I thought I'd tell you about my favourite lip balms, because this time of year my lips can go from normal lips to this in about half a day:
The last time it happened was around Halloween when I was sick - it's just like all the moisture is sucked out, leaving me with dry, sore, peeling lips.
I have five favourite lip balms that I use in rotation, so I thought I'd show you.
The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Solid Oil Lips
Released last year as part of The Body Shop's Wild Argan Oil collection, this is a solid lip product that turns to oil when you apply it to your lips. It contains Argan Oil sourced from a Fair Trade co-op, and it smells and feels lovely on the lips. It doesn't contain any harsh chemicals, and it doesn't have the greasy feel that petroleum jelly has. This won't do anything to repair cracked, sore lips - but it's fantastic for everyday use to keep your lips in good nick. I bought this from the Body Shop UK website last year (the one and only time I've ever managed to get it to work with Parcel Motel), the price in euro is €6.50 and you can still pick it up in any branch of the shop here.
Bioderma Atoderm Lip Balm
This was sent to me as a PR gift at the end of Summer. I began using it almost straight away and I really, really like it. One of my favourite things about it is the shape of the balm in the stick - it has a slanted edge so it's much easier to get the product on evenly. It's a great one for your handbag, it doesn't have an offensive smell or taste and isn't sticky or waxy. It contains Shea Butter, Vitamin E, and Antileukine 6 which soothes and protects the lips. You can get it anywhere that stocks Bioderma, I know it's €3.50 from Cara Pharmacy.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Ignore the pink packaging, mine was a limited editon - but the formula is the same as the one you can pick up in the shops now or online. I've had this pot for about a year, and I'm only starting to come to the end of it - it's a thick balm with the texture of smooth peanut butter. I tend to lash on a good layer of this at night, or sometimes during the day if I feel like I need something more nourishing. It's not greasy, it doesn't leave a glossy finish, and it's not fragranced. It contains Honey, Shea Butter and Grapefruit Essence. It's also available in stick form, but I haven't tried it. You can pick it up at Cloud 10 Beauty for €11.75.
Vichy Aqualia Thermal Soothing & Repairing Balm
I've called this my Holy Grail Lip Repair product in the past, I wrote a whole post about it here. I've repurchased this too many times to count - I always have at least two on the go. It's something I couldn't be without at this stage, when my lips are really sore it's the one that does the best job at soothing and repairing. Within a few days my lips go from dry and cracked to moisturised and pain-free - I genuinely think it's one of the best products of its type on the market and would have no hesitation in telling you to buy it. It contains Shea Butter, Vitamin E, and Glycerin and is available at any Vichy stand for around €4.
BITE Agave Lip Mask
I first heard about this back in January when Karen reviewed it, and it went straight on my American wishlist. When I placed my Sephora order back in August, it was the second thing that went into my basket. It comes in a tube, and it's solid - seriously, you won't be able to push this out of the tube without serious clenching. It needs to be slightly warmed first, I just roll it between the palms of my hands for a minute and it comes out fine. A very tiny bit goes a long way - I use this at night in rotation with the Nuxe, and it just feels gorgeous. It's gluten and petroleum free, and it contains Agave Nectar (thank you Great British Bake Off for teaching me that it's pronounced Aha-vay and not A-gave), Jojoba Oil, and lots of Antioxidants. It just feels like it's doing good things to my lips when I put it on and they always feel lovely and soft in the morning, not at all cats-bum like. It costs $26 from Sephora but it's worth it and it will last aaaaaaaaages.
So - have you tried any of the above? Or maybe you've discovered something even better that I haven't tried yet. Let me know!