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Four Outstanding Lip Treatments

Updated on October 6, 2009

Keep Your Lips Smooth and Healthy With These Budget-Friendly Balms

When is a lip balm a lip "treatment"? When it delivers superior moisture, sun protection, powerful antioxidants, and cutting-edge science. The good news is that you can get all of the above at your local drugstore for a beautifully small price!

Super-Moisturizing Lip Treatment: Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Aquaphor is a petroleum based ointment from Eucerin that is very similar to Vaseline.They are both petroleum jellies, but Aquaphor has something more--lanolin. Lanolin is an oil that comes from sheep's wool and it has both moisturizing and healing properties. It will sink right into the skin for immediate, intense moisture and also act as an occlusive, which is essentially a skin sealant. Aquaphor is helpful for minor wound treatment, eczema management (to stop the dry = itch cycle), post-tattoo care, diaper rash treatment and prevention, and as a healing agent for skin damaged during radiation treatments.

Aquaphor has quite a cult following because it is a true balm and a big multitasker.There's not much it can't do (smooth flyaways, remove makeup, improve cuticles overnight...) If you rub Aquaphor into your cuticles before bed, you will wake up to mended, healthy-looking cuticles in the morning. No cuticle butter out there can beat Aquaphor! Try it and you will see--and then use it on your lips!

This is a lip treatment that is easy to love because the results are noticeable right away. Aquaphor super-hydrates lips, plumping them the old-fashioned way, with moisture. Consistently using Aquaphor before bed each night results in healthy-looking, fuller lips. Again, the healing properties of this salve shine as it fills in lines, stops peeling and renews lips.

SPF 30 Lip Sunblock: A Kiss of Protection Lip Balm by Nivea

Sunblock for lips is gaining credibility and ground. Although lip sunblock might sound like overkill, consider that any body part that protrudes (shoulders, nose, ears, lips) is exposed to more UVA/B rays. Balms are just starting to have SPF formulas, but many of them are less than SPF 15. A lip balm has to have SPF 15 or higher to be effective for any amount of time. When SPF goes up, so does the amount of time your sunblock is effective before reapplication will be needed.

Do you still need more to motivate you to add another step to your lip care routine? Lips get old for the same reason faces get old--the sun. Lips develop wrinkles and lose volume as a direct result of UV exposure.

With Nivea's A Kiss of Protection Lip balm, you get SPF 30 with titanium dioxide, a strong physical sunblock for both UVA and UVB rays. This balm has sunny packaging--a bright yellow cap with a creamy yellow stick. The scent is orangey, very mellow, and very pleasant!

Antioxidant Lip Balm: Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm

What can a lip balm do about cancer? It can provide a powerful antioxidant to help prevent cancer by controlling free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with only one electron that are the result of exposure to UV radiation. Antioxidants attach themselves to free radicals, diffusing them before they grab an electron from a healthy molecule.

Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm contains a powerhouse antioxidant: pomegranate. Unlike sunblocks, antioxidants remain in the skin after they are applied. As mentioned earlier, lips do get aged from the sun. Just as an antioxidant facial lotion undoes some of the damage UV light has already done, an antioxidant lip balm can improve lip texture and slow lip thinning.

Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm is the real deal and there is a bonus! This red balm is simply scrumptious! It has such a distinctive, one-of-a-kind scent/flavor and it is lovable. (Throw this in a nearby heating pad, and it will liquefy around the edges, creating a deep-penetrating lip oil. Apply and enjoy!)

Anti-Aging Lip Balm: Blistex Deep Renewal Lip Balm w/ SPF 15

Lip balms are starting to use the same anti-aging agents as those we now see in facial moisturizers. Blistex Deep Renewal has several ingredients that you would usually see in anti-aging facial products. Blistex Deep Renewal has Coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that will rein in free radicals and also reduce existing sun damage, such as wrinkles or discoloration.

Hyaluronic acid is an exciting addition to this balm. Hyaluronic acid is a sophisticated water-binder that draws moisture to your lips and keeps it there. It is the primary ingredient in many wrinkle fillers. .Another intriguing fact: Hyaluronic acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, and it actually absorbs water from the air! Now that's serious moisture!

Hyaluronic acid also stimulates collagen production. Collagen lies beneath the skin, forming a cushion to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle-free. More collagen means your lips will be fuller and less wrinkled. You can turn back time a little bit with this balm!

All of these lips treatments will improve your lips. They all have something to offer. Aquafor deeply moisturizes and heals. A Kiss of Protection has a higher SPF than most other lip balms. Burt's Bees Replenishing Balm has pomegranate, a killer antioxidant. Blistex Deep Renewal has SPF 15, Coenzyme 10, an antioxidant, and hyaluronic acid, a wrinkle wunderkind! You won't go wrong with any of these quality lip treatments, and the best part is that they are available where you already shop and they are all under $4.00--Enjoy!




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