About Our Lips
Our lips don’t have oil or sweat glands – glands that regulate warmth, hydration and moisture – like other areas of our body. Unfortunately, as a result, our lips are much more prone to drying out. The stratum corneum (our outermost skin layer) is thinner on the lips than other areas of our body. Our stratum corneum has only 3-5 layers on our lips. In contrast, the stratum corneum on our face has up to 16 layers. This also explains why our lips are red. The stratum corneum is so thin that we can see the capillaries beneath the skin.
Our lips (along with our hands) have amongst the highest concentrations of touch receptor cells in our body, so our sense of touch is heightened. Further heightening our sensitivity, more brain power is spent interpreting sensations of touch from the lips and fingers than from other areas of our body.
How do I fix my dry lips?
Before you hydrate your lips, you should remove the surface layer of dead skin. Here are a few easy and economical ways to exfoliate: Wet a soft toothbrush with a little warm water (and optional, moisturizing oil), and gently brush your lips until they feel smooth and soft. Create a mix of sugar and water. Rub this mixture on your lips until your lips feel soft and you can gently scrub off the dead, dry skin. Wet a soft washcloth with warm water and gently exfoliate your lips.
Choose a lip balm that restores your lips moisture and locks moisture in like ZenRooted.
Most lip balms include occlusive materials such as Petrolatum that form a protective layer on the surface of our skin and seal in moisture. While these materials protect your lips, these materials do not treat dryness. Thus, if you have dry lips, it’s important to ensure that your lip balm also contains hydrating ingredients or to apply a separate hydrating moisturizer, first.
Choose a lip moisturizer that is rich with emollients and/or humectants to hydrate and soften your dry lips. Humectants are agents that attract water. When applied to your skin, humectants attract water from the deeper layers of your skin (the dermis) to the surface layers (epidermis). In humid environments, humectants can also attract water from the atmosphere into your skin. Glycerin is a popular humectant in moisturizing lip balms (for instance, it’s inYu-Be). Emollients are agents that help maintain the soft, smooth and pliable appearance of skin by filling in the crevaces between our skin cells, the corneocytes, in the stratum corneum. Coconut oil, jojoba oil, hemp oil or shea butter are powerful emollients. These oils are readily absorbed below our skin’s surface to improve skin smoothness and soothe dry lips.
If lips are chapped make sure your lip balm has the right ingredients like Eucalyptus combined with CBD to help treat your chapped lips.
Licking your lips Licking your lips exacerbates dryness and irritation. Normally, our lips have a very thin oil surface that prevents moisture loss. When we lick our lips, we remove this surface and our lips are more likely to dry out. Digestive enzymes in our saliva may also irritate our lips. Don’t lick to avoid dry lips! Camphor, phenol, and menthol may create a nice cooling sensation, but over the long run they can be irritating and further exacerbate dry lips. Artificial fragrances can be irritating and drying to your skin as well.
Make sure you’re drinking enough water. The skin is an organ and like any other organ, it’s composed of cells. Skin cells contain up to 30% water. We need to replace the water that’s naturally lost from our body each day. If your skin is not getting enough water, the lack of hydration can make your skin dry, tight, flaky and more prone to wrinkling. Stay hydrated to prevent dry lips.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol. This compound occurs in all plant life, but is found in higher concentrations in the Cannabis Sativa L. Plant. There are over 80 different types of phytocannabidoids. CBD is associated with the medicinal and healing properties of the plant that do not produce a high, unlike THC which is the psychoactive component. CBD is known to reduce anxiety, stress, inflammation and support our endocannabinoid system.
Hemp, or industrial hemp, is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. It is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It is used for anything from clothing, soaps, oil, nutritional products and even textiles for homes.
CBD oil uses the whole plant, while hemp oil comes from its seeds. CBD oil is made from a variety of parts of the mature hemp plant including its stalks and flowers. In order to get CBD and other compounds from the plant, they must be separated in a process called extraction.
Full-spectrum is an extract that is high in CBD but also contains other beneficial cannabinoids such as CBC, CBN, CBG as well as terpenes and other phytonutrients. All of these work in harmony to deliver a healing.
CBD isolate is a pure, crystalline powder that contains 99% pure CBD.
Full-spectrum CBD is made with an extract that contains all or nearly all of the compounds naturally present in the cannabis plant. This obviously includes CBD, as well as other cannabinoids (CBN, CBC, and CBG to name just a few), terpenes, flavonoids, and much more. CBD isolate, on the other hand, contains only CBD.
Industrial Hemp is legal and is not psychoactive. It is legal for licensed farmers to grow.
No! Our Lip Balm has <0.3% so there is no psychoactive effect.
Yes you can. As always, we do encourage you to check with the laws of your destination.
We suggest keeping your product in a cool dark place. It should last up to 1 year.
There is a chance that our full spectrum CBD could trigger a test with very small trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%). Although, very unlikely, we suggest you consult a physician before taking a test if this is a concern.
A Certificate of Analysis, or COA, is a document from an accredited laboratory that shows the quantity of various cannabinoids in a product. Manufacturers should send every batch of every product they make to a lab for testing, to protect their customers and prove that their products have as much CBD as they advertise.
Once you receive your product, there is a QR code on the label that you can scan and be taken to a webpage with the product’s COA. Most iPhones can scan QR codes through the regular camera, just open the camera app and point it at the QR code (don’t take a picture, just hover over the QR code) and a notification should pop up with a web address. For Android or older iPhones, simply go to the app store and search for a “QR code scanner”. There are free options to download.