I love summer as much as the next person and although it pains me to say it, summer is ending and fall is right around the corner. Soon temperatures will start to drop and the humidity we complained about all summer long (especially if you’re on the east coast) will soon disappear. The lack of humidity and colder temperatures often means dryer skin and cracked lips. Unlike other parts of our skin and body, our lips don’t contain oil glands, which makes them more susceptible to drying out and cracking. Don’t worry! There are steps you can take to help keep your lips looking and feeling healthy.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
- Use a humidifier in the home as needed.
- Try to avoid cold weather and winds by wrapping a scarf around your mouth.
- Avoid licking your lips: While it may seem helpful at the time, licking your lips actually causes them to dry out. What happens is the saliva on your lips evaporates, causing them to become drier then they were to begin with.
- Avoid picking and biting at your lips as much as possible.
- Use a lip balm to help lock in the moisture – see how to make your own below.
How to Make Your Own Lip Balm
This recipe makes roughly 3 oz of lip balm, so make sure you have enough containers to hold it all (the average stick of lip balm is .15 oz). Reduce the amount it makes by cutting the recipe in half.
3 Tablespoons beeswax
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 Tablespoon shea butter
1 Tablespoon cocoa butter
20 drops food grade peppermint oil
10 drops food grade lavender oil
Large Saucepan with water
Lip Balm Containers
The first step requires you to prepare for later on in the recipe. It’s best if you lay out all the containers on the countertop first. Take off the lids/caps and if you’re using lip balm stick containers, twist them down to the bottom. Measure the wax, the butters and the coconut oil out and add them into a glass jar (measuring cup) until you have the right amount. Fill a large saucepan or double boiler with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the glass jar to the center of the saucepan or pour the oil/butter mixture into the top pot of the double boilers. Every few minutes, stir the ingredients. Continue for about 10-15 minutes or until the ingredients are melted and combined.
Once all the wax is melted, remove it from the heat. Allow the mixture to sit and cool (about 3-5 minutes). After the mixture is cooled but not hardened, add the drops of the essential oils. Stir the mixture again to evenly disperse the oils throughout. Pour the mixture into your desired lip balm containers. Allow the mixtures to cool. Enjoy!
If you desire a harder consistency for your lip balm you can add more beeswax (roughly 1 Tablespoon to the mixture). If you wish for your lip balm to be softer you can add an additional Tablespoon of coconut oil. You can also add a little Vitamin E oil once the mixture is cooled for preservation and antioxidant support.