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Why should you choose tinted lip balm instead of lipstick?

Tinted lip balms, which are a hybrid between makeup and lip care, and regular lipsticks both contain pigments which give them their color. However, their ingredient lists, texture and other qualities are very different. So which should you choose? Let’s find out.

Published October 20, 2022, by Stéphanie, Doctoresse en Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé, — 5 min read

The negatives of regular lipstick.

Lipsticks are makeup products designed to enhance your lips by adding color. However, depending on which texture you choose, lipstick can dry out the skin on and around your lips, especially those that offer a matte finish. That’s why it’s sensible to apply a hydrating lip balm as a base before your lipstick, to prevent your lips from drying out and to help your lipstick to last longer on your lips.

Plus, because your lipstick is in direct contact with your lips, there are potential long-term risks associated with its use, depending on the ingredients it contains. A study has revealed that women swallow 20-50mg of lip product (gloss, lipstick, lip balm) every day. Lipstick primarily contains natural or synthetic pigments which give it its color, but can also contain:

  • Chemical preservatives like phenoxyethanol, BHA or BHT to stop a build up of bacteria or to stop the lipstick from oxidizing. However, the latter are suspected to be endocrine disruptors;

  • Products derived from petrochemicals and based on hydrocarbons like paraffin oil (INCI name: Paraffinum Liquidum), polybutin, paraffin wax (INCI name: Microcrystalline Wax) or even ozokerite to make the lipstick shiny and give it its consistency. However, these components have been shown to be carcinogenic, and can also have negative effects on fertility and the hormonal system if ingested;

  • Heavy metals such as lead, manganese, chromium or aluminum that can cause several potential health problems (infertility, nervous system disorder, liver tumour, etc...).

Why should you choose a tinted lip balm?

The skin of your lips is thin, delicate, sensitive, without sebaceous or sweat glands, and subjected to cold, wind, and sun on a daily basis, which can cause it to dry out and leave your lips chapped, tingly, or even torn. Using a lip balm can help to protect against these external irritants, whatever the weather, and keep them plumped, smooth, and soft. It helps to repair, hydrate, soften and protect dry and fragile lips.

Plus, if you choose a tinted lip balm, you won’t need lipstick, because it acts as a hybrid with the color of a regular lipstick but the care and protection of a lip balm. At Typology, we’ve developed a range of tinted lip balms in five flattering colours, suitable for every occasion and skin tone: dusty pink, powder pink, ruby red, coral orange, and plum purple.

Our makeup-lip care hybrids are all made without mineral oils, silicones, or products based on hydrocarbons or parabens, and are packed with natural ingredients to hydrate and nourish your lips. These 2-in-1 lip care products are really effective at stopping your lips from drying out, while keeping them soft, supple and protected and adding a hint of glamor.

Sources :

  • ROJAS-CHEATHAM A. & al. Concentrations and potential health risks of metals in lip products. Environmental Health Perspectives (2013).

  • GROB K. & al. Mineral oil and synthetic hydrocarbons in cosmetic lip products. International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2016).

  • FLORES E. M. M. & al. Toxic and potentially toxic elements determination in cosmetics used for make-up: A critical review. Analytica Chimica Acta (2020).

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