; all the ingredients in the Vaseline product are in the Jack Black product. But what are the rest of these? In blue I have all of the occlusive agents highlighted. The UV protection ingredients are in orange. The remaining ingredients are flavoring, in the case of the green tea extract and “flavor,” and filler in the case of the stearate.
What does this boil down to? Essentially the Jack Black balm has a whole lot more occlusives, which in theory should make the lips hold onto moisture even better than when using the Vaseline product. Plus, the Jack Black balm has the added benefit of having SPF, which is very important for the delicate skin on your lips. All of this to say yes, this is definitely worth paying the ridiculous price of $7.50 for a tube of lip balm.
So, those are my favorite lip products to ensure that my lips are always soft and moisturized. Let me know what your favorite products are in the comments below!