With the wintertime and it being so windy and cold outside, I've had to break out my chapstick and lotions. However, now that I've become Paleo, I figured there must be a better product or way to treat my skin. Granted with eating paleo its much later in the fall/winter season than normal for me to break out the chapstick, and my knuckles have yet to crack from the cold (which is a new development!).
I know chapsticks tend to contain alcohol in the ingredients which make them addictive, because you have to keep reapplying to keep your lips moisturized. 1)Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can use instead of chapstick? Anything I could put in a pocket or purse?
2) What about face and/or hand lotion? Someone once told me in passing to use coconut oil, and I tried it once but was slightly turned off by the greasiness of it (enjoyed the smell). I’m willing to try it again if people think that’s the best, and if so what brands would you recommend?
For chapstick- http://www.vitacost.com/Badger-Organic-Cocoa-Butter-Lip-Balm
Ingredients: *Extra virgin olive oil, *fair trade certified cocoa butter, *beeswax, *castor oil, *aloe vera extract, and CO2 extracts of *rosemary, *rosehip & *seabuckthorn berry. * = Certified Organic
For something that's a little more mass-market than the Badger brand so it might be easier to find, Burt's Bees lip balm isn't TOO bad:
Beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower oil (I know, I know ...), tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol (vitamin E), lanolin, peppermint oil, comfrey root extract, rosemary extract.
I love coconut oil - I use it all over. Portability is a little tricky, but what if you got a little tupperware container or old chapstick tube and put some in there?
As far as greasiness, try using a touch less... or just take some time and you'll probably get used to it! I find that if it's warmed up a bit then I need less so I don't get as greasy.
I use this one from the trusted Dr. Bronner's:
the ingredients are awesome.
I recently walked into my local Walgreens drugstore looking for a cure for my extremely chapped lips.
Even the Burt's Bees stuff has weird soy ingredients...
But I found a pretty good cure: 100% Cocoa Butter sticks.
They have only one ingredient, and they actually work.
According to a website I read, farmers often use the natural oil on the side of the nose to put on the lips during a long day outside.
The cocoa butter seems very similar in consistency to this natural oil, and I like that.
My family's favorite lip balm for years has been Lansinoh (pure lanolin) You can find it in the baby dept. at Walmart and it is for breastfeeding mother's cracked nipples. It works great on lips too. It has no taste and is quite thick so it stays on your lips.
I've been making my own lately -- melt 1 part beeswax with 2 parts oil of your choice (jojoba, almond, or argan are lovely). I've bought my ingredients and packaging at www.fromnaturewithlove.com. It's a fun, quick project. I've made my own face moisturizer the same way, only I increase the oil composition to about 4 parts oil to 1 part beeswax.
i use coconut oil at night, before bedtime, but have a hard time using it in the day because of the greasiness and the fact that it tends to migrate all over my face. i really love everything made by badger. i have a rose badger lip balm that is fantastic.
I've learned that if I don't think about lip balm, I don't feel like I need it. So I don't carry it anymore, and just leave it by the bed, which is the only time I'll feel compelled to use it without it being purely psychological.
Avoid licking your lips, rubbing them, or touching them. I know that's easier said than done. Drinking more water also helped, as long as I didn't keep getting my lips wet.
I make my own lip balm with spearmint oil (for the coolness), beeswax, and coconut oil. I try to avoid using it altogether, though.
I do think coconut oil is the best for skin, but shea butter and cocoa butter are also good (I've bought the latter for like a dollar a stick before). Just try around until you find something you like, or mix them together. I've also made the beeswax and coconut oil mixture minus the spearmint for it.
I've found a wonderful lip moisturizer online at Tropical Traditions (TT).
INGREDIENTS: organic virgin coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic virgin palm oil.
TT also offers scented varieties of this lip moisturizer, which use high-quality, pure essential oils as the only additional ingredients.
I've had relatively oily skin all my life, yet am also having excellent results with TT's coconut oil soaps and moisturizers. Since I started using these products a few weeks ago, people have been commenting on the amazing appearance of my skin. I attribute it to the coconut oil moisturizer, and also the coconut oil in my diet.
I've happily ditched all the expensive skin creams I was using previously!