Dry cracked lips are uncomfortable. We all know it. Think about talking to someone while you are fighting a losing battle with your chapped lips. You're licking them, you can feel them peeling, they're tight and awkward, and you feel like they're all the person you're talking to is focusing on. And you might be right.
Dry lips can also be painful. Left untreated, lack of moisture can cause tiny splits and cracks in your lips, making certain foods like citrus or tomatoes nearly impossible to eat.
If you're someone who wears lipstick, forget it. The color will clump up on dry skin patches and leave your lips looking unappealing. Even if you don't wear lipstick, nobody likes the appearance of chapped lips.
So how do you get chapped lips anyway? There are so many reasons, it seems almost impossible to avoid them all:
Don't forget breathing through your mouth, which even if we don't do during the day, most of us do at night while we're sleeping (Imagine laughing at your friend or partner in a deep sleep, spread out with their mouth hanging open. We all do it!).
You probably already know that your skin is what protects your insides from the outside. It's important. And, for the most part, it produces its own oil (sebum) through sebaceous glands. If it's not in balance, it might produce too much oil or too little oil, but at least it has a defense system.
Your lips don't have sebaceous glands (if you've heard that we have ectopic sebaceous glands in our lips, remember that ectopic=abnormal), so they can't produce protective oil on their own. In addition to this, the stratum corneum (the surface layer of our skin) is thinner in the lips than anywhere else. This is the reason your lips are reddish - your capillaries are closer to the surface. Cool, huh?
Without their own oil glands, lips are prone to drying out, and with only a thin surface layer for protection, overly dried lips can easily crack and peel.
Go to Lip Care Guide, Part II - How to prevent dry chapped lips.
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Whenever I travel or celebrate a special occasion, I make a new essential oil blend. Sometimes I put it in an inhaler, or sometimes a perfume oil, sometimes a body oil, or a spray. Having a new aroma is my way to commemorate special moments in my life.
A few weeks ago, I went to Ireland. I wanted to bring some body oil for relaxing, so I first made a blend with Peace. Then I remembered I recently bought jasmine extract and neroli essential oil for personal use. They are both very precious oils, so I don't often use them, I had purchased them on a whim. It turns out I had a reason, I just didn't know it at the time.
I wanted to make something that reminded me of summer; reminded me of flowers blooming and of fertile earth and fresh green leaves. I started by pulling aside the oils that reminded me of that aroma. I wanted to use neroli and jasmine for sure, not only because I wanted to work with them, but also because their heavy floral aromas were perfect for the heart of the blend.
I needed a top note that was
I'm taking part in an Instagram Challenge called March Meet the Maker. Joanne Hawker started this challenge in 2016, but I only heard of it this year and jumped in late, just a couple days ago. Joanne set up each day with a different prompt, and makers share photos and stories related to that prompt. Today's prompt is "design process", and since this is my favorite part of my job, I wanted to share more than an Instagram post would allow.
Each type of product I make has a slightly different design process, depending on whether it's a lip balm and I'm creating new scents, or it's an aromatherapy blend where the ingredients are therapeutic, or it's a limited edition body product that is completely new. But they all start the same - an idea. Usually followed by the question, "how can I make this scent with just natural ingredients?"
Two years ago, I was browsing in a bookstore, and I picked up a book on their bestsellers table. I liked the way the book looked and felt in my hands, and I made a split second decision to buy it just before they closed, completely unaware that what I felt was what the book was about - an item sparking joy in myself. The book was Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Though the KonMari Method is about following your heart, not necessarily your instincts, I'm so glad I picked up that book!
I love stuff. I love to collect things, especially old things. I love the memories they hold, the connections they remind me of, and the history they contain. I am comforted by always having useful things around in case I need them. It's rare I ever leave my house without a bag (although I do try to challenge myself sometimes).