I literally slather myself in oils from head to toe in winter.
Olive oil pre-shampoo treatment on my locks. Facial oil. Body oil. Lip oil. I waterproof EVERYTHING. Better greasy than flaky, yo!
In theory. Because in practice that are so many oils that aren’t greasy at all. And they still keep the flakiness at bay. Win win.
An example? Zelens Lip Treatment Oil. It’s packed with 9 plant oils and hyaluronic acids to pump up the moisture in your lips, keeping them soft and kissable all winter long.
In theory. In practice, here’s what happened when I put it to the test:
There may be 9 plant oils in here, but argan oil’s the only one that’s made it into the top 5. The other 4 main ingredients are all synthetic emollients, which could explain why its texture is so lightweight and not greasy at all.
I’m glad there’s plenty of argan oil here because it’s an incredible multitasker:
- Moisturising: argan oil is rich in linoleic and oleic acid, two fatty acids that increase moisture in the skin
- Soothing: linoleic acid also reduces inflammation
- Anti-acne: linoleic acid helps treat acne too
- Anti-wrinkles: argain oil is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E, that fight the free radicals that cause wrinkles
All things your lips need as much as your face, if not more.
This is an oil derived from shark liver.
Only kidding! Sort of. It used to be derived from sharks but that almost caused their extinction. No kidding this time. So now, we’re getting our fix from olives and other plants. That’s much better for everyone.
Squalene is also naturally present in your skin. That’s why it works so well at moisturising it. Plus, it has antioxidant properties too.
This is my fave humectant.
No, that’s not a dirty word. It’s scientists fancy way of calling anything that can draw moisture from the environment into the skin and lock it there.
Hyaluronic does this better than all other humectants out there. Why? It can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water. Plus, it works well both in high and low humidity conditions.
It hardly gets more hydrating than this!
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use And Opinion
As I’ve said already, Zelens Lip Treatment Oil is super light.
That’s both good and bad.
It’s good because it glides on so smoothly and sinks in quickly. It leaves no greasy residue behind at all.
It’s bad because it doesn’t last long. I have to reapply it every two hours.
If you can put up with that, it does make your lips softer and smoother. Since I started using it, the dreaded winter flakiness hasn’t touched my lips.
Touching up is easy to do anyway thanks to the doefoot applicator. And the vanilla scent is quite pleasant too. Even better, there’s no flavour. If it tasted good, this would last A LOT less on my lips!
EDIT 11/03/2017. Oops. Apparently, I’ve been using it wrong. It shouldn’t be used as a lip balm throughout the day but as a lip treatment before bedtime. So, you don’t need to reapply it so often.
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Ingredients Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Squalene, Rosa Moschata (Musk Rose) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Phospholipids, Hyaluronic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Tripeptide-29, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Bidens Pilosa Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Saccharomyces Cerevisae Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arachidyl Propionate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Ethyl Linoleate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol, BHT, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Aroma (Flavour), Sucrose Cocoate.
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