LOOK into any beauty bag, and if there's one beauty product you're guaranteed to find – we'll bet it's lip balm.
Dry and chapped lips are a beauty grievance most of us could do without, so having a deliciously moisturising lip balm on hand to soothe and hydrate is a must.
No matter the season, the weather can play havoc on the skin on our lips, drying it out and causing flakiness, sunburn and all manner of discomfort.
In terms of hero ingredients, castor oil and hemp seed oil are recommended by dermatologists to help nourish chapped lips, as well as honey, lanolin wax, shea butter, vitamin E and hydrating hyaluronic.
You may want to keep it simple with a fragrance-free lip balm if your lips are truly in need of some TLC, as there'll be less chance of irritating your lips further. Having said that, scented lip balms can feel like a luxurious treat when topping up the moisture levels.
There are also SPF lip balms ideal for protecting your lips in the sun, plumping formulas to boost volume, and tinted balms that combine the benefits of lipbalm with a pop of sheer colour. Check out our favourites below.
1. We tried: La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Lips
- La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Lips, now £5.25 – buy here
French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay is recommended by dermatologists worldwide and specialises in gentle formulas with skin concerns in mind, so we were looking forward to putting the Cicaplast lip balm to the test.
The 100% hypoallergenic formula contains no parabens and is non-perfumed and non-comedogenic. Made with selected ingredients including thermal spring water, we were really impressed by how deeply moisturising this formala is – which should come as no surprise as it's made with extreme dryness and damaged skin in mind.
Retailing usually at £7, we think this quality product is true value for money.
2. Best multipack: Burt's Bees Best Of Burt's Lip Balm 4-Pack
- Best Of Burt's Lip Balm 4-Pack, £11.99 from Burt's Bees – buy here
Burt's Bees is a go-to for lip balm: they've been making gorgeous products of natural origin for over three decades and it doesn't get much more iconic than their classic lip balms.
For the bargain price of £11.99, you can try four favourite flavours with this multipack which contains the brand's original Beeswax as well as Strawberry, Coconut & Pear and Vanilla Bean.
Infused with natural butters and oils, each balm is 100% natural, with no no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS. A must if you love natural skincare.
3. We tried: Glossier Balm Dotcom in Mango
- Balm Dotcom, £10 from Glossier – buy here
Cult beauty brand Glossier has proved once again why it's so coveted with its favourite, 'do-everything lip balm', Balm Dotcom.
Formulated with castor oil, beeswax and lanolin, the hardest part about this super-hydrating balm will be choosing which flavour to go for. As well as Original, which doubles as a skin salve, there are seven other formulas including four tints.
We opted for Mango, which has a subtle peachy rose tint and deliciously tropical fragrance. Yes, you'll smell like holiday and sweets – but since when has that been a bad thing?
At £10 for a 15 ml tube, it may feel slightly pricy but ours lasted for a good couple of months, and we didn't hold back on application.
We didn't find the tint to be overly noticeable but we loved the scent, the fact that this liquid lip balm doesn't fall into 'sticky' territory and that our lips definitely felt moisturised hours after use. Our only bugbear was that the applicator tip is slightly scratchy, so it's best applied onto your finger first, rather than straight from the bottle.
4. We tried: NARS Afterglow Lip Balm
- NARS Afterglow Lip Balm, £23 from Cult Beauty – buy here
We love us some NARS products – and after trying the brand's Afterglow lip balm in several shades, we're full-on converts of this high-shine moisturising colour.
True to its promise, the balm delivers a sheer wash of colour that feels super-moisturising. We loved the sheen and noticed that our lips felt soothed while we were wearing it, as opposed to the drying effect that traditional lipsticks can have.
Featuring Monoï Hydrating Complex and infused with a blend of antioxidant ingredients for smooth and protected lips, the balm comes in eight shades. If you're looking for richer colour, we'd recommend one of the deeper hues like Wicked Ways or Turbo, which will come out a little more vivid than the paler options.
5. Best lip balm with SPF: Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30
- Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30, £19.75 from Kiehl's – buy here
Heatwaves call for extra protection in the lip department – especially if you're headed to the beach or park and plan to sit in the sun for hours. Take it from us: cracked, burnt lips aren't pretty.
Kiehl's offers up an SPF 30 here for all skin types including sensitive skin – and it's formulated with coconut oil and lemon butter for an ultra-nourishing 23 hours of hydration.
As well as the clear formula, you can also opt for a tint courtesy of four other shades.
6. Best luxury lip balm: La Mer The Lip Balm
- La Mer The Lip Balm, £55 from Cult Beauty – buy here
At £55 a pop, La Mer's bestselling lip balm may not come cheap – but it does come with the reputation of a prestigious skincare brand.
Containing La Mer's 'Miracle Broth' which includes hand-harvested sea kelp and other nutrients and minerals, the paraben, phthalates and sulfate-free formula restores and conditions the lips with just a small amount applied.
The velvety balm is also formulated with a hint of mint for a refreshing and soothing effect on the skin. Bliss!
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