Eight lip balms to protect you against the elements
Combat dry, chapped smackers this winter with a product chosen by experts. By Jess Denhamer.
1. Bioderma Atoderm Lip Moisturising Stick: £5.10, Escentual
Bioderma's clinical-looking balm may not scream sexy but, as an all-year round lip conditioner, it's hard to beat. Dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto cites it as her favourite chapstick product for its nourishing and strengthening qualities, and particularly recommends it to anyone with sensitive skin as it is hypoallergenic and paraben-free. Golden seaweed extract, shea butter and avocado oil help to restore the film of very dry lips while the raspberry flavouring is an unexpected bonus.
2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant: £18, Debenhams
This travel-friendly, emollient balm from Elizabeth Arden was the big hit among the dermatologists we spoke to. They raved about its power to heal broken skin and form a protective layer, thanks to ingredients including petrolatum, lanolin and beeswax. Unusually for a balm, it is both packaged and shaped like a lipstick, making it easy to reach the corners of the lips where chapping often occurs.
3. Sisley Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm: £39.60, John Lewis
If your lips are extremely dry it's worth splashing out on this sumptuous balm from classic Parisian brand Sisley. Its luxurious melting butter texture is fabulously moisturising and lasts for hours, with a tiny scoop going a long way. Its efficiency has been dermatologically proven, with tests promising softer lips after a month of use. This fragrance-free balm's natural amber colouring comes from a combination of hazelnut, plum and sunflower oil which helps to hydrate and repair.
4. Dr Bronner's Naked Organic Lip Balm: £2.99, Essentials Pharmacy
This organic balm from family soapmaker Dr Bronner's is sure to be your pocket's new best friend. Made purely from protective beeswax, healthy Vitamin E and moisturising avocado and jojoba oil, it clings to the lips without the need for constant topping up. It is not overly waxy, and glides on with a subtle plant-like taste and also comes in lemon lime and orange ginger flavours.
5. Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lip Balm: £6, Look Fantastic
Those who suffer from eczema, cheilitis and dryness caused by medication will find relief in this heavy duty gel. Dr Anjali recommends it for anyone struggling with painfully cracked lips as its efficiency is clinically proven and its formula tolerable even for the most sensitive skin. Soothing liquorice extract reduces redness and calms stinging.
6. Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm: £3.69, Look Fantastic
This soothing balm is creamier than others in the range, infused with the rich kokum, shea and cocoa butters that dermatologists love. It is petroleum free for the anti-Vaseline brigade and has been scientifically proven to offer four hours of moisturisation with a single application - a promise that delivered during our testing. The super hydrating formula is 100% natural.
7. Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturiser: £10, Space NK
This thickly-textured replenishing lip gel is made of absorbent fatty acids that are harder to lick off than many oils and waxes, offering impressive all-day protection. Its smart packaging and lack of fragrance gives it unisex appeal, as does its finish - spread generously over lip colour for a shine, or use a smaller amount for a matte result. The gel is non-greasy and absorbent, keeping pores safe from clogging.
8. True North Protective Lip Balm: £10, Harvey Nichols
This one's for the skiers. True North's balm is the best defence against the sun's harmful rays with a high SPF of 50 and, packaged like a lipstick, it's a classy product to carry onto the slopes. The balm encourages healthy cell renewal to actually solve the problem of chapped lips. Silky soft, it glides onto the lips - the downside is it leaves behind a creamy white sheen, but this can easily be covered up with lip colour.