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As we head into the cooler months across Australia, you might experience dryer skin across your face and body, and one of the first areas where dry skin becomes particularly prominent is the lips.
So many lip balms fall short of a soothing formula free of irritants (you might notice peppermint, capsaicin or menthol), all of which will only make your lips more likely to chap over time.
The (very extensive) Hurraw range of completely vegan lip balms (priced at around $5.00 AUD depending on where you purchase), offers a base of sweet almond oil, candelilla wax, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, cocoa butter, castor and olive oil and vitamin E along with a small amount of natural and organic flavours.
This waxy base is essential to act as an occlusive form of moisturiser, reducing TEWL (trans-epidermal water loss), which is particularly essential as, noted in a 2016 article in The International Journal of Cosmetic Science, “The structure of skin on the lips is different from skin at other areas of the body; the water content of the stratum corneum (SC) and the barrier function there is low. Therefore, the lips can easily become dry and rough.”
It is not just the fleshier parts of our lips that can experience this dryness – noted in the 2008 International Journal of Cosmetic Science article on the stratum corneum, “the vermillion borders of the lips that are covered by an exposed part of the oral mucosa exhibit remarkably poor barrier function and low hydration state.”
Boosted with the emollient oils, this balm by Hurraw provides a light yet protective layer for lips. While the formula is simple and does not include perhaps more sophisticated skin-loving ingredients like niacinamide, it still makes for a simple and effective balm for most lip types.
Those living in much colder climates should look to thicker balms, while Hurraw is ideal for everyday maintenance, with no irritating or drying ingredients and a slim, pocket or wallet-friendly design.
Do you use lip balm regularly? Do you feel it improves the look and feel of your lips over time? Let us know in the comments!