The Best Lip Balms To Nourish and Soothe Chapped Lips
By Abisoye Odugbesan
Sartorially this time of year is my favourite season. I love an oversized coat, cosy knits, and chunky boots. Winter clothes are much more interesting than flimsy summer attire. But warmer clothes means colder weather, icy rain, biting winds, disruptive snow, all of which I’m just not built for, because with all that miserable weather comes dry, scaly, dull and itchy skin, well, for me at least and my lips are the first to start feeling the affects.
Crusty lips are just not socially acceptable, and lipstick applied on top of dry flaky lips is a disaster. It’s as socially unacceptable as not wearing deodorant, and so I never leave the house without my humble lip balm, I have one in every coat pocket and hand-bag. Call me the lip balm connoisseur. Here are my favourites that hydrate, soothe and nourish your lips leaving your pout satisfyingly soothed.
Drunk Elephant’s Lippe Balm is a dreamy cocktail of avocado, mongongo, cranberry and marula oils to deeply nourish and soften delicate lips. It’s also souped up with peptides and sea fern algae to help plump up the appearance of lips and antioxidant-rich green tea leaf and vitamin c to combat environmental aggressors.
Glossier’s Coconut balm is a cult favourite that lives up to the hype. Packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry chaffed skin. It has a thick texture that will soothe the driest of lips.
A new favourite of mine, this little pot goes every where, ‘The Lip Balm’ is formulated with the famous Crème De La Mer Miracle Broth and is packed with natural extracts and oils that nourish and restore the skins natural moisture barrier. It has a light minty taste and a thick velvety texture, basically this is the cashmere of lip balms and if you want to splurge and treat your lips this winter this is the one.
Sugarplum is from the eos limited edition holiday collection, it’s free from parabens, petrolatum and gluten. It’s also packed with nourishing oils like jojoba and coconut to deeply hydrate lips leaving them silky smooth and ready for all the lipsticks you’re planning on wearing during the party season.
The Vitamin E Lip Conditioner is one of my favourites, formulated with vitamin E which helps to defend lips from the environmental aggressors. Also infused with honey which is a natural emollient, this lip balm soothed and sorted out my lips in just a few days.
If you’re prone to cold sores then this may be the lip balm for you. ‘Clinically proven to weaken the cause of cold sores, Lip Solve contains liquorice root which is an anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce swelling and redness, reducing the frequency and duration of cold sores’. It also has shea butter to soften lips and SP30 to keep them protected.
You’ll find this in every make-up artist’s kit and with good reason. Another multi-tasker, it can be used on lips, cuticles, skin and pretty much anything. It’s hero ingredient? Fermented PawPaw which is said to have natural healing qualities.
If you’ve got super dry lips then this might be the answer, this ‘super dense lanolin balm penetrates and seals in moisture, it’s hardworking multi-tasker – can be used on anything from from dry lips, brittle nails, insect cuts to cracked heels and dry nasal passages. Its free from parabens, sulphates and artificially fragrances , and is veggie and baby friendly!
‘Infused with powerful fruit extracts and beeswax to richly moisturise and soften lips, the nourishing oils and butters will make your lips happy and healthy, as Burt’s Bee’s put it ‘an oasis for your lips’.
Hydrates lips with moisturising coco butter and soothes with camphor and menthol, the Carmex original ‘Provides long lasting protective barrier to help promote healing’.
Enriched with anti-bacterial Honey and nutritive Shea Butter to help restore dry, chapped lips to their optimal hydration levels. ‘Tested in the extremely cold Canadian climate’ you know this little pot will protect your lips from winter elements.