Until recently I’d escaped having dry lips, well, ever really. On occasions when my lips would get dry, I’d use a lip balm or treatment once or twice and that would be enough to sort things out and I’d then not need to use it for a while again. I haven’t ever really been someone to need to carry lip balms in my handbag with me as those occasions were so few and far between. That’s not to say I’ve not loved using lip balms, I’ve just never relied on them like I know some people have and do. However about 5-6 months ago I started to notice that I was getting dry patches of skin around my face, including on my lips. So I made a point of introducing a nightly lip product into my skincare regime and it’s really helped. And gradually I started using them more throughout the day too. Now I’ve got into the habit of using lip balms and lip products every day, it’s good practice and my lips are generally a lot softer and in better condition all round. I think maybe I did need to use them more than I thought before! So me realising how much better my lips are with regular pampering made me want to create an edit of all the best lip balms and treatments…
When it comes to lip products, Fresh is one of my favourite brands, if not the favourite brand of choice for me. Their Sugar Lip Treatments have always been top of my list when buying a new lip treatment product and their Christmas Collection blew me away and has kept me stocked up since. If you don’t know about these lip treatments, you’ll want to. They contain natural beeswax which works to lock in moisture thanks to the way wax binds hydration, so when you use it, your lips are moisturised for ages which makes them feel softer in the long run. The newest addition to the range is the Sugar Orchid which has the same amazing hydration properties but is also tinted with the most fun and girlie fuchia pint tone, so it nourishes while also adding a pop of colour! If you apply a thin layer it’s a very subtle tone, and if you layer it like a lipstick then the payoff is intense – as good as your favourite lippie. It’s also got SPF15 built in so it’s just an all-round favourite in every way. Plus these last forever and they’re both nourishing and luxurious as well as fun, which we all need in our lip treatments, right?
Until recently I’d not tried the GlamGlow Poutmud products, which is surprising since I adore the GlamGlow face masks and have all of them in my bathroom. I’m a huge fan of the products and that usually gives me the confidence to try new things from brands I’m loyal to, so testing this was a no-brainer for me. The Poutmuds are small little pots of lip balm and there’s six shades to pick from (one is clear if you prefer that.) I’ve got the pale pink and it’s a very delicate covering that just emphasises the natural colour of my lips rather than adding any colour to them. I like the way the Poutmud feels when applied, it’s soft and delicate and does nicely at hydrating. It contains cocoa butter in the formula, which you can tell as it’s got that level of softness to it and it also contains Moroccan Mint Leaf so it tastes minty on the lips, which has a mild cooling effect too.
Differently to others I’ve tried recently, the Image Skincare Lip Enhancement Complex is a dedicated treatment for plumping lips rather than healing them of dryness. Basically if you’re looking for non-surgical alternatives to filling out lips etc then this is the sort of product you want to use. While it does have moisturising properties so it’s a nice everyday lip balm, this one is more of your go-to if you’re looking for a targeted treatment. Containing a collagen type ingredient, it works to fill fine lines so the lips appear fuller and it’s great if your worried about the effects of ageing on your lips. I’m not massively worried about having fuller lips but this has been really nice to help encourage my lips to look a bit fuller and even, especially as I’m so close to my wedding now.
I love the Bobbi Brown lipstick formula, its one of my favourites right now and I’m also an advocate of their Extra Lip Tint too. I’ve got the shade Bare Nude which is a brown tone nude with a very subtle colour that works with the natural colouring of your lips so it goes the perfect shade for you. It’s classed as more of a lip stain than a tint, so you know it’s long lasting and like every good lip balm it’s soft and gentle to use while thoroughly nourishing the lips. To me, this one has the same relief to dry lips that a good oil has to dry skin on the body. It’s great as a daily pick-up for the nourishing and softening, but that colour is natural and easily wearable throughout the day.
I am a huge fan of the Eve Lom range, their cleanser is amazing and one I return to time and time again and their Demure Lip Balm has become a close second favourite in their range. Compiling almost all of my favourite elements from other products, this one plumps fine lines with it’s collagen containing properties, it also contains beeswax to keep the lips naturally hydrated for much longer and it protects against free radicals too. The original Eve Lom lip balm has cult status but this one has a soft and subtle pink sheen which looks lovely when worn, just the right amount of colour to add some shine and dimension. While I’ve got the soft pink, there’s a berry and nude tone available now too, which I am very much coveting.
Last year I was fortunate enough to get to try the entire collection of YSL Volupte Liquid Colour Balms which was so amazing and I loved it because the formula is fab. I like this one because it’s completely different to all my other lip balms and treatments as it’s not in a pot or a stick – this one comes on a wand. Applied like a lip gloss it has the same level of shine without the stickiness so it’s really lovely to wear instead of a lipstick if you’re struggling with dry lips etc. The colour is subtle and gentle and the formula is quite nice. More make up than ‘skincare’ this one fills that void for the in-between days when you’re only wanting barely-there lips.
Budget balms are also good alternatives, and my go-to is the Eos range because they’re usually less than £6 each and they’re really nourishing to the lips. These come in a sphere shaped pot that applies directly to the lips. My current favourite is the Pure Softness version as it’s got a really gentle scent that’s almost vanilla-like, so it smells yummy and it makes my lips feeling nicely moisturised thanks to the Shea butter in it. A lovely way to keep lips soft if you have dry lips.
So those are my top 7 lip balms and treatments and the ones I love to use myself. If you suffer with dry or cracked lips then it’s essential to make sure you have a good lip balm on hand and use it regularly. But as you can see from the ones featured here, lip products do so much more than just nourishing lips now – you can get products to fill and plump at the same time, and products to add colour so you don’t need lipstick. Lip Balms have upped their game and as far as I’m concerned, they’re both a skincare and make up staple now. I’m fully converted.
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