The lips are meant to be soft and hydrated all the time. But unfortunately due to some circumstances or conditions such as harsh weather conditions can make the lips look dry and chapped which not only causes discomfort but also impact negatively on your physical appearance. Your lips adds to your appearance, infact, when someone should take a glance at you — your lips is the first sight of attraction. A dry, rough or sore lips is never an option and shouldn’t be given a chance at all. That’s exactly where lip balm comes in.
A lip balm contains hydrating emollients to keep the lips intensively moisturized and hydrated, keeping them soft and supple all day, curtailing possible occurrence of dryness, dehydration and protect the lips from environmental aggressors. Therefore, In this content, you shall be learning how to make a simple DIY lip balm at home from the comfort of your kitchen.
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To make a perfect and super hydrating lip balm and enjoy intense hydration to the optimum level, then you have to ensure you combine both humectants and emollients into your DIY lip making formulation.
Humectants are skincare ingredients that attracted or draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin. They simply pull moisture from your surroundings into your skin to keep it hydrated. Example of humectants: beeswax, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, glycerin.
Emollients on the other hand helps trap or lock in moisture into the skin (which has already been drawn by the humectants) to prevent moisture from escaping. This way, you skin will be deeply hydrated. Example of emollients: Plants oils such as coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil, and butters such as: sheabutter, mango butter, avocado butter and other fatty-rich butters and oils
Therefore, we shall be using both humectant and emollient in this very DIY formulation.
- 3 Tablespoons Beeswax.
- 2 Tablespoons Sheabutter.
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil.
- 2 Tablespoons Argan Oil.
- 2 Tablespoons Vitamin E oil (or 5-6 vitamin E capsules).
- 2 Tablespoons Sweet Almond Oil.
- 15 drops Peppermint Essential Oil.
- Beetroot Juice or Oowder for colour (optional).
- A sauce pan or cooking pot.
- A wooden spoon (to stir).
- A clean and dry steel, glass or plastic container.
Before we dive into the diy lip balm making tutorial, let’s know more about the above mentioned ingredients.
Beeswax is the natural wax substance which is produced by bees. It’s used as a base for some skincare formulations due to its ability to harden or solidify which makes it a good choice for DIY lip balm formulation. Aside its ability to help harden DIY skincare formulation, its also helps heals and softens skin.
As a humectant, Beeswax can create a protective layer on the skin and attracts water. Both of these qualities can help the skin stay hydrated.
Beeswax heals and softens skin. It tackles issues of skin dryness — deeply hydrates and conditions the skin.
Coconut oil deeply keeps the lips hydrated, thanks to its richness in fatty acids which optimally keeps lips hydrated and heals damaged, dry lips.
Sheabutter has been used as a moisturizer for decades, not only does this fatty-rich emollient keeps the lips intensively hydrated but also helps rough, dry and sore lips. It can also be used on the skin and hair scalp to alleviate dryness, delivers nourishment and deeply conditions.
Because of its deep moisturizing qualities, argan oil can hydrate and heal even the most chapped lips, keep lips intensely hydrated, supple and plump.
Vitamin E contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it boosts circulation and may help generate new skin cells, making your lips softer, supple and plump.
Sweet Almond Oil.
When choosing a lip hydrating emollient sweet almond oil can never be left out. Almond oil can work wonders in making your lips supple and also help you get rid of pigmentation on the lips. Almond oil rejuvenates the skin and creates a smooth shine and glossy finish on the lips.
Peppermint Essential Oil.
Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which gives your lips a cool and refreshing sensation. Thanks to its richness in mentol which has shown to increase blood flow to the area where it is applied, due to its cool sensational effect on the skin. Which is healthy for your lips.
Having read about the potentials of the above mentioned ingredients to the lips, you can imagine the hydration effect when combined together to make a DIY lip balm formulation. Without much ado, let’s head straight to the formulation process.
Step 1: Get a sauce pan or a cooking pot.
Step 2: Add your beeswax, sheabutter, coconut oil, argan oil almond oil and vitamin E oil into the sauce pan or cooking pot.
Step 3: Turn on your stove or gas and place your sauce pan or cooking pot (containing the mixtures) on the heat.
Note: ensure the heat is low.
Step 4: Stir gently until all mixtures dissolves completely.
Step 5: Bring down from heat, and place your sauce pan or cooking pot on a heat-safe surface, probably on a wooden table. To lessen the heat Intensity.
Step 6: Then add your peppermint essential oil.
You can as well add other essential oils of your choice. Essential oils will give your lip balm a nice fragrance and flavour, not to mention they are rich in anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-antioxidants properties. You can also add 15 drops lemon essential oil, lavender essential oil or any essential oil that suits your preferred scent or needs.
Step 7: You can add colour if you like, (to make it a tinted lip balm). Beetroot juice will be perfect to give your lip balm a reddish colour. However, this step is totally optional.
Step 8: Pour mixture into either a glass, steel or plastic container. However, if you have a plastic container you have to allow mixture to cool alittle for 1 minutes, before pouring into a plastic container. To avoid melting the container.
Step 9: Leave the formulation open in a cool dry place to harden or solidify. You can as well put the formulation inside your fridge to quicken the hardening process.
Note: When you pour the formulation in your lip balm storage container, leave it open and exposed to air for quick setting or solidification. You can cover your lip balm with its lid once it’s set, and begin usage.
Congratulations, your DIY lip balm is done.
Possible Questions & Answers
Q: Can I substitute sheabutter with vaseline?
A: Sheabutter and vaseline are both emollients however sheabutter is richer in fatty acids, but in an event you don’t have or can’t access sheabutter, then vesaline can be a good alternative. You can as well use avocado butter, or mango butter as alternative or substitute too.
Q: In an event I don’t have beetroot juice or powder what else should I use for colour?
A: You can as well use your lip stick for colouring. Cut out some chunk from your lip stick, break it down and add to your formulation for colouring.
Below is how a coloured DIY lip balm looks like.
Q: Can I substitute argan oil, coconut oil and almond oil with other carrier oils?
A: Yes of course, you can substitute the above carrier oils with any carrier oil of your choice such as olive oil, Jojoba oil, avocado oil, grape seed oil, rosehip oil etc. All are emollients and rich in fatty acids and can also deliver the same lip hydrating potentials.
Q: How do I make lip balms in large quantities?
A: simply Tripple the quantities of the ingredients mentioned above.
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