Back to basics – the conditioning lip products that I can’t live without
When I was a pre-teen (about a hundred years ago), I was addicted to cherry flavoured Chapstick. I would apply it more times in a day than was strictly necessary. If I even smell anything cherry scented now, it will instantly transport me back to my school playground days. This addiction moved on, and as a teenager I would apply whatever lip balms I could get my hands on.
Now, if you have ever had a lip balm addiction, then you will be well aware that this is not necessarily a good thing. I haven’t done any specific scientifical research into the phenomenon that is ‘lip balm reliance’, but I am pretty sure that applying moisturising lip products every hour on the hour eventually become counter-productive. In my experience, when I overdid the Chapstick application, my lips could no longer fend for themselves. They too became addicted, and with it they were even more dry and cracked. What the what?!
Soooo, I went cold-turkey. I cut myself off. No more cherry Chapstick for me. *sad face*
As an adult, however, I thought I may be able to trust myself to be sensible in my lip balm usage. And so the search began, to find one that would soothe my – often sensitive – dry lips. I am really quite fussy about lip balms. They can’t be too sticky, dry or smelly. I like them to be moisturising (obviously), and preferably in stick form so that I don’t have to poke (potentially dirty) fingers into a pot. If this were a movie, this would be where there would be a montage of me trying – and disliking – several lip balms. Fascinating stuff. I have settled on a couple of lovely lip saviours since then.
You may notice from my pictures that neither of the products I am talking about today are in stick form. Oh well, you can’t tick every box can you. I have been using the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Cream Protectant for a few months, and it is wonderfully fabulous. Yes, it’s in a pot, but I can – just about – ignore that. It is perfectly moisturising, and doesn’t leave a sticky mess behind. It is glossy, and not so dry that I need to dig my nail in to get anything out. No surprises there, considering the cult status of the Eight Hour products. Elizabeth Arden also offer a similar lip protectant in a stick form, and in tinted form too!! (lip tints and oils are my latest obsession).
For taking away dry bits, I have recently discovered the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub. Ohmygerrsssh. This stuff is amazing. It is a little bit fiddly and messy. It’s really hard to JUST apply it to the lips; it usually ends up on my chin, all over my hands, and sprinkled on whatever surface I am standing near at the time. But it smells and tastes divine. The Lush Lip Scrubs (they also have mint and popcorn flavours) are oil based, so are a little bit moisturising as well as exfoliating. Being Lush, they are also vegan, and non-toxic. Of course, you could very easily concoct a home-made alternative, and in fact when I run out I plan to give that a go (I’ll keep you posted!).
If you too have sensitive lips (mine are the worst) then you will understand the almost claustrophobic feeling that comes with having dry, chapped lips. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it is a real pleasure to have found a couple of lip products that deal with this. All things in moderation though, and I try not to apply lip balm more often than I need to. I wouldn’t want to have to stage an intervention on myself.
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