In general, there are many facets to healthy lips. At the root of it all, you have to stay hydrated. Thankfully, water is fairly abundant on this planet and you are probably relatively close to a source that is drinkable.
Next in line is the fact that playing brass is a workout, plain and simple. Your face has lots of little muscles that cooperate to make your embouchure work, and they all need recovery time just like any other muscle group after a workout. After a workout, the tissue can become inflamed and it doesn't quite work like you want or expect it to. One of the best ways to reduce inflammation is get good sleep, but that's not always possible. When you have to suck it up and deal with it, try out one of the great products, below.
Also, don't get in fist-fights. One good whack and you'll be out of the game for a couple weeks.
Unfortunately, at this time (1/2016) Zaja Chops is not available. But we are leaving this information up just in case it becomes available again in the near future. The only choice at this time is ChopSaver (see below). Sorry.
Steve says this is great stuff. Buy it; it's the best.
Arnica, the primary ingredient in CHOPS T.I.C., has long been recognized for its soothing and healing properties, Arnica flower extract is used to treat many types of skin disorders including irritation, bruises, rashes, abrasions and swelling.
Arnica extract contains a wide variety of properties including antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, circulation stimulating and healing. It promotes the removal of waste from the skin, aids in new tissue growth, is anti-allergenic and effectively treats damaged, reddened, or tired skin. Cosmetic surgeons have found the Arnica flower extract helps the skin to heal faster after surgery and minimizes bruising.
Arnica flower extract protects the skin from harmful pollutants, strengthens the tissue by increasing circulation and is a powerful antiseptic and healing agent. It's natural properties strengthen the cells and contribute to the skin's regenerative and recuperative processes.
- Increases circulation
- Reduces swelling and bruising
- Prevents skin infections and inflammations
- Heals and soothes the skin
- Penetrates skin easily, reaching deeper layers of the epidermis
- Beneficial for all skin types
Arnica Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Comfrey Extract, Lily of the Valley Essential Oil, Sorbitol, Natural Preservative, Spearmint and Peppermint Oil.
Apply as needed. Massage gently into skin until absorbed. CAUTION: DO NOT USE ON BROKEN SKIN
Available in a standard lip balm screw-tube, ChopSaver is based on shea butter and aloe, with other fine herbs, oils, and butters. The small tube fits easily in case compartments or even your mouthpiece pouch. Great if you're on the run and even comes in a Gold version with included SPF 15 sunscreen. "For musicians with lips"