Lip Balm: Did you know?
News from Dr. Zand: Most lip balms contain ingredients that actually inflame your lip tissue … dissolve your skin’s natural oils … and prevent your lips from absorbing moisture. Here’s what to do instead …
When your lips become chapped, dry, or irritated, I’ll bet the first thing you reach for is a tube of lip balm. And that can be a good idea. Since your lips are one of the least protected parts of your body, they need constant moisture to stay in peak condition.
Conventional wisdom says that lip balms seal in moisture and provide lip comfort. They can protect your delicate lips from summer sun, winter winds, and other harsh environments, too. But here’s something you may find surprising: typical lip balms actually make your lips drier.
That’s right! Many of the popular lip balms and creams contain active ingredients that prevent your skin from absorbing moisture. So your lips continue to feel dry and scaly. That’s why you have to apply lip balms again and again to get relief.
The vast majority of lip balms are also filled with chemicals that, over time, crack and inflame lip tissue…making you look years older.
Worst of all, few of these products do anything to protect your lips against harsh weather, environmental pollution and other toxins that damage and age your skin!The next time you buy a lip product, check the label…
I have written several bestsellers including Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, and Smart Medicine for Healthier Living. I am also the co-founder of Zand products. You may have seen Zand herbal formulas in health food stores across the country.
But more important than my credentials is the fact that I totally understand what it’s like to deal with aging skin — because my skin is aging too. I spend a lot of time outdoors, in air conditioned offices, and traveling in airplanes with dry dirty air. I tried many lip balms to keep my lips moist but none of them were really impressive.
That’s why I decided to do some investigating on typical lip products out there—and what I discovered was downright shocking.
For example, many lip balms contain camphor, phenol and menthol. These ingredients may give your lips a nice cooling sensation—but they are also the most drying.
Another common ingredient is salicylic acid, a natural exfoliant. It’s supposed to help slough off dry, flaky skin…but all it usually does is leave lips chapped and peeling.
But probably the worst culprit is the one ingredient that’s the most popular: petroleum-based oils. These include petroleum jelly, or mineral oil.
Petroleum-based oils actually suffocate your lips and mouth. They dissolve your skin’s natural oils. With regular use, petroleum-based lip products make your lips feel dry and hard. And they do little and nothing to protect your delicate lips from harsh weather, either.
Here’s what your lips really need to stay moist and supple… while helping them appear years younger, too
To soothe, hydrate and nourish your lips, I suggest sunflower seed oil. A recent study found numerous benefits to this oil, both for your health as well as your beauty regime!
Not only does sunflower seed oil absorb and moisturize, it’s chock-full of skin-loving Vitamins A, D, and E.
Sunflower seed oil is also an abundant source for compounds like lecithin that help protect cell membranes against pathogens. For example, a study conducted on preterm infants showed that sunflower seed oil helped prevent bacterial infections and dramatically improved the overall look and feel of problem skin.
With its ability to deeply nourish, hydrate, and protect, you can see why sunflower seed oil is one of my top recommendations for breaking the cycle of dry lips. But it’s far from my only one!
The two nutrients your lips are thirsting for— yet you won’t find them in most lip products!
Because your lips are constantly exposed to the elements, they’re also the first to show signs of age-causing environmental damage. So you need to give them extra defense against hot summer sun and harsh winter winds.
And the easiest, best way to do this is with these two common antioxidants: Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
You know that Vitamin C helps you avoid colds and flu. But some exciting studies show it can actually repair environmentally damaged skin. Here’s how.
Vitamin C has the ability to help tissues repair themselves … which means it can help rejuvenate the look and feel of lips damaged by harsh weather. What’s more, Vitamin C helps boost collagen production. Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin and lips plump and wrinkle free.
Meanwhile, Vitamin E is a remarkable anti-aging nutrient. It helps protect cells from sun exposure and other environmental damage. Studies show it can also prevent scarring, smooth the appearance of existing wrinkles, and fight skin inflammation.
Together, this antioxidant team creates a chemical bond that shields the delicate lip area from the ravages of sun, smoke and air pollution. They also fight off the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and lips.
