Originally published October 22 2008
Get Healthy, Supple Lips With Eco-Lips Lip Balm
by Aria Milan
(NaturalNews) The lips are a very sensual part of the body. When it comes to skin care, many people take this area for granted and don't apply a lip moisturizer until problems, such as chapping, occur. Once this happens, getting the moisture on the lips back into balance is harder than preventing healthy lips from becoming dry in the first place. A good thing to have handy that can be applied throughout the day is a natural lip balm that is free of synthetic chemicals as the lips are one of the most absorbent areas on the body. Many conventional lip balm brands tend to be sold everywhere, making them easy to grab when one is in the checkout lane at the local super market, but are actually not ideal as they are made with harmful chemicals. A brand of all natural lip balms that are surprisingly effective and are economical is Eco Lips.
Why Using a Natural Lip Moisturizer is Essential
Unlike the rest of your skin, the lips do not secrete sebum which is the natural way the body balances moisture on the skin's surface. The only "natural moisture" your lips get is when you lick them. This only provides temporary relief as saliva actually contributes to lip dryness. Over time, if lips are chronically dry, the skin surrounding the lips lose their elasticity and this leads to the appearance of fine lines around the mouth. This is a sign of premature aging and is easily preventable by keeping your lips well moisturized.
To be effective, lip balms contain oil. Most lip balms on the market are made with petroleum based synthetic oils that are suspected carcinogens. Because of the absorbent nature of the lips, careful consideration should be taken when choosing a lip care product. It is best to choose lip balms made with natural, and whenever possible organic, ingredients.
Eco Lips is a small company based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They are dedicated to creating quality lip care products using mostly organic, earth-friendly ingredients. As stated on their website: certain ingredients, such as vitamin E, aren't available in a certified organic form yet. There are many different lip balms available in varying moisturizing strengths, providing a wide range of products that can meet everyone's lip care needs. Following is a description of the different products.
Eco Lips Pure & Simple
A great, all-around moisturizer is their Pure & Simple lip balms. They come in three savory flavors -- Kiwi-Strawberry, Coconut, and Grape. This lip balm goes on very smooth and locks in lip moisture. It's great for everyday use and for general lip protection as you go about your day.
The ingredients are:
* Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
* Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)
* Organic Flavor
* D-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
This lip balm made my lips feel silky and, unlike other conventional products, didn't cake at all. I applied it before I went to sleep and the next morning, my lips felt soft and were still pretty moisturized. I highly recommend these for maintaining healthy lips that aren't chapped. If your lips are slightly dry, this will do the trick but for lips that are flaking, I recommend a different product.
Organic Eco Lips Hemp
When you are in need of even more moisture than what a regular lip balm can provide, the Organic Hemp moisturizer will work just fine. This lip balm is packed with nutrients that deliver a balance of essential fatty acids (EFA) and essential amino acids for a truly healing product. Hemp seed oil is easily absorbed and provides the lips with a near perfect ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids; including gamma linoleic acid (GLA) -- a nutrient that is also found in mother's milk. These nutrients make lips soft and supple and is a good protector. This lip balm comes in vanilla flavor and does not smell like hemp at all which I consider is a good thing. When applied, it has a very soothing sensation to it (it's slightly cooling like camphor) compared to the Pure & Simple balms which feel silky.
Organic Eco Lips Gold
When your lips are chapped or when you've spent a large amount of time outdoors and your lips get sunburnt, the Organic Gold balm provides the ultimate moisture for lips. Its most abundant ingredient is jojoba oil which has a high vitamin E content. Vitamin E is an effective skin healer and is an anti-oxidant. Jojoba oil is one of the most prized moisturizers as its molecular structure is similar to the skin's own natural oils. This lip balm is also enriched with vitamin A.
I found Organic Gold to be a substantial moisturizer and is able to heal chapped lips fairly quickly. Prior to reviewing these products, I had been having problems with painful, dry lips even though I live in a warm, humid climate. Just like the breaking story that Mike Adams' recently posted titled Mobile Phones Causing Skin Disorders reports, I've noticed that my lip condition had worsened by extensive mobile phone use. Regardless of the cause, after using this lip balm for 4 days my lips have returned to normal. I don't like the feel of heavy moisturizing cream on my lips and with Organic Gold, this was not the case at all. This lip moisturizer feels very natural and I suspect it has to do with the jojoba oil -- I highly recommend this product as a natural alternative to medicated lip balms.
All of these lip products are 99 % organic, cruelty free, gluten free, and petroleum free. Eco Lips does sell a vegan lip balm that is bees wax free but I didn't get the chance to review it. The integrity of the company is strong so I imagine it is a decent product. Eco lips also makes private label lip balms; you can find more information about that by clicking here (http://www.ecolips.com/PrivateLabelLipBalm.a...) . I was surprised by the affordability of their lip balms, the price is very reasonable and they last a long time. You can order these by going to (http://www.ecolips.com/Products.aspx) or by calling (866) 326 - 5477 toll free.
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About the authorNatural Beauty Expert and Fashionista, Aria Milan is a passionate researcher in all things that will bring out the natural beauty in people. She practices what she preaches and is always striving to look and feel her best and her goal is to help others do the same. Her philosophy is 'True Beauty comes from Health that radiates from within'.
Aria is currently the editor of an alternative news website called Apollo News Daily, which can be viewed at www.apollonewsdaily.com .
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