While most people associate winter with chapped lips, the heat of the sun can also cause your skin to dry out. Plus, all this switching from hot (well, warm) to cold air-conditioned rooms is playing havoc with our poor dried-out skin - in particular, our now chapped lips which is why we've uncovered the best moisturising lip balms to save your pout.
Most of us don't want to walk around with our skin peeling off, and the skin on your lips shouldn't be any different. First use a great lip scrub like this 1. , or this dreamy honey smelling 2. , and then head over to our gallery of the best lip balms around, to perfect your pout.
We've got a moisturising lip balm (or five) in every single pocket, handbag and clutch we own. And so we've tested out a cross section of the best lip balms in the shops, to help you get the softest, plumpest, most moisturised lips around.
From the trusty Burt’s Bees to Eve Lom's silky and the Aussie favourite, , these will rescue your lips in an instant and keep from any further weather damage.
Here's our list of the very best.
Top tip: ‘Keep a little dish of lip balms by your front door. It’s one of those things you always need as the last minute – and you can invite guests to take one, too’ Annabel Meggeson, beauty director
The sought-after chocolate brand have taken quite the side-step and launched a beauty brand: Rabot 1745. Bringing us a wide range of cacao and cocoa butter based products, that smell, unsurprisingly, good enough to eat!
This delicious smelling almond and chocolate version is my absolute go-to for chapped winter lips currently (also great at soothing the need for that mid-afternoon chocolate fix). With a subtle chocolatey brown colour that glides on the lips seamlessly.
Found in an easy-to-use and satisfyingly earthy wood tub, and a non-sticky, but generously moisturising consistency, you won't be disappointed. Head to your nearest Hotel Chocolat store for your fix (also found online)
Almond and Chocolate lip balm, £7,
feels like you're coating your lips in a soothing layer of bees wax, complete with enticing scent of orange. Perfect for creating a protective barrier against the icy winter air - just try not to lick it all off.
In our desks, in our drawers, in our bags, we have one of these super-covetable lip balms everywhere.
Try this Red office favourite Sweet Mint, for a clean, tingly feeling that also packs a smoothing punch of Vitamin E and C.
The answer to super soft, sheeny lips on the go.
We love the dinky pot of , but we love the extremely healing and calming properties of the honey-rich balm even more. A real handbag staple, it works on dry cuticles and rough patches as well as chapped lips.
When you’ve got lip balms stashed in every drawer, pocket and handbag, it’s hard to justify one more.
But is something special. Stacked with the precious plant ingredients that the brand do so well - hazelnut and jojoba extracts are especially hydrating – it has the texture of a gloss and feels satisfyingly smooth and non-sticky on.
We love using it as part of our morning routine to give lips the softest start. And should you need to top up, the jewel-like tubes fit right into the smallest space. Room for a little one?
is a real a time-tested favourite. Why? It's softly rose-scented, feels instantly smooth and comforting, and delivers the perfect, not-to-glossy sheen to lips.
range of flavours is impressive (not to mention mouthwatering - we particularly love the coconut, Earl Grey tea and vanilla bean ones). Plus the range of all-natural balms is made from the purest vegan, raw and organic waxes - so they're almost good enough to eat.
We’d love Burt’s Bees for the cute tin alone, but the fact its beeswax, coconut and sunflower oils heal even the most raw, chapped lips makes it a total must-have.
is more than just luxurious: we think it’s a miracle worker. It sinks in instantly and soothes even the most wind-dried, chapped and red-raw of lips, comforting and healing splits and cracks better than anything else we’ve tried.
And it creates a protective film over lips, so they stay protected. Yes, it’s extravagant, but it’s the one thing that works all the time, every time.
At this time of year, lip balm application reaches critical mass. While we're not one of those who believes we swallow 6Ib of lip product in a lifetime, better a trickle of coconut oil, perhaps, than a daily infusion of petrolatum. We love to use .
has got to be of our all-time favourite winter skin savours. This Aussie skin balm heals cracked, dry lips, soothes sore cuticles and softens dry elbows and heals brilliantly.
Slick a touch across your eyelids, too, for a pretty nude sheen or use to tame brows and lashes for a natural, glossy finish.