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Our lips are often overlooked when it comes to our skincare routines.
Most of the time, theyâ€™re welcomingly low-maintenance until it comes to a crisp or windy day when everything quickly unravels.
You might notice that the skin around our eyes and on our lips are the first to dry out in the winter. A mixture of dry heat from our radiators and the fresh sting of plummeting temperatures outside is hardly a nourishing combination.
Enter our lip balm saviours.
Much like the stages in our skincare routines, lip balms offer a range of different benefits depending on what our lips need.
Unlike our other skincare steps, however, when it comes to our lips weâ€™re a lot less likely to experiment.
Many of the top rated products might be described as â€œoldies but goodiesâ€ with a couple of newer releases – takeÂ Glossierâ€™s Balmdotcom – which have quickly gathered a cult following.
These top rated lip balms are refreshingly uncomplicated. They soothe, moisturise and condition all in one. They wonâ€™t require you to have a three-step lip care routine and they last for a really long time.
You wonâ€™t be surprised to learn thatÂ Carmexâ€™s original lip potÂ is still going strong. Many of us will remember this as our very first foray into beauty; an errant Carmex floating in the bottom of our school bags.
Another classic is theÂ Burtâ€™s Bees lip balm tube. Weâ€™ve selected the pomegranate infused option, but it comes in a range of flavours to suit your taste. It tastes so good you could eat it, but really, donâ€™t do that.
Shop our pick of the best, top-rated lip balms
Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm Tube from Look Fantastic | Â£2.99 (RRP: Â£3.99)
Balmdotcom from Glossier | Â£8 (RRP: Â£10)