Now that spring is in full swing, the days are getting sunnier – which may be a good thing for our closets (time to bring out the flirty florals!), but not necessarily great news for our lips. After all, too much sun exposure can dry out lips and give them a dull, cracked appearance instead of the kissable look everyone tries to achieve. Since lip gloss and sun don’t mix, another alternative for when you want to play up your lips is to swipe on some sheer balm – you’ll instantly feel more fresh and put together! And since so many balms are tinted nowadays, your lips will get a pretty wash of color without the heaviness of a lipstick. I love lip balms because they’re so easy to swipe on and go!
On the bright side, there are now hundreds of lip balms out there, all promising to “moisturize”, “silkify”, “tint” and even “plump”. On the down side, not all of them will actually do what they promise. In the end, how do you know which balms you should trust? When it comes to buying lip balm, here’s what you should look for:
- Menthol, camphor and phenol: These three ingredients will give your lips a nice cooling sensation, but be warned – in the end, all they will do in the end is dry them out! It’s a vicious cycle you definitely want to avoid.
- Artificial fragrances: We all want our lips to smell yummy, but a lot of artificial fragrances in balms can suck the moisture right out of your lips. Try a balm that contains natural oils instead, like the pretty-smelling Rosebud Salve.
- Salicylic acid: This is a great ingredient to look for when treating acne-prone skin, but when applied to your lips it will dry them out and make them peel – not a pretty combination!
- Beeswax, cocoa butter and lanoline: All of these ingredients will give your lips a big dose of moisture, without any drying after-effects
- Sunscreen: If a balm doesn’t have sunscreen, then all the moisturizing ingredients in the world won’t protect you from the sun’s drying rays. Of course, if you have different balms for separate occasions (i.e. a darker tinted balm you like to wear just at night), then they may not all have to include sunscreen. Just make sure that at least one does!
- Coconut oil, jojoba oil and hemp oil: All of these ingredients don’t just treat your lips temporarily, but they actually allow your lips to absorb the oil and effectively treat dryness beneath the surface.
I love Lucas Papaw Ointment as a cure-all solution for dry lips and sunburns, but Burt’s Bees, EOS and The Body Shop’s Born Lippy balm are all great options too. If all else fails, you can never go wrong with making your own lip balm!
What are your favorite lip balms? Sound off in the comments!
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