Which is why certified organic lip balms are a good idea. They pass the USDA's rigorous standards, and only contain natural ingredients you'll probably have heard of before. They work just as well as regular balms and glosses, and the organic certification doesn't necessarily mean they cost more. So the next time you're thinking about picking up a balm at the drugstore, try looking for the USDA Organic seal, and check out the widget below to see some brands you can be looking for.
- Chad Hayduk of Three Custom Color Specialists says to avoid matte or long-wearing lip color. "They have fewer moisturizing ingredients and can dry the lips," he says. "Instead, choose a lip gloss or moisturizing sheer lipstick." He recommends Simply Beautiful Sheer Lipstick ($21.50).
- Check the ingredients on your lip balm. Menthol, camphor, and salicylic acid are in many lip-healing treatments, but they dry lips out further.
- If you don't have a good balm, use your under-eye cream on your lips, let it set, and then put the lipstick over that. Your lipstick will go on smoother and your lips will look fuller.
- Skip the lip liner; it may keep your color in place, but it's also incredibly drying.
- Use a moisturizing lipstick primer, like Pop Beauty Lip Magnet Primer ($15). Primers fill in fine lines, protect lips, smooth things out, and keep your color on longer.
Delivered in recyclable packaging, the paraben- and phthalate-free products incorporate organic ingredients such as apple juice, sunflower seed oil, jojoba, and essential oils. And bunny lovers will be glad to know that whether during the development process or in the finished state, the products are not tested on animals. An organic-based body care line at a decent price? How Swede it is.
If you're from the southern states, you might call it Coke, as part of an all-inclusive nod to carbonated beverages. If you're a Midwesterner, pop might be your poison. For you Northeasterners, tonic is wicked good, and there are plenty of people across the states that say cola or soda when describing this sweet effervescent drink. Ever since I was a wee one, I've been wearing Dr. Pepper Lip Smackers, and that's the inspiration behind this post on pop-related beauty products. So drink up, and enjoy these sweet treats — in beauty form.
That aside, when all was said and done, the Blistex did indeed provide relief to my chaffed, sore lips. This treatment has somewhat of a medicinal, minty smell, but not in a completely overpowering kind of way. Its creamy texture does indeed take longer to blend into the skin than, say, a ChapStik or Vaseline-based ointment-type formula. Often, I was left with obvious whitish marks where the product had been applied, but after a minute or two, the white marks vanished, and all was good with the world again. Speaking of all that's good, what I like most about this lip product is that it doesn't have a strange aftertaste, and it's not greasy. In fact, I consider it more of a conditioner than anything else — a conditioner with medicinal properties. As for the cracked corners of my lips, after a few days, the problem was. . .salved. Sorry.
After purchasing some Blistex to relieve my symptoms, I noticed that I seemed to be applying the balm with greater and greater frequency. Is there some kind of phenomenon that makes applying lip treatments somewhat of an obsessive action? Perhaps it's the menthol (which turns out, is actually quite drying) or pepperminty addition that gives us a little rush, or maybe it's simply our subconscious way of keeping a wound in check. Find out some tips on preventing dry, chapped lips here, and then tell me: are you obsessive about your lip balm applications?
Are you constantly reapplying your lip balm, because no matter how much you put on, your lips just dry out again five minutes later? It could be that you're experiencing a lip balm ingredient to avoid. Many lip balms have ingredients that actually dry your lips out or have other negative properties. To find out whether your favorite gloss has a deal-breaker additive, just read more
I have a hard time going into Walgreens without picking up some sort of lip thing or other, and my initial purchase of Palmer's lip butter ($2) was no exception. I've always loved Palmer's cocoa butter — my dear mama swears by the stuff, and even sometimes sends me care packages with sticks of it — but I've only used it as a hair and elbow/knee moisturizer.
I assumed anything made with cocoa butter would be creamy and need a little heat to deliquesce, so I was pleasantly surprised by the lip butter's moist, gel texture (I think the result of added vitamin E). It's clear and not sticky, but gives you a little more shine than a Blistex or Lip Smacker, the dark chocolate peppermint flavor isn't at all artificial, and I didn't need to reapply all the time, which is a boon when you're trying not to look like a crazy lip balm obsessive. If you want a traditional gloss shine, this isn't the product for you, but at $2 it's a total steal, and it's made in the US, so you can feel good about its origins, too. My overall verdict: Yum!