I am a self confessed lip balm, lipstick, lip gloss, lip treatment addict! I can’t really explain why, but it’s maybe that there is no need for fancy techniques, fancy equipment, hours of you tube videos to try and create the right look. I just need lipstick, a flick of mascara, maybe a wave with a bronzer if I am feeling energetic and thats about it. I can be ready for anything in a flash! I also hate to have dry chapped lips and as I have a tendency towards dry skin it’s important for me to keep my lips hydrated and soft. Your lips are an area where the first signs of ageing can appear. Dry and chapped lips are so uncomfortable so I do use lots of lip products.
I now look for lip products that are as natural as possible. Paraban free is always at the top of my list particularly for lip balm. I use lip balm all day every day so I choose the most natural but it also must be effective.Paraban free is always at the top of my list particularly for lip balm Click To Tweet
First, Lets Talk Parabens
What Are They??
The Oxford English Dictionary defines Paraben as
‘Any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry’
There is no direct evidence that shows the Parabens are toxic although they can cause allergic reactions to skin, such as contact dermatitis (my issue!) and rosacea. The FDA in the USA studies linking parabens to breast cancer are a work in progress. There is concern that parabens have an estrogen mimicking properties and again there is research currently underway on the effects of this. At present these studies are inconclusive but I think I will try to avoid them if possible plus they do give me contact dermatitis on my hands.
You can recognise a paraben ingredient in products from these terms. Often you will just see the E number or the first part of the word without the paraben bit. All products that contain parabens must have it listed.
- methylparaben (E number E218)
- ethylparaben (E214), propylparaben (E216)
- heptylparaben (E209)
Products that may contain parabens include:
- Make Up
- All types of Moisturisers – including lip balms
- Hair Care Products
- Shaving Products
- Parabens can be used as a food additive
BANNED IN THE EU AS OF 31st OCTOBER 2014
The EU banned the use of the following based on a report by The Independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
Natural Lip Balms
Autumn is upon us and it’s time to protect our skin against mother natures autumnal breezes and temperatures. One of my biggest skincare issues for this time of year is lip protection. I get dry chapped lips soooo easily and trying to keep them hydrated and soft is one of my biggest challenges. I also want to do this in as natural way as possible. I apply lip balm constantly and if it’s on your lips it basically gets eaten! I have been on a quest to find paraben free lip balms. Ha! Not as easy as one might think but they are out there so I have complied a little list for you.
- Tropic Skincare – Available online only. click HERE
- Burts Bees
- EOS Evolution of Smooth
- Yes, To carrots
- Dr Hauschka
- First Aid Beauty
- I am natural
- Trish McEvoy
My personal favourite from the ones I have tried so far is Lanolips. I find it very long lasting and very hydrating, has no particular taste. Although if you intend to put on lipstick either over it or later on then apply it sparingly.My personal favourite from the ones I have tried so far is Lanolips. Click To Tweet
I love the concept of the EOS little dome balls but I find application difficult. It’s not easy to apply it precisely on your lips because of its shape. You have to rub it on your lips a lot to feel any benefit. The selection of colours and flavours is really cute but I am not convinced about their effectiveness.
I like the Avene lip balm stick. This one has SPF protection, is soft and moisturising but it doesn’t last very long.
The rescue balm is an excellent choice. It is very hydrating and long lasting. It’s texture is very smooth and although there is a slight taste to it, its not overpowering. The pot is quite small so a lip brush may come in handy for this one.
The Cath Kitson lip balm is not available now but they do have alternatives but I cannot find out if these are paraben free or not at the moment. The one I have is a natural one. It’s really effective but
I know a lot of people do not like to use lip products that you need to apply with your finger. Many of the natural lip balms I have seen do come in a tube or a pot so a small retractable lip brush is going to serve you well.
Try out a paraben free and natural lip balm for yourself and see how they can work for you. In my little Amazon Shop this week there is a selection of paraben free products and if you click through to the main sites you can find lots more there! If you know any that we can add to the list why not share it.