As the winter approaches, make sure you’re taking care of your pout
If, like me, you’re prone to dry, cracked and flaky lips, then this is for you. A good lip balm is key to soothing them and returning them to their naturally smooth and soft state.
You need to be careful when picking a lip balm however, as there are some commonly used ingredients that will actually do more harm than good, so you want to avoid these at all costs.
Petroleum is at the top of the nasties list as it provides a protective layer to your lips, which may sound good, but it actually suffocates the skin underneath instead of moisturising it. You also want to avoid things like parabens, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances.
In light of this, we decided to compile a list of the five best natural lip balms so you don’t have to waste time checking all of the ingredients when you go out to buy one. You’re welcome!
1. John Masters Organics Lip Calm
Made with 10 certified-organic ingredients, this lip balm will protect, soothe and invigorate chapped lips. Featuring lemon, lime and tangerine oils, the flavour is sweet and light and the scent is delightfully refreshing. £6, johnmasters.co.uk
2. Dr Hauschka’s Lip Balm
This rich, intensive balm promotes skin renewal as it moisturises and protects. The silk and anthyllis strengthen delicate lip tissue to give your pout a velvety feel and the calendula and St. John’s wort extracts will help to repair damage. £10.25, dr.hauschka.com
3. Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips
This award-winning balm isn’t just for lips (or nipples), but softens, nourishes and treats all types of dry, sore, cracked, sensitive or itchy skin anywhere on the body. It also lasts for up to eight hours, accelerates the repair of the skin and reduces skin roughness by 50 percent in two hours. Made from one ingredient – pure medical grade lanolin – you know exactly what you’re getting. £12, drlipp.com
4. L’Occitane En Provence Natural Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm
Rated Best Lip Balm in the Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible Awards 2014, this is a must-have for the winter months. Formulated with shea butter, this balm will nourish, repair and protect dry lips, leaving them soft and supple. £7.50, uk.loccitane.com
5. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
The original Burt’s Bees lip balm is loaded with coconut and sunflower oils and rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids to condition your pout. The beeswax seals in hydration and they’ve added peppermint oil for a refreshing tingle. £3.99, burtsbees.co.uk
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