Why use lip oil instead of lip balm, lip gloss, or lipstick? Lip gloss is primarily for shine. While they may add some moisture, glosses are not enough to actually heal damaged skin. Lip balms can be soothing, but many people find their stickiness annoying. Lipsticks primarily just add color. Their ingredients aren’t particularly soothing, and adding color to irritated lips can make the problem worse as well as emphasize the fact that your lips are in bad shape.
Lip oils are primarily made of carrier oils with some added botanicals; however, even without the addition of essential oils or herbs, carrier oils can moisturize, medicate, and heal damaged skin. When you mix them together or add other ingredients, lip oils are very healing, moisturizing, and add shine as well.
If you want to go with a straight carrier oil, here are some top choices known for having good fat content and being hypoallergenic —
Rice Bran Oil
The liquefied fat extracted from the bran of the rice kernel. The primary fat in rice oil is monounsaturated fat, which experts agree has positive impacts on blood cholesterol and heart health. It has a delicate flavor so you won’t mind it being on your lips. It contains high amounts of antioxidants including tocotrienols which are part of the Vitamin E family.
This oil is obtained by fractionating shea butter to separate the liquid and the solid after extraction. It has all the benefits of shea butter but will stay liquid at room temperature. A soothing and moisturizing oil, it’s good for your pockets as well since it can be used to moisturize the entire body as well as mixed into shaving products, rubs, and ointments.
Unique because it’s extracted from the pulp of ripe avocados rather than the seed. Avocado oil has a rich monounsaturated fatty acid content, which can deliver important health benefits such as preventing cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It also contains flavonoids and antioxidants.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
When coconut oil is fractionated, it is separated into its components. Most of the fat in fractionated coconut oil is saturated fat, which while it may not be optimal for consumption, is great for restoring moisture to dry lips. Another benefit is that it’s tasteless.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil helps to restore the skin’s barrier function and minimize moisture loss. It has a balanced essential fatty acid profile which nearly matches human nutritional requirements. This makes hemp seed oil a suitable ingredient in a variety of food and personal care products. It contains a rare fatty acid–gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)–which is used to treat ailments such as arthritis and premenstrual syndrome.
Buy a refillable glass roller bottle so you can apply whenever needed.
If you’d prefer to go with one of the new lip oil formulas, there are many to choose from. The new lip oils are lightweight—not heavy at all.
Top Lip Oils
Burts Bees Tinted 100% Natural Moisturizing Tinted Lip Oil
Burts Bees Tinted 100% Natural Moisturizing Tinted Lip Oil goes on dryer than a balm. Six sheer shades and inexpensive. Oils included in the formula are coconut oil and Meadow Foam Seed Oil along with glycerin and Vitamin E. It can go on bare lips or over lipstick. Comes in a click and twist pen with a soft brush.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
Clarins Lip Oil is a bit pricier than average but claims to provide the ‘ultimate comfort and nutrition’. It will definitely make your lips look lush and plump after applying. Varieties include honey, raspberry, honey glam, mint, tangerine, red berry, and candy. It can be worn alone or over lipstick. Oils include Jojoba, hazel, and shea butter.
Nooni Appleberry Lip Oil
Oils include sunflower oil, Jojoba oil, olive oil, grapefruit oil, camellia oil, and macadamia oil to name a few but not all. Thanks to the inclusion of Eucalyptus oil, it has a cooling effect on your lips. You’ll feel a fresh tingle that is refreshing, but no irritating sting. You’ll notice an improvement in the texture of your lips. All Nooni products sold in the U.S. are animal testing free.
Ogee Sculpted Lip Oil
This lip oil is a primer, moisturizer, and balm in one. There is also a plumping effect thanks to the peppermint oil in the formula. Key ingredients are jojoba oil, peppermint oil, and organic beeswax. Ogee is certified 100% organic and does not use petroleum products, parabens, synthetic fragrances, formaldehyde, or GMOs. There are 7 color choices as well as a clear version. Wear it alone or under lipstick.
Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil
Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil contains aloe, coconut, and shea butter and is 99% natural. The thicker formula means you won’t have to reapply as much. Your lips will feel as smooth as silk, and it smells like a tropical vacation. It’s hard to find in stores, you’ll have better luck online.
The skin on your lips is sensitive, so be careful about the ingredients of products you put on them. If your lips are especially sensitive, avoid anything with fragrance as it may irritate them. Oils will help maintain and restore the barrier function to your lips and help heal irritation.