All I wanted was to use 4 B’s in this title & we achieved it! WINNING!
The word balms has long been a thorn in my side…. I actually think it’s a family joke at this point. I have the hardest time saying balm…. I over pronounce the L and it just sounds so nasal-y. Does anyone else do that? Yeah, me neither 😉 But recently I bravely used the word balmy when describing this weather we’ve had recently. It’s probably not been considered balmy to too many other Tucsonians, but balmy is described as something pleasant & it was AWESOMELY pleasant here, at least in my opinion. It was cloudy, snowy and just downright cold. I miss Ohio weather a lot, despite having lived in tropical oasis’ for the past 7 years & years to come of more Florida weather. But when we had this unbelievably chilly weather, I considered it balmy, pleasant! (Especially since I’ve been living in a state of groundhog’s day here in Tucson) But anyways, I’ll get off my soapbox, when I used the word, it had me thinking that my body could really use some balm because DAMN it’s dry!
What Are Balms?
A mix of oils, waxes, and even butters, balms oftentimes contain no water and have been used for hundreds of years to heal, soothe, moisturize & smooth skin. Many are thick and occlusive enough to create a protective barrier for skin!
Skin occlusion is an effective means of absorbing ointments and medication because it leaves your skin hydrated.
Many versions of balms today are petroleum based & in my research petroleum jelly can be controversial because carcinogens need to be removed from it before it’s safe to use. So we’ve tried to go the ‘clean’ route with this blog.
Benefits of Balms
Because true balms are waterless, you can make it with ingredients that stay stable for longer and are more potent, and you can pack a lot in there! Plus, they are sitting on your skin & since they don’t really evaporate or sink in, you are able to treat your skin at the source.
- Nourishes skin
- Intensly moisturizing
- Restores complexions moisture balance – when used as a cleanser
- Deep cleaning – when used as a cleanser
- Helpful for a variety of skin types
- Replenishes oil levels
#DYK Did you know!? Lotions and creams can contain over 70% water, which can often leave very little room for the active ingredients, making balms an ideal alternative.
Types of Balms
- Lip balm
- Foot balm
- Cuticle treatment
- Face mask
- Daily moisturizer – face & bod
- Brow tamer (lord knows I need this……)
- Cracked elbows
- Windburn treatment
- Makeup remover
- 2 in 1 – i.e. chest decongestant, hydration
- Chaffing solution
- Skin highlighter
#CheekyConfidential You can mix a bit of balm with any powder eyeshadow, blush, or bronzer to make a glorious, dewey look!
How to Use Balms In Your Routine
Hint: It’s not just for dry skin. Because there are so many types of balms out there, the way in which you use balms can be endless. Whether you suffer from dry skin or cracked lips or you’re looking to REALLY get off all that grime, residue and sometimes makeup off your face, balms can be an excellent addition or alternative to your current skincare regime.
Balms are solid in texture & break down when massaged into the skin or upon contact with heat, like your palms for instance. Balms are really concentrated and a little goes a long way, like we stated before. You will find you can use less balm than you would a typical moisturizer. Balms are ideal for the winter months as they provide a terrific barrier against the harsh, cold winds & dry environment. They also work well in the summertime to protect against sun damage and heal sunburns or heat rashes (I always get heat rashes!!!!).
Our Favorite Balms
‘A hydrating, long-lasting, multipurpose lip balm and skin salve that’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, chafed skin. The dense, waxy texture stays in place to seal in moisture wherever it goes.’
‘Nourish skin with a daily facial moisturizer for dry skin. Enriched with Edelweiss Flower Extract, this moisturizing facial balm helps strengthen skin’s barrier function to help lock in hydration. This rich moisturizer melts onto skin with a creamy texture leaving it softer, smoother and more comfortable, even in the driest climates.’
‘A hydrating balm with nourishing shea butter & coconut oil that gives a goddess glow. Rosehip seed oil has essential fatty acids, while organic Argan oil known as liquid gold prevent wrinkles. The balm also contains Camellia oil, the live benefits of beeswax, holy Frankincense, rose and ylang ylang.’
‘Lano The Original 101 Ointment Superbalm is an Ultra pure lanolin blend. Molecular structure closely resembles & mimics your own skin oils. Use for extremely dry lips, skin patches, cuticles & many more. A super dense balm that seals in moisture.’
‘Soothe and heal dry, damaged skin, lips and nails with the long lasting hydration and protection of Doctor Rogers RESTORE® Healing Balm. Our natural ointment heals and repairs rashes, wounded, burnt, lasered or sensitive skin.’
‘A transformational, lightweight makeup remover that goes from balm to oil to milk to melt away every trace of eye and face makeup and sunscreen.’
‘A concentrated lip treatment balm that helps banish dry lips and keep them chap-free, smooth, and soft. ‘
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