With silky serums and luxurious facial oils to play with, our lips tend to be the first thing that get forgotten when it comes to skincare. But given its ultra-delicate structure, the skin on our lips (and around our eyes) is also the first area to dry out as soon as the wind starts howling and we ramp up the central heating. In fact, heading into winter is when our lips really do need all the TLC they can get.
With options to tint, prime, scent, and even protect, lip balms are getting smarter than ever. Another reason for its resurrection? Subtly sheeny lips are a sign of peak health and a necessary antidote to dried-out skin. Less sticky than a gloss but more hydrating than a lipstick, they're the ideal solution. Add a pretty tint and you're sorted for makeup, too.
According to leading aesthetic doctor Dr Esho, lips are the second most important facial feature. “First people notice the eyes, then it’s straight to the lips,” he says. “That’s why it’s not only important to take care of your lips, but also feel confident about them.”
So, whether you’ve reached the final twist of your favourite lip balm, you’re looking for a formula that puts chapped lips to bed or you're looking for an even more nourishing solution, it’s time to treat those lips.
Crusty lip tip: Cold air drying your lips out? Give them a quick scrub before layering your favourite balm on top. Just a light back and forth with a toothbrush will do, to clear the pathway for hydration penetration.