I’ve been plagued by chronically dry lips my entire life. Look in my makeup bag anytime and you’ll find at least 3 different types of lip balms, chapsticks, lipglosses….you name it. But there are a few products you won’t find in my bag….most notably Vaseline (or any petroleum-based lip balm).
I know that a ton of women swear by Vaseline, but one of the main ingredients is mineral oil based, meaning that it is a byproduct of petroleum. Unless you aren’t too fussed about ingesting petroleum in small amounts, it may make sense to look for safer, more natural alternatives. Also, petroleum doesn’t actually heal your lips or chapped skin. Instead, it just sits on top of your skin. It creates a barrier that cuts off air circulation and winds up attracting a ton of bacteria.
Not sure what to do without your beloved Vaseline? You want a product that will actual re-hydrate your skin! Above are two natural, non-petroleum oil based lip balms that I find effective and fun to use. Waxelene is perfect for those looking for a true Vaseline substitue and RMS Lip and Skin Balm is yet another wonder product from the RMS lineup that I am head over heels in love with! Its neither overly thick nor waxy like other natural alternatives but really provides lasting moisture and protection.