A good lip balm is a core essential in any beauty arsenal – but finding tubs and tubes that will actually soothe your sore, chapped lips isn’t always as easy as it should be. From ingredient lists as long as your arm to deceptively pretty packaging that distracts from disappointing product inside, finding lip balms that work can take a lot of time and effort.
The good news? We’ve already done that bit for you.
Here are five lip balms that cost less than £10 and actually deliver results, from healing the damage that’s already been done to providing protection from future harsh sun or bitter cold. Keep your favourite in your pocket, your bag or your desk drawer, and you’ll never be caught without a moisture fix again.
Blistex Medplus for Lips
Blistex’s affordable pot has 99% positive reviews on Amazon, with many dubbing it ‘the best there is’. It contains moisturising cocoa butter and jojoba oil, plus menthol for a cooling effect. ‘If you suffer from dry lips, this is the only product for you,’ said one satisfied customer. ‘I’ve been using it for years now and it beats the cheaper versions out there by a mile.’
Blistex Medplus for Lips, £5.51, Amazon
Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lip Balm
The secret to Eucerin’s success comes in part from licorice extract, which works quickly to reduce soreness on lips that are already peeling or cracked. There’s no perfume, making it great for sensitive skin, and the applicator is handy for grabbing on the go. Use sparingly during the day, and then load it on for a more intense treatment before bed.
Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lip Balm, £6, Boots
Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Balm Beeswax
Beauty buffs have been raving about Burt’s Bee’s all-natural balms for years, and with good reason – its Vitamin E-infused