Compared to its more attention-whorish stepsisters, lipstick and lip-gloss, lip balm is often the under-appreciated, yet hardest-working, member of the lip branch of the beauty family tree. Maintaining proper lip health during the harsh Canadian winter is essential to looking your best throughout this most frigid half of the year as it not only keeps your pucker moisturized but it also primes your pout for colour application. For the gents reading this, don’t click away just yet. No girl is going to want to make out with you under the mistletoe if your lips are looking like Rob Ford (aka red, puffy, and all sorts of cracked out). And for those of you with girlfriends already, lip balm also makes the perfect and practical stocking stuffer, FYI. So, to help make sure your smoocher isn’t looking like a certain unfortunate politician until March, here is our guide on some of the best and funkiest lip care options for the winter.
Nivea – A Kiss of Protection
Given that it lasts for hours and has an SPF of 30, Nivea’s A Kiss of Protection lip balm is the perfect guard not only for here in Toronto but also for wherever you go on holiday, whether it be snow-blind bright Whistler, hot and steamy Havana, or your high school bedroom at your mom’s place.
LUSH – Bubble Gum Lip Scrub
While not a lip balm, the LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub is a great and fun way to prep your lips for either a balm or lipstick (we recommend using all three). A blend of exfoliating fair trade sugar and moisturizing jojoba oil, this Barbie-pink scrub gets your lips über-soft and moisture-locked. The best part? It’s totally edible, sweet and yummy enough to lick off your lips once you’re done.
Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15
While the name pretty much says it all, this little Elizabeth Arden essentially does everything you’d want from a high-end lip balm in the winter. At around $20 or more per stick, it’s got an SPF 15 that protects your lips from the sun while keeping them moist, smooth, and soft for 8 hours or more. It is also pretty much the perfect base for a lipstick so you can’t really go wrong with this one if you can afford it.
Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm
This cult-favourite (read: hipster staple) is a go-to for those “in the know” urbanites that we all wish we were/ were friends with/ pretend to be. Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm calms and heals irritation not only on your lips but can be used elsewhere on your body as well for minor burns and cuts. Also, the tin is adorable and trendy as all hell. #Awesomesauce
DIY Coconut Oil Lip Balm
Apparently the coconut oil trend is spreading to every corner of the beauty world. That said, this DIY coconut oil lip balm uses all-natural ingredients and sounds relatively easy to make (ingredients are pretty much just coconut oil, beeswax pastilles, and shea butter). The benefit of going this route is you know everything that is going into your product and it’s more ethical and it’s better for the environment and… yeah, okay whatever. For some seriously passionate Planeteer puckers, you can even tint the DIY balm red with some beet root powder! For more information, click here.