Winter can be a fun time to get out in the brisk, cool air and explore, but it brings some less-than-ideal side effects with it too. If your dry winter air of your outdoor adventures or winter RV trip have left your lips chapped, don't despair! Skip the addictive, non-effective store-bought chapstick and make your own lip balm!
When choosing an oil for your DIY lip balm, you’ll want to go with something that’s hydrating and nourishing. Also try to opt for something organic, if that's important to you. Some great oils for lip balms include:
Shea butter—moisturizes and soothes dry lips
Coconut oil—super moisturizing and absorbs well
Sweet almond oil—promotes rejuvenation of dead cells and protects against chapping
Avocado oil—not only moisturizes, but gives lips a pink, plump look
Non-virgin olive oil—also contains a good amount of vitamin E
Organic raw honey is a great addition to your DIY lip balm because of its moisture-retentive properties. The reason that you develop dry, cracked lips in the winter is because a considerable amount of moisture is lost from the skin on your lips, leading to dryness and discomfort. It also features antibacterial properties which help protect your lips against harmful bacteria!
Vitamin E is found in many lip treatment products to help prevent skin damage. It contains important antioxidants that help to halt the effects of oxidation of free radicals, which are unstable molecules that speed up the deterioration of cells and leads to chapped and aged lips. Use the oil from vitamin E capsules or use a vitamin E oil with tocopherols, which are good for the skin and lips.
The Science Behind Lip Balms
Good lip balms need humectants, emollients, and occlusive agents. Humectants draw in moisture that surrounds them. Emollients help to moisturize and fill in cracks in the skin, while occlusive agents form a protective barrier to help prevent moisture loss. In this recipe, honey is a great humectant, the oils are emollients, and the beeswax acts as an occlusive agent.
Make Your Own Lip Balm
What You’ll Need:
- 1 part grated beeswax or beeswax pellets
- 1 part oil of choice
- 1-2 drops organic raw honey (per tablespoon of beeswax and oil)
- Vitamin E capsules (2 per tablespoon of beeswax and oil) or 5 drops Vitamin E 1000 IU oil
- Flavoring or essential oils of choice
In a double broiler (a bowl or second pan over a sauce pan of boiling water) on the stove, melt the beeswax, then stir in your oil, honey, and essential oils or flavoring to your liking. Make sure it is all melted and blended together, then add the vitamin E and stir until combined. Carefully pour your lip balm into an empty container or chapstick tube and allow it to cool completely. Use when needed.
Are you excited to make your own lip balm? Dry winter air means chapped lips, so whip up a larger batch and you’ll be set for the whole winter season or anytime your lips need some rejuvenation! Feel free to experiment with different oils and flavors, as the possibilities are practically endless. Be sure to pack some of your DIY lip balm in your RV’s medicine cabinet. Don’t have an RV? Come browse our selection at the best RV dealership in Michigan, National RV Detroit! Leave us a comment and let us know how your DIY lip balm turned out!