Man, it’s cold outside, which means your lips could get wrung dry by winter’s low temps and high winds. Dry, cracked lips cause physical discomfort and unsightliness, but we can all rejoice in the knowledge that a compact remedy has been granted us in the form of lip balm. So unless you’d rather become an immobile winter fortress through sheer power of scarf, like poor Randy in A Christmas Story, it’s best to keep calm and carry balm. The variety of brands and flavors, however, is pretty staggering. To help narrow the field, consider this modest list of celebrated salves.
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Finally — effective therapy without the hour-long sessions and regular copays! All it takes is a quick application of Jack Black Intense Therapy and you’ll feel ready to take on the world. This balm is intense in the best possible ways, acting as a shield from damaging UV rays and extreme weather conditions, but keeping those lips smooth, soothed, and moisturized.
Mind Your Own Beeswax
One of the brightest stars in the lip balm galaxy and a mainstay at checkout counters across the country, Burt’s Bees churns out a dizzying array of flavors and styles (the website even allows you to personalize your lip balm so you don’t have to subscribe to a hive mentality). But the Original Beeswax Lip Balm has been a stalwart selection since its creation in 1991. The beeswax conditions skin, the Vitamin E moisturizes and the Peppermint Oil delivers a refreshing tingle (or buzz, if you will).
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Keeping stride with Burt’s bee’s-knees tradition is Grooming Lounge’s own The Balm. 100% Organic formula boasts ingredients such as Beeswax, Sunflower Oil and Coconut Oil to ensure you can feel super-safe about what you’re putting on your mouth. It’s simple, effective and gives off a pleasant peppermint scent that those closest to you will definitely appreciate. Think of it as a hearty homebrew to help you through winter.
Keep it Even-Kiehl
The major aesthetic benefit of balm is a set of lips that won’t distract. A thick shiny balm-spread can cover cracks, but will still draw unwanted stares. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm delivers the dryness-fighting power you need through ingredients like Squalane and Shea Butter, which moisturize lips and defend against dehydration. And perhaps the best part is its clean matte finish, so you won’t look like you’ve just snacked on Vaseline.