- Softens the skin: Because shea butter is an emollient, it hydrates your lips short term and helps soften them over time. If you struggle to put lip color on peeling lips, then shea butter may be just what you need to create a smooth, soft canvas.
- Creates a protective barrier: This ingredient has also been shown to seal moisture into the skin and protect the skin barrier. (Yes, your lips have a moisture barrier, too.) One study even suggests it has similar topical effects as ceramides—or the polar lipids naturally found in your epidermis that are responsible for sealing your skin barrier.
- Adds antioxidants: Shea butter is notably high in vitamin E—a potent and oil-soluble antioxidant that helps to fight free radical damage and oxidative stress (both can lead to physical skin aging). Antioxidants are important components of a high-quality lip moisturizer, as the lip skin develops wrinkles and loses colortoo. Not to mention, vitamin E as a stand-alone antioxidant is great for the lips too, which we covered in this guide.
- Aids in cracks and flakes: There are many reasons for dry lips, but nevertheless having peeling or cracked lip skin can be extremely uncomfortable. For this reason, you want to find products that actually help your lips heal, not just soothe them temporarily. Luckily, shea and cocoa butter can do just that. In one study researchers found that topical shea butter can improve skin's appearance, immune response, and healing time.
Vitamin E also will help soften those lips along with coconut oil. Choose No Poo Lip Butter Balm and moisturize those lips the non toxic way!!