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Lip Balms: all equal?

Everything you need to know to help you choose your lip balm.

Aug. 24, 2016

Take a look inside of any woman’s purse: among the variety of important items (chewing gum, hair band, hair clip, etc.) you will find for sure a lip balm, the only object vital for survival from 9 to 5.

Why do we have this obsession with lip balms? Because it’s almost impossible to focus or to enjoy any activity when you suffer from dry lips. Lips are particularly vulnerable to exterior aggressions: their skin is much thinner and delicate than the rest of the body and they don’t produce any natural oil to protect themselves. Exposed to the sun, dry air, cold, make up and to the food we eat, the outer layer of the lips is constantly irritated and barely retains moisture in the tissue of the skin. Like a superhero, a lip balm comes to the rescue.

Among all these attractive tubes with delicious smells, the active ingredients, quality, origin and manufacturing method of the product vary. Did you know that cosmetics are not confined to the skin’s surface? Indeed, the active ingredients are absorbed through the skin in order to reach the damaged deep tissues. It's even worse in the case of lip care products, where a certain amount is even swallowed unintentionally.

Efficacy and safety: the criteria to be considered

Using any lip balm, one’s exposed to irritations to certain ingredients. Luckily there is a simple way to ensure moisturizing properties and safety: by prioritizing natural ingredients tested thoroughly and rigorously.

The best example is the sphere lip balm made by eos, a consumer favoritei. Behind this popular colored sphere, you can find 100% natural ingredients, 95% of which are certified organic, from renewable sources. Tested in labs under the supervision of independent dermatologists, it complies (and sometimes even exceeds!) the industry guidelines in terms of efficacy and safety.

Only the best ingredients

The spherical eos lip balm has a host of beneficial ingredients:

Vitamin E (Tocopherol):
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, it helps repair the skin damaged by UV rays. In addition to reduce redness, it moisturizes the skin and retains water in tissues.

Jojoba oil
Its structure resembles the oil naturally secreted by the sebaceous glands of the skin, making it the perfect ingredient to moisturize the lips of all skin types, without clogging pores.

Shea Butter
Known for its softness, it is gentle enough for sensitive skin: it is also recommended for babies! It helps retain moisture deeply in the skin.

It forms a barrier on the skin to protect it from external aggressions such as the sun and the cold, as well as helping retain moisture inside. In addition, it draws the water in which sticks to it and migrates into the skin.

Olive oil
Rich source of linoleic acid, a fatty acid that makes up the skin barrier, it helps restructure the skin to prevent moisture leaks into the tissues. It works wonders on dry skin.

Coconut oil
Packed with antioxidants and vitamins, this oil fights the damages caused by sun exposure. It thus slows the signs of premature skin aging, like wrinkles and fine lines.

Fun fact
Commonly called the "sphere", the round case is 100% recyclable and has seven fun flavors, whether you're a fan of wild berries, fresh mint or another 100% natural fruity flavor. The aromas of eos have no equal, and we understand why: they are the result of a combination of 20 to 40 natural extracts expertly balanced for the perfect perfume.

A choice that makes sense
Moral of the story? If you don’t want to make a compromise between the look of your lip balm and its benefits, eos lip balm is a good choice: as cute and delicious as it’s healthy, it will be a great help in any natural lip care routine!

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