Firstly lets start with the question, Why do I have chapped lips?
It’s a frustration most people will go through in their life from time to time but for some dry, chapped lips is a common occurrence. The dry and rough skin of the lips can become red, sore and cracked. Predominantly experienced in the colder months, as our lips are exposed to the elements and our thin skin of the lips loses moisture retention through trans epidermal water loss (the passive evaporation of water through skin to the external environment) when we are in warmer central heated homes and workplaces.
Chapped lips can in some cases be due to underlying health conditions such as Angular Cheilitis, an inflammatory condition that presents itself as swollen red patches at both or one corner of the mouth.
Other causes may be:
- Exposure to dry winter air
- Frequent lip licking
- Mouth breathing
- Inadequate healthy fat in the diet
- Nutrient and vitamin deficiencies such as Iron or Vitamin B
- Reaction to toothpaste or lip products
- Irritant foods- spicy
- Coeliac disease
Things to consider when you’re suffering with dry, chapped lips?
- As hard as it is, try not to lick your lips, as natural as it feels to ‘add moisture’ your saliva is not an ingredient the skin of the lip’s desires. More on what you do need a little later.
- Try not to pick or bite any flaky skin on the lips this will only slow the healing process not remove the problem.
- Wash your hands before applying product from a jar like Overnight Lip Mask. Or clean the tip of your applicator regularly if you use our Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster.
- While we are on the subject of hygiene, don’t share your friend’s product if you can’t find yours.
- If you are heading outside and its cold, wrap up! Take that scarf and protect your lips.
There are two main ingredient profiles a product needs to include to help the skin of the lips retain moisture.
Occlusive + Emollient
An occlusive agent will help the dry, chapped lips reduce moisture loss by creating a barrier, Shea Butter is the agent in Overnight Lip Mask which doesn’t leave a greasy texture like a Vaseline based product.
An emollient ingredient will add hydration to soften and soothe the skin of the lips. Shea Butter is also an emollient as well as occlusive so a multifaceted ingredient. The Overnight Lip Mask also contains the emollients Squalene which is a light texture that protects the skins natural lipids and barrier function. Tocopherol aka Vitamin E is the final emollient which is also an antioxidant to protect the delicate skin from free radicals which can come from air pollution, UV exposure and cigarette smoke that can breakdown the skins lipids, collagen and elastin.
What is Overnight Lip Mask?
If you are looking to intensely hydrate and nourish dry, chapped lips while helping retain essential moisture, this leave-on night-time treatment could be just what you are looking for. Formulated with a unique blend of nourishing and emollient ingredients, this ultra-hydrating lip mask promotes softer, smoother lips in the morning.
- Hydrates and nourishes lips while helping retain moisture
- Fights visible signs of ageing and minimises the appearance of lip lines
- Soothes and conditions chapped, tight lips and reduces flakiness
- Helps skin maximize its overall natural overnight rhythm of repair and protection.
This product is estimated to last 400-450 uses.