Lip-care products were among the first cosmetics, dating as far back as 3500 b.c., when Mesopotamians made lip paints.
Lipstick, as we know it, was introduced in Paris in 1910. Beeswax was a key ingredient then and still is today, as manufacturers haven’t been able to develop a suitable substitute for it.
Compared to the rest of our bodies, our lips are unique both for their appearance and their make-up. They have no sweat glands, few sebaceous oil glands and their only protection from the outside world is saliva—which really isn’t all that helpful.
Keep your lips looking and feeling their best with these simple tips.
• To exfoliate dry lips, apply a layer of light oil, then gently brush your lips with a warm, wet washcloth or soft toothbrush.
• Avoid licking your lips. This actually dries them out more, causing them to chap and crack.
• Condition your lips as you sleep by coating them with a layer of lip gloss or natural oil, such as coconut oil, before you go to bed.
• If you spend a lot of time outdoors, use sunscreen on your lips. Lips can develop skin cancer if not protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Here are a few recipes to get you started:
Natural Beeswax Lip Balm Recipe
Makes 1 ½ ounces
Bees provide a valuable lip balm ingredient—beeswax! This rich balm will soften and protect your lips. You can use it alone or as a base for colored lipstick.
Spearmint Lip Gloss Recipe
Makes 1/2 ounce
Spearmint makes this gloss feel refreshing and soothing on your lips. Also try using other mints, such as orange, pineapple, cinnamon or chocolate mint. If you don’t have fresh mint on hand, substitute dried mint until fresh leaves are available.
Red Clover Lip Gel
Makes 1/2 ounce
Perfect remedy for dry, chapped lips.
In a small pan, bring clover, water and honey to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, then strain liquid. Return liquid to pan and stir in oil and cornstarch, mixing well. Heat mixture until it forms a clear gel (about 1 to 2 minutes). Cool gel completely, stirring occasionally. Spoon into a clean container.
Beet Root Lip Stain
Makes 1 ounce
Lip stains are perfect when you want just a hint of color. This recipe uses dried beet root powder, which is sold at natural food stores. You also could try fresh berry juice or alkanet root powder for color variations.
On a stove or in a microwave, gently heat oils and beeswax to melt wax. Add beet root powder and stir well. Don’t worry if the mixture seems to separate; it will congeal when cool. As the mixture cools, you can add more powder, if necessary, to reach the desired shade (pink to deep red). Spoon lip stain into a clean container.
Aloe Vera Lip Gloss Recipe
Makes 1/2 ounce
This light lip gloss will protect, shine and moisturize your lips. Aloe vera gel’s high moisture content is very soothing. If you have an aloe plant, simply split one of the leaves lengthwise and squeeze out some of the clear gel.
Mix together aloe and oils; stir well. Pour into a small, clean container.
These recipes were created by Janice Cox and she is the author of Natural Beauty at Home and Natural Beauty from the Garden.
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