Hydrated and Soft Lips: 3 Key Ingredients
Published: 5 September, 2023 | 4'
Ingredients to repair dry and chapped lips
Lips, due to their anatomical characteristics, have a lower water content and greater transepidermal water loss. For this reason, it is important that lip balms have formulations that prevent dryness and protect them from adverse environmental factors.
The main requirements that lip balms must meet are: resistance to temperature variations, pleasant taste, safety, smoothness during application, adherence, and easy removal.
The main ingredients of lip balms are usually butters, oils, waxes, and other excipients, and it is essential that the combination and concentration of the active ingredients are balanced.
Lip balms with natural ingredients represent a way to maintain and improve the structure and appearance of the lips, especially when there is a tendency for dry or chapped lips.
Let’s take a look at some of these natural ingredients that are suitable for lip care.
Dragon’s Blood, also known as Sangre de Dragón in Spanish, is a resin obtained from different species of trees, mainly from the Croton genus (Croton lechleri). The Croton tree grows in Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil.
The name Dragon’s Blood is related to Greek mythology, as the resin that emanates from these peculiar trees turns red upon contact with air. This resin has an astringent character and has been used since ancient times for skincare.
Benefits of Dragon’s Blood in cosmetics
Regarding its uses in cosmetics, Dragon’s Blood has been traditionally used for its moisturizing, regenerating, and antioxidant benefits, which maintain and/or improve the appearance of the skin.
Its high content of taspine and polyphenols facilitates rapid skin regeneration, promoting collagen production and repairing the skin’s structure.
Also, thanks to its high content of proanthocyanidins (PAC) and phenolic acids, it has antioxidant action and promotes skin hydration and elasticity.
Among the cosmetic products that contain Dragon’s Blood are lip balms, eye creams, anti-aging creams, and body lotions.
Benefits of Dragon’s Blood for chapped lips
Due to its reparative and moisturizing properties, Dragon’s Blood is ideal for lips, especially when they are dry and chapped:
- Replenishes and maintains moisture in lip tissues.
- Repairs the skin structure by activating fibroblasts, as demonstrated in studies, showing positive results by the third day.8
The argan tree (Argania spinosa) is native to southwestern Morocco and is known as “liquid gold” because of the appearance of its oil. It is extracted through an ancestral method by women’s cooperatives, according to Berber tradition, where the unroasted seeds are mechanically pressed.
Argan oil has been widely used since ancient times to maintain the appearance of young skin, as well as for its sebum-regulating properties and its positive effects on hair.
The nourishing properties of argan oil for lips
Argan oil is a key ingredient in the formulations of lip balms due to its content of vitamin E and fatty acids, especially oleic and linoleic acids, which, together with sterols and squalene, reinforce the integrity of the lipid barrier of lip skin and preserve hydration and flexibility.
Its antioxidant effects, due to the presence of vitamin E and phenols, protect against radiation and have an anti-aging effect.
Shea butter, also known as Butyrospermum parkii or Vitellaria paradoxa, is mainly found in the semi-arid savannah of sub-Saharan Africa, from Mali to Sudan and Uganda.
Shea butter is highly valued for its “butter,” which is extracted from the fruit and used as an emollient for skincare, being highly appreciated in the cosmetics industry for its sensory properties.
Properties of shea butter for regenerating dry lips
The main constituents of shea butter are triglycerides: esters of glycerol and fatty acids, which show an approximately equal mixture of solid and liquid triglyceride fractions based on oleic and stearic acids. It also contains triterpene esters, lupeol, alpha- and beta-amyrin, and butyrospermol, which are of interest as active ingredients in cosmetic formulations.
This combination provides permeability and elasticity, as well as forms the protective barrier that contributes to the stability and functionality of the lips, maintaining and/or restoring their hydration.
It also has tissue repairing activity that restores lip integrity, stimulates collagen production, contributing to firmness and elasticity of the lips.
Hydrate and repair your lips in 7 days with this combination of ingredients
The combination of these three ingredients can be found in BioAtopic Nose and Lips Balm, which moisturizes, protects, and soothes dry nose and lips.
BioAtopic Nose and Lips Balm has demonstrated its dermoprotective and repairing efficacy for the lips in a 7-day efficacy study in which dry lips significantly reduced wrinkles, dryness, and flaking.3
Benefits of BioAtopic Nose and Lips Balm
Discover the benefits of BioAtopic Nose and Lips Balm:
- Restores hydration and natural appearance to dry and flaky lips, regenerating and maintaining the integrity of the skin barrier.
- Promotes collagen production and has a soothing effect.
- Contains key emollients to replenish lipids naturally present in the skin of the nose and lips.
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- Ansuategui, M. and V. López. Argan Oil: Traditional uses, phytochemical, nutritional and pharmacological aspects. Revista de Fitoterapia 2015; 15 (1): 5-19.
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- Honfo, F. G. et al. Nutritional Composition of Shea Products and Chemical Properties of Shea Butter: A Review.
- Kadu, M. et al. Review on Natural Lip Balm. International Journal of Research in Cosmetic Science 2015; 5(1): 1-7.
- Namjoyan, F. et al. Efficacy of Dragon’s blood cream on wound healing: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine 6 (2016) 37e40.
- Tamura, E. et al. The roughness of lip skin is related to the ceramide profile in the stratum corneum. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2016 Dec;38(6):615-621.