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“Lip skin is thinner, more delicate and contains a smaller concentration of oil glands than the rest of your skin,” says aesthetic doctor and brand founder, Dr Barbara Sturm. “Our lips are also constantly exposed to environmental factors including varying temperatures, makeup, UV, pollution and skincare products. This means the skin barrier function of the lips is constantly under siege, leading to inflammatory dryness, irritation and flaking.” In most cases, this can be repaired with a trusty lip balm that will hydrate, nourish and protect. Here are our five of our favourites that will do just that…
For Lips That Shine
New to Charlotte’s skincare collection, this crystal-infused lip oil works wonders for hydrating and nourishing lips thanks to its innovative formula of hyaluronic acid and other potent plant extracts. You’ll love the serum like texture which also gives a welcome shine to the lips too. Perfect for those natural-looking makeup days.
For A Serious Hydration Hit
If you’re looking to really banish dry lips, this one is for you. Enriched with rose flower oil and vitamin E, this hydrating cream helps to soothe and soften in seconds. Use this before bed to relieve unwanted dryness and lock in moisture whilst you sleep. The uplifting fragrances of rose petals is a welcome touch too…
For A Plumper Pout
This buttery balm is packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, peptides and omega 3 to not only condition and protect the lips but to plump and hydrate them too. Lipstick wearers will love this formula as it makes for a perfect base.
For A Multifunctional Balm
A much-loved favourite, there’s a reason this lip balm has such a big following. Formulated with rose flower wax, shea butter and vitamin E, it not only gives an instant moisture boost, it also works to protect against future dryness. What’s more, you can even massage into your cuticles.
For Silky Soft Lips
With a blend plant-based oils, butters and waxes, this restorative balm offers long-term moisture to make lips feel super soft. Expect a lightweight and comfortable formula which also leaves a glowy sheen.