Pablo’s Blog: Travel Lips – What Makes a Great CBD Lip Balm?
Last week I was in the USA enjoying the delights of Los Angeles. It has become my home from home. And it is also in California – which is where I started my CBD experience. Indeed part of my trip involved researching the CBD market, looking at trends and new ideas. But during my travels, it got me thinking about CBD lip balm. What are they? Why do we need them and what makes for a great CBD balm?
What makes a great CBD lip balm ?
I got to wondering, what makes a great CBD lip balm on my flight home. Indeed, there was a battle between a lovely glass of Bordeaux and a great CBD balm to see what would lubricate my lips first.
We all love a pretty package, and I have lost count of the number of lip balms I have used and abused over the years. And in recent times I have been testing some of the best cbd lip balms. So apart from the pretty packages, what have I found out ? Here are a few guidelines on lip balms and salves, and what to look for. Then finally why you should choose a cbd salve product.
Why do we need lip balm or salve ?
Our lips are pretty active during our daily routine, they come into contact with moisture, food, drinks , rain the sun, the wind and maybe if you are lucky another set of lips. All of this mighty action, particularly in the dry winter months leads to a drying out of the surface of the skin and often to sore or chapped lips. Our lips are not sebaceous glans so lack the ability to self lubricate, hence the reason why lip balms have become so popular.
What ingredients go into lip balm ?
The ingredients of the various lip balms on the market vary enormously. Through reading many comments from expert dermatologists a few ingredients it seems should be avoided. These include strong fragrances, salicylic acid and menthol, which can be a cause of irritation or even allergy.
A good lip balm prevents the evaporation of moisture from the lips. It is also a great emollient, softening the skin and allowing for greater ease of movement for the most flexible mobile part of the face.
How the various balms on the market create this performance is very much down to the blend of oils and waxes chosen by the manufacturer. Some ingredients naturally hydrate better than others. And the key here is the how the different ingredients that are chosen work together and combine to provide the most comprehensive performance.
Some of the main ingredients you will see on your lip salve are the following
Lanolin is a substance found naturally and it comes from sheep. You’ll find lanolin in sheep coats to be precise. It is the protectant they have to keep their fleece dry and protected. When the sheep is shorn of their woollen coat, the lanolin can be removed from the fleece. The animal is not harmed during this process, but for some it is still an animal derived product so may not suit their needs. However, lanolin is a natural product and closely resembles the molecular structure of the skin on your lips. This makes it a perfect companion and ingredient for a lip balm. It also allows your skin to breathe as it is semi-occlusive. However, it does require extensive purification before it can be used. This can lead to the use of chemicals that could create harm to the human skin.
Many older readers will know of petroleum jelly . It is comprised of mineral oils and paraffin wax and has been used for well over a century. The low cost of the product and the ease of use made it a popular product as an instant barrier protection for the lips. The limitations of the product are that is provides little impact on the recovery of damaged skin. There is a frequent need too reapply which often causes the lips to dry out and make the condition worse. The immediate relief of moisture is quickly offset by a drying out of the skin. Whilst it is widely regarded as a safe product, there are some that believe applying a Petrolatum to the skin is adding a toxicity that should be avoided.
Petroleum jelly, commonly known by the most popular brand name Vaseline, was originally found coating the bottom of oil rigs in the mid-1800s. It’s composed mainly of mineral oils and paraffin wax, a chemical preservative.
Beeswax is created by, well it will not surprise you to know, by bees! They use the wax to construct their honeycombs, which they use to store honey and breed in. The wax itself is naturally occurring and acts as a protective barrier to maintain moisture. It also acts to rehydrate the skin and reduce dryness. By locking moisture in, it helps to maintain the softness of the delicate skin on the lips. This is another animal-derived product. So, this may not suit everyone, especially if you are vegan. And of course, anyone would want to understand the environment in which the bees are kept.
Coconut oil is made from the fruit of the coconut palm tree. It has a wide range of qualities and is naturally rich in minerals, essential fatty acids and vitamins . This enables coconut oil to assist with intense moisturising and protection of dry cracked, lips. In addition, it can act as an anti-inflammatory and helps to fight bacteria, all helping to repair and heal skin much faster. It is a very rich product, so may prove an issue for more sensitive skin types.
Shea butter is extracted from the Shea tree and is another natural source of protection for damaged skin cells. It is a rich fatty acid with additional minerals and vitamins that assist the healing process. It moisturises and protects the skin and has anti inflammatory properties that reduce the irritation of extensively damaged lips. Shea butter is also a dense product, and care should be taken if the surrounding skin is sensitive or prone to pore blockages.
Extracted from the Jojoba plant , this oil is actually a plant wax . It is naturally occurring and is able to penetrate the skin effectively. Combined with an array of vitamins and minerals, it can soothe and repair problematic skin damage to the lips. It has the advantage of being a light wax and this provides an ease of use and in application. There are also some known cases of allergy to the jojoba oil. So, make sure to always check the ingredients of any lip balm you buy to avoid any allergies.
Why use a CBD lip balm ?
The use of CBD in your lip balm is effective if matched to the correct blend of other ingredients, chosen primarily from the products cited above. The CBD provides a reinforcement for the anti-inflammatory properties of the lip balm and lip salve. It acts as a rapid repair agent to improve the healing process of the skin and lips. In fact a CBD balm can be used to assist the healing process of not only cracked and damaged lips, but also minor cuts located on your hands or face. Indeed many use their CBD balm to improve other dry skin conditions, especially dry skin on elbows and hands.
The suggestion that applying a CBD lip balm can lead to absorption into your blood stream is unlikely. (However, this is not impossible if the skin is broken.) Although, this is not the primary role of CBD lip salve. If you require CBD to assist with issues such as anxiety, it is advisable to use a method of application that allows rapid and easy absorption into the bloodstream, such as oil drops taken orally. Also, remember to always look for quality CBD products that have zero THC and with certified production. (Be assured, they will not get you high.)
The best CBD lip balms contain high quality CBD, in combination with naturally occurring oils and waxes, rich in vitamins such as A, C and E. Reputable companies will also quote the dosage of CBD used in the product. This is essential, as many companies use negligible dosages of CBD to claim its presence. This is a waste of money, as you will not see any positive effects from very minute doses of CBD.
Not all CBD lip balms are the same. It is essential to choose carefully the base oils and waxes and to find a reliable CBD supplier. Personally, I try to find a CBD salve that has a coconut oil base combined with a variety of natural plant extracts such as jojoba oil and avocado oil combined with natural flavourings so it tastes as good as it works. If the CBD balm has less that 1% CBD, I doubt it can be effective for accelerating the healing process of my lips .
I have to admit though, on that flight that I mentioned at the start, the Bordeaux red won the initial contest!