The skin of our lips has three to five cellular layers which is thin compared to the face which has up to fifteen layers. In those with light skin, the lips contain fewer melanocytes which are the cells that produce melanin.
This means that the blood vessels show through, giving lips their red coloring. In those with darker skin, the lips contain more melanin.
The lips do not have sweat or sebaceous glands and so they lack the protection of sweat and body oils. Lips therefore dry out faster and become chapped easily. Buy organic moisturizer for lips to get soft lips.
So whether you are man or woman, whether you are an outdoor junkie and love the sea, or you are a hiker, camper, sport enthusiast or gardener or sit under the drying office or home air conditioner, or you just want your lips to look great, you need to be on the lookout for poisonous chemicals in your lip moisturizing product.
These ingredients readily get onto the soft mucous membranes of the mouth from where they are easily ingested. They are also easily just plain swallowed.
When you look at your lip balm, would you bite a bit off and chew and swallow it. No? Yet that is what we all do all the time, just a little less obviously. Therefore, it is important to find a natural lip balm and avoid the chemicals.
Some lip balm and moisturizers that contain a sun block, can contain para-aminobenzoic acid which can absorb ultraviolet light and is therefore often used in sunscreen products. It can poison you. Symptoms include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, intestinal blockage and eye irritation if it touches the eye.
As well as actual sunburn, some people can get an allergic reaction on their lips. This is the sun reacting with a synthetic lip product, some other synthetic product or even some drugs. The lips can be painful with swelling, blistering and discolouring.
Parabens for preservatives are in many lip balms to give the product a long shelf or pocket life. They can be carcinogenic. Lip balm can also include tocopheryl acetate (skin sensitizer; burning, hives, itching, scaling), petrolatum (petro-chemical derived petroleum jelly), and hydrogenated lecithin (penetration enhancer, alters skin structure allowing other chemicals to reach the bloodstream), which may be carcinogenic. The latter is also a penetration enhancer which allows other chemicals to penetrate further.