Although we're now in February and positively thinking that winter is nearly over, it seems as though it is still getting colder by the day! I'm currently wearing my thickest winter coat, big cosy scarf and gloves whenever I decide to venture outdoors; add to this the dreary rain and you've got yourself a recipe for awful British, cold weather. Whilst some of you may see this bleak temperature as an opportunity to snuggle up under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate (cream and marshmallows on mine, thanks), I personally can't wait until it starts getting lighter, sunnier and warmer- not least because of the havoc this chilly weather is causing my skin! Not only do I need to reach for the extra nourishing night creams, but my lips get so sore, red and dry with the slightest drop in temperature. If you're anything like me, cold months call for heavy duty lip balms, so here are a few of my favourites.
Beauticology Hot Chocolate Lip Butter
What was that I was saying about hot chocolate? This lip butter is almost just as good but contains fewer calories. Although everything about the application makes this balm seem like a lip gloss, it doesn't come with that horrible stickiness- only a silky, nourishing texture that your lips will adore. This stays on your lips for a good amount of time too due to its relative thickness (some thinner balms disappear from your lips so fast!) and provides your lips with a gorgeous sheen that will make them look fabulously glossy instead of dry and chapped. Whilst the formula is great, what I love most about this is the chocolate scent that is absolutely amazing and surprisingly not at all artificial tasting- yum!
L'Occitane Ultra Rich Lip Balm
I love L'Occitane for anything moisturising and this ultra rich lip balm isn't an exception. With 10% shea butter, L'Occitane have created a handy little stick lip balm that really goes the extra mile on dry lips; if you love their Shea Butter range, this will be a fantastic addition during these colder months. At £7.50 too it isn't too pricey; you don't need a lot as the formula is so rich, but somehow it doesn't feel too thick when it's on your lips. There's a super subtle fragrance that isn't overpowering at all- great if you want something simple that'll do the job well. Shea butter contains Vitamin E as well which is known for its repairing qualities, meaning this is a great balm for lips that a bit sore and chapped!
Blistex Relief Cream
This has to be my all-time favourite and a lip cream that's been used by my family since I can remember. The Blistex Relief Cream is so effective at curing dry lips that I honestly don't know how to big it up enough. You can dispense as little or much as you need; I go for a tiny blob during the day as it is quite thick and you don't need much for it to work wonders anyway, but put quite a thick layer on at night and let it soak in while I sleep. I wake up with my lips feeling as good as new! The refreshing minty scent leaves your lips feeling slightly tingly- something I quite like about it as it doesn't add to the soreness. It's the most nourishing lip cream I own and under £3 at Boots (if you want an extra 10% off any orders be sure to use this Boots discount code- an excuse to stock up!)
EOS Pomegranate and Raspberry Lip Balm
I am yet to find someone who doesn't love EOS lip balms. Not only are they fun, they are also incredibly hard-working lip balms. The unique spherical shape makes them so easy to find at the bottom of your handbag, whilst the range of fruity flavours makes them delicious at the same time. The balm itself is packed with soothing shea butter and jojoba oils to help moisturise lips without feeling too heavy. I think it has the best consistency out of all of these for everyday use; the texture is light enough to not feel 'too much' but packs just enough moisture to keep your lips smooth. You can also get these in Boots and I think I've also seen them being sold in TopShop too. A balm that does the job well and looks great at the same time.
Dr Bronner's Magic Organic Lip Balm
This is the newest addition to my lip balm collection and is such a delight to use that I couldn't leave it out. Although it's a very light formula (I find it wears off relatively faster than the others here so needs more regular reapplication), it leaves my lips feeling so smooth. I have the peppermint fragrance and am in love with how refreshing it feels, but this balm is also available in zingy 'lemon and lime', fragrance-free 'naked' and winter appropriate 'orange and ginger' (which sounds utterly divine!). A dinky little balm that is great for topping up your lip hydration but perhaps not if you want serious heavy duty moisture- look to Blistex if that's you!
Which lip balms are a permanent feature in your bag? Do you use any of the ones featured here?
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