London is in the midst of its first wintery cold snap. It’s utterly delicious, isn’t it? So ripe for wearing woollens and (double) bobble hats. The only downside is chapped lips and cracked hands. I used to suffer terribly from both prior to acquainting myself with these uber moisturisers. Never one to keep things to myself…
To protect lips that are being attacked by cold and wind you need a nourishing but also emollient balm to restore and reinforce the barrier function. Five I turn to time and again:
– By Terry’s Baume de Rose / Well worth the extravagant price, this lip balm provides a subtle sheen and thin, rosy film to protect lips. While sitting pretty, the blend of 48 actives deeply nourish lips. Any left on your fingers after applying? Rub it into your cuticles to keep nails from cracking over winter.
– Dr. Organic Rose & Vanilla Lip Balm Serum. When lips are parched, a little layer of this under one of the above thicker balms would work a treat – as with skin, lips benefit from the layering moisture.
– Korres Jasmine Lip Butter. A balm with a shea butter and rice wax base, the pale, shiny finish of this one makes application without a mirror a doodle. I always have a pot of this on me if I’m going on a long day out – it keeps my lips very soft while being a low maintenance way of wearing a touch of colour.
– Murad Soothing Skin & Lip Care. Another that doubles up as a lip and skin balm, this also contains BHAs to gently eat dead skin up while infusing with vitamin E. If you tend to suffer from flaky lips or cuticles, this is the one for you.
– Nuxe Reve de Miel. I was delighted that this cult lip balm lived up to its hype. While a little more grainy and less luxe than the By Terry balm, it’s extremely nourishing and works a treat on extremely sore, dry lips thanks to the honey and plant oils within.
I am, and always shall, be faithful to Jurlique’s Hand Cream (preferably in rose or lavender, though I quite frankly have no objections to their other varieties – Jurlique do not make bad moisturisers). My roving eyes/hands sometimes are drawn to Balance Me’s Rose Otto or Super Moisturising offerings (buttery, thick creams almost on par with Jurlique). When I want something a little lighter, I pop on Dr. Organic’s Rose Otto Hand Cream, which has the added bonus of being rather thrifty.