The primary purpose of lip balm is to help seal moisture into lips and protect them from external exposure. Wind, cold temperatures and air conditioning all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body; lips are particularly vulnerable because the skin is so thin. However, the active ingredients in some lip balms can actually dry out the lips themselves, making way for a vicious circle whereby we become reliant on the product to stop our pout feeling sore. Ingredients such as alcohol, camphor and phenol dry quickly and cause the moisture in lips to evaporate; salicylic acid is often added to remove dead, dry skin from the surface, but for some sensitive souls it can leave lips dry and peeling. Furthermore, excessive scents or colouring can irritate the delicate top layer of the lips – so those cherry pop flavours may be doing more harm than good. It’s because of all of these factors that I’m such a fan of Burts Bees lip balms; their lightweight formulas include the benefit of 100% natural ingredients and bees wax harvested to seal in moisture. Available in a multitude of flavours and offering a huge array of benefits, these little wonder tubes are well deserving recipients of my ‘product of the week’ accolade.
The soothing formula melts onto lips to leave them coated in a smooth and comfortable non-greasy finish, while the little tubes ensure they’re totally handbag appropriate. Although the original formula contains a little peppermint for a refreshing result, I personally love the Mango Butter, Coconut & Pear and Blueberry & Dark Chocolate – they’re a little bit addictive because of their delicious scents. Although they won’t solve the issue of super chapped and seriously uncomfortable lips (you’re gonna need an expert treatment for that,) they will help to soothe dryness and help to lock in moisture if you’re stepping out into the wind. Thanks to their bright and universal packaging, they’re also completely unisex – my other half goes through at least one a month and isn’t afraid to take a couple into the workshop with him. Other lip balms come and go, but the Burt’s Bees tubes seem to stick around and continually offer a little relief or sweet smelling treat on-the-go. If you haven’t tried these wonder balms, then you’re definitely missing out.
Are you a fan of Burt’s Bees? Will you be checking out some of their new flavours?
The Burt’s Bees lip balms are available from Boots stores nationwide, as well as online, priced £3.69 each.
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