Does Lip Balm Actually Work? SL Weighs In

Does Lip Balm Actually Work? SL Weighs In

Central heating and cold weather wreak havoc on our lips yet somehow it can be hard to find a lip balm that gets results. Here, we break down the ingredients to avoid, the simple hacks to try and the three lip conditioners that really work.

If you're one of those people whose balms aren’t soothing their dry lips properly, then you might be interested to know there is a reason behind it. According to experts, our love and habitual use of certain lip balms can actually make things worse, leading to a never-ending cycle of skin that’s dependant on moisture to stay supple. The solution isn’t to sack off lip treatments altogether - instead, it’s about using them at a minimum and being savvy with the ingredients you choose. Don’t just rely on balms either – there’s a few other tricks and tips to try before you give up on soft, smooth lips completely…

Drying/irritant ingredients to avoid:

  • Fragrances
  • Artificial colours
  • Menthol
  • Alcohol
  • Salicylic acid
  • Vitamin E

Nourishing ingredients to look out for:

  • Shea Butter
  • Beeswax
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Cocoa Butter

Try an exfoliator: Physical lip exfoliation often yields better results than any balm. Look for one that contains sugar granules as these will help to slough off flakes, creating a smooth surface for lipstick. SL loves MAC’s Lip Scrubtious, a cult favourite backstage at shows too. For the cheapest option though, try using a dry toothbrush to buff away roughness in a gentle, circular motion.

Invest in a humidifier: If you’re really serious about your lip game, this little gadget could come in handy, especially at night. This is because experts claim many of us sleep with our mouths open (so glam), which in turn dries our lips out, but having a humidifier will work to make the air a little healthier.

Don’t forget your lip line: The outer edges of the lips often get quite chapped, so it’s important not to bypass applying product to this part. Try dabbing a small amount around the whole outer edge of your lips – you’ll notice a big difference.

3 Lip Products To Try Now:

Hyaluroil Lip Treatment, £28 | Twelve Beauty
Hyaluroil Lip Treatment, £28 | Twelve Beauty

£££: Twelve Beauty Hyaluroil Lip Treatment

Loved by: SL’s Managing Editor, Astrid Carter, who claims this is the only lip balm that’s ever worked its magic for her.

How does it work: Its rollerball oil delivers a juicy hit of hydration with hyaluronic acid and argan oil, leaving lips flake-free for days.

Reve de Miel Lip Balm, £10 | Nuxe
Reve de Miel Lip Balm, £10 | Nuxe

££: Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

Loved by: SL’s Health & Beauty Editor, Rebecca Hull for its creamy consistency that restores lips to their softer selves in seconds.

How does it work: From one of France’s most-loved brands comes this dinky pot that packs a nourishing punch with honey and shea butter. Feels best when left on overnight as an intensive treatment.

Beeswax Lip Balm, £3.99 | Burt's Bees
Beeswax Lip Balm, £3.99 | Burt's Bees

£: Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, £3.99

Loved by: Just about everyone, with consistent 5* reviews online

How does it work: Coconut, beeswax and sunflower oil work together to make light work of flaky, dry patches while boosting the lips with much-need hydration. Its non-sticky finish is a real bonus too, as is its soothing results that last longer than a day. 

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