Lips are a wonderful feature to highlight. Lipliners, lip stains, lip oils, lip glosses, and lipsticks–in liquid, sheer/satin, gloss, frosted, cream, and matte formulas–help draw attention to this area of a face. Sometimes, however, lips will get dry and chapped and the last thing we want to do is draw attention to them!
Cold weather is a major culprit for this condition. Your lips naturally produce an oil that keeps them moist. During the wintertime, this thin layer is easily licked off. In combination with the cold, windy weather, this often leads to dry, chapped lips. Does this mean that we should skip all of the fun outdoor activities when the weather starts to dip? Nope–just put on some lip balm and live a little!
A good lip balm can help seal up any cracks on chapped lips and prevent infection, as well as further irritation. There are also many lip balms formulated with SPF to protect against sun damage which is just as important during the fall/winter seasons as it is during the spring/summer. Sun damage occurs year round.
I have included some of my favorite lip balms below. Some have SPF and some do not. I recommend keeping a lip balm with SPF in your purse or travel bag for when you are going outdoors.
EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip balms are flavored and packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter, and jojoba oil. These natural lip balms are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and paraben and petrolatum free .
These will sit perfectly on a desk but are a bit bulky to carry outdoors.
ELF Lip products are a combination sugar scrub and lip balm. The one side gently exfoliates lips to remove dry, chapped skin. The other side has no “sugar” and is a pure balm. Both sides are infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils to nourish and protect. This does not contain SPF.
This balm by Sol de Janeiro is a recent favorite. This is a lip butter infused with nourishing Cupuaçu, Açaí and Coconut Oil. It does not have a taste and smells heavenly.
This does not have an SPF factor and is in a larger tube than normal. (It would take a larger amount of space in a purse.) I have been keeping it on my computer desk and I have already re-ordered it.
This has an added benefit. I do not feel the need to reapply it as often as some of the others.
Revlon Kiss Balm is a hydrating formula infused with natural fruit oils, in sheer juicy color. It does have a SPF 20 protection and is available in 6 fresh fruit flavors. I like the coconut because it is clear.
This is the one I always have in my purse so that I can apply it when I am out and about or traveling.
Finally, Vaseline Lip therapy is a rose-colored lip balm product with a light rose scent. The product contains pure petroleum jelly, so be aware if this is a concern. Petroleum jelly is not typically an irritating product but some consumers may have a reaction.
The company explains that it protect syour lips from the elements and help your skin to naturally hydrate itself from the inside out. Vaseline is something that my Grandmother used for years and swore by as one of her beauty secrets. This is actually a nice size to use when traveling. (The container is smaller than the EOS egg container.)
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased all of the products myself.
I actually have several more lip balms to discuss, so I will be continuing this list next week. Stay tuned for more!
Obsessed with lip balms? Let me know your favorites in the comments below!
Take a peek at Starter Zone, the first book of my new YA/LitRPG series, The Revelation Chronicles.
When hydrologists inscribe the consciousness of a human mind onto a single drop of water, a Revelation sweeps the land. The wealthy race to upload their minds into self-contained virtual realities nicknamed Aquariums. In these containers people achieve every hope, dream, and desire. But governments wage war for control of the technology. Terrorist attacks cause massive destruction. The Aquariums fail. Inscribed human minds leech into the water cycle, wreaking havoc.
Street gangs rule the cities in the three years since the fall of civilization. Sixteen-year-old Cami and her younger sister Alby struggle to survive. Every drop of untreated water puts their lives in peril. Caught and imprisoned by soldiers who plan to sell them into slavery, Cami will do anything to escape and rescue her sister. Even if it means leaving the real word for a life in the realms, a new game-like reality created by the hydrologists for the chosen few.
But life in the realms isn’t as simple as it seems. Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as the sisters navigate their new surroundings. And they encounter more dangerous enemies than any they faced in the real world.
Time to play the game.