12 October 2011

Luscious lips: 6 of the best balms!

Lip balms these days come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s truly one for every occasion. Here are six I’ve been using and loving to stave off dry and dehydrated lips this autumn. 

Oriflame Tender Care Protecting Balm in Caramel: This rich balm contains beeswax and feels intensely nourishing. I love it as an overnight balm to moisturise and repair. I keep it on my bedside table and apply a slick of the gorgeously scented caramel balm before I sleep. Can be used on any part of the body that suffers from dryness.

Vaseline Rosy Lips: The tiny price and cute retro tin makes this a great everyday balm for all budgets. Protects lips from the elements while imparting a natural rosy tint. Scented with rose oil while almond oil provides an added moisture boost. 

Figs & Rouge Rambling Rose balm: Available from Boots, this 100% organic balm is loved by Emma Watson and comes in a pretty, vintage inspired pot that carries that all-important stamp of certification by the Soil Association. Provides intense hydration and contains sunflower oil, shea butter and rose oil, which gives the product its lovely scent. A great pick for those who prefer their products natural and petroleum free.

NUXE Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturising Stick: Like everything in the Rêve de Miel range this moisturising lip stick is packed full of seriously soothing, comforting and protecting ingredients.  Honey, shea butter, sunflower and sweet almond oil keep lips soft and smooth, while grapefruit oil contributes to the delicious citrus taste.  Of all the balms featured today, this is the best for applying on the move, thanks to the handy stick packaging. I keep it in my handbag and apply liberally throughout the day.  

Liz Earle Sheer Pink Lip Shimmer: Fans of Liz Earle’s Superskin Concentrate will love this lightly tinted balm as the two products smell identical, with a gorgeous herbal scent. Enriched with rosehip oil, vitamin E and neroli oil, this feels really conditioning and hydrating on the lips. It provides a slick of barely there colour with just a hint of shimmer and plenty of shine, for soft, glossy lips that taste as good as they look. Can also be used over lipstick. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream: I’m not a huge fan of the taste but this heavy duty skin protectant provides instant relief for dry and very chapped lips. On the more expensive end of the spectrum, but great to have on-hand during the autumn and winter months as it heals, moisturises and soothes. Works wonders on dry cuticles, elbows, and minor skin irritations too.

Have you tried any of these, or are you tempted?
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