Lip balms are everywhere these days, and they’re often a must-have in any makeup routine.
But the oils found in most of them aren’t the best choices.
These are: Cetyl alcohol, glycerin, niacinamide, ascorbic acid, and caprylic/capric triglyceride.
So what are the oils you should be avoiding?
A new study from researchers at Duke University suggests you might be better off avoiding the more popular glyceryl stearate and its cousin, cetyl stearyl alcohol.
This research was presented in an open access journal on Thursday, which means you can read and view the full article here.
The authors of the study, led by Dr. David Krizlinski, looked at more than 2,000 studies and found that glycoconjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and nanooxygenated linolenic acid (OLEA) were the least effective at removing lipsticks and lipsticks made with glycyl stearic acid and n-butyl ester (NBE).
Both of these fatty acids are used in the manufacture of olive oils, so they are naturally present in many lipsticks.
However, the authors also found that when used as a “lotion” (a cosmetic cream or cream oil) these oils are equally as effective at separating lipsticks from oil.
In fact, both of these lip oils were effective at removing lipsticks, and this is where the oil dispensers come in.
The researchers then went out to a number of retail locations and tested the effectiveness of these oil dispensing devices.
At the retail stores, they found that the oil dispensators were ineffective in removing oil from lipsticks made with cis-10 and saturated fatty acids.
The authors also noted that the dispensers tended to be ineffective in separating lipsticks from oil.
Overall, these results suggest that the oils in lipsticks are probably not the best choice for removing lipstick residue, as the oil can actually become rancid and difficult to remove, leading to dry, clogged pores.
The takeaway here?
Don’t waste your time with oil dispensers, unless you want to use a hand scrub or wipe your face.
The authors also suggest that you should only use the oil dewormer on a face that has already been sprayed with a grease-free conditioner.
If you want a greasy scrub, try the oil-deworcher instead.
Read more: Oil Dispenser: A New Way To Avoid Oil-Deworming Mistakes