With winter on its way, dried, chapped lips are inevitable. Lip balms are a great way toÂ keep your lips moist and beautiful during the harsh winter months. However, there areÂ many misconceptions about lip balms that should be cleared up before the weather turnsÂ cold.
Here are a few tips when deciding which brands to use, and some pointers for which onesÂ to stay away from. When reaching for your favorite lip balm, first check the ingredients.
Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol
Stay away from lip balms that alcohol. It causes lips to become dry, which will lead toÂ over application without the conditioning results. Isnâ€™t that exactly the opposite of whyÂ youâ€™re applying it?
Surprise! ChapStick brand uses a substantial amount of alcohol. Not the best choice forÂ keeping your lips protected this winter.
The sunâ€™s still shining
Check for SPF. It may seem like Happy Valley is a little gloomier in the winter, but donâ€™tÂ be fooled. The sun might not look as strong, but harmful UV rays are still present. SPFÂ will add an extra layer of protection and lock in moisture. Quite helpful.
Lip balms should be paraben-free. Parabens are man made chemicals that are used asÂ preservatives â€“ you donâ€™t need them. Studies have shown that parabens may be linked toÂ cancer, so keep them away from your lips, please.
The safest choices
If you just threw out your favorite lip balm, have no fear; there are plenty of greatÂ options. Try the all-natural brands: EOS lip balm balls, BabyBear lip balm, Tarte lipÂ products or Burtâ€™s Bees.
If you want to add some color and shine to your lips this winter as well, Burtâ€™s Bees offerÂ tinted lip balms and lip shimmers that will provide the same level of protection as well asÂ fabulous color. Sophomore Kate Sawchuk says that her go-to lip balm is always Burtâ€™sÂ Bees.
â€œI use the tinted kind so I donâ€™t have to use lip sticks, it adds really nice color. I alsoÂ enjoy the tingling feeling from the natural ingredients,â€ she says.
Tarte lip products also offer a line of lip tints and glosses, which provide moisturizingÂ protection as well as shine.
Photo by Fuli Wang