Buyer’s Guide: Lip Balms

Navigating the world of personal care ingredients can be confusing—how do you know what’s really natural and non-toxic? We’re starting a new series on Project Wellness that focuses on common beauty and body care products, including which ingredients to look for, and which to stay away from.

Tis the season for dry, chapped lips, so we’re focusing on that winter mainstay: lip balm. There are hundreds of lip balm remedies on the market today, and as with any product, there are some that work better and are safer than others. When shopping for a lip balm, look for products containing shea butter, beeswax, zinc or titanium oxide. Shea butter provides and locks in moisture; beeswax seals in moisture and is a natural antibacterial; and zinc and titanium oxide protect your lips from the harsh UV rays of the sun (even in winter, when sun reflects off of snow).

Those are the good ones. Now, which to avoid? Don’t forget that some experts estimate that we eat as much as six pounds of lipstick and lip balm in our lifetimes. So read the labels and steer clear of lip balms containing petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or menthol, camphor or phenol.

Pharmaca carries a variety of lip balms that feature all the best ingredients, without the bad ones. Here are some of our most popular lip balms:

And finally, don’t forget our own best-selling brand of lip balm. So keep those smackers moisturized this winter with some of our favorite all-natural lip balms!

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