Many lip creams contain either Vitamin C or Vitamin E…but very few contain both. And you need both nutrients to get the most benefits!
The final way to keep lips moist and young looking is to calm inflammation and repair rough, scaly skin. That’s why you need to know about…
The Hawaiian Nutty Secrets that Calm, Soothe, and Heal
Native Hawaiians used macadamia and kukui nut oils to relieve sunburn pain and protect their skin from the tropical sun.
Today, scientists know that these nutty oils are chock full of health-giving Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Your lips need high levels of essential fatty acids to stay hydrated, plump and young looking.
These Hawaiian beauty secrets are rich in palmitoleic acid, a nutrient that closely resembles the oils in your skin. That’s why they absorb so deeply and improve your skin’s natural moisture levels.
What’s more, macadamia and kukui nut oils are natural sources of phytosterols, vitamin E, and other skin-loving compounds that protect cell health and repair visible signs of aging.
If you want plump, sensuous lips that can make you look years younger than your true age—these Hawaiian nuts are your most effective beauty secret.
So Where Can You Find All These Lip-Loving Nutrients?
Your lips are the hardest working part of your face. So the sooner you treat dry, aging lips – the better. But caution: typical lip products – even those expensive, department-store brands — simply won’t do the job.
Announcing New Système 41 Hydrating Lip Therapy
That’s why I worked hand-in-hand with the formulators at Système 41. Together, we developed a spa-strength lip treatment that includes all my “must-have” ingredients for moist, supple lips—and then some.
It’s called Système 41 Hydrating Lip Therapy. And it’s specially formulated to replenish natural moisture, restore youthful suppleness, and deliver dramatic, age-defying results.
Système 41 Hydrating Lip Therapy includes sunflower seed oil to hydrate and shield against moisture loss.
It contains the most effective, most absorbable forms of both Vitamin C and Vitamin E to nourish your lips and repair free radical damage.
It also contains an advanced proprietary blend of macadamia and kukui nut oils called SOLaLeur®. SOLaleur® is clinically proven to ease sunburn and other environmental damage while protecting against redness and inflammation. In fact, studies showed that it has a remarkable 85% success rate for improving the look and feel of dry, irritated skin!
If you’re allergic to tree nuts, the heating and filtering process used in SOLaLeur removes the allergenic proteins. And anecdotal evidence showed that people with tree nut allergies did not show any adverse reactions. But please check with your doctor.
But That’s Not All. To make our Hydrating Lip Therapy even more effective, I added…
•Extra Virgin Olive Oil: You may know that olive oil has been seen as a natural healer for over 5,000 years. Olive oil is a powerful antioxidant, natural anti-inflammatory and an excellent remedy for soothing and nourishing your lips.
•Rose Hip Seed Oil: Packed with skin-loving vitamin A and essential fatty acids, rosehips helps increase collagen and elastin levels. So it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines while improving natural skin tone.
•Hemp Seed Oil is made up of 80% essential fatty acids, which is higher than any other plant on the planet. As a result, hemp oil deeply absorbs into the skin’s surface and helps regenerate the skin’s protective layer.
I promise you this: no other product contains all the lip-loving ingredients that Système 41 Hydrating Lip Therapy does – all in a 100% organic beeswax base. And like every other Système 41 product, our Hydrating Lip Therapy is 100% natural. No chemicals…no petroleum-based oils. Just gentle, pure ingredients that love your lips.
It’s the Perfect Addition to Everyone’s Beauty Bag!
Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and seeing soft, dewy, kissable lips…the kind you used to have in your 20s.
Imagine having lips that look moist, hydrated and plump naturally…no matter what the weather.
Imagine lips that have a rosy glow even without lipstick…and make you look years younger than you true age.
Système 41 Hydrating Lip Therapy makes it possible!
It glides on and moistures, without feeling greasy or sticky. It soothes and nourishes, so lips look plump and younger. It lasts long—and helps your lipstick last longer. And it’s a must-have for everyone’s beauty bag.
I recommend you apply Hydrating Lip Therapy each morning, before you put on your lipstick. And keep one on your nightstand, so you can soothe, treat and nourish your lips as you sleep. Dr. Janet Zand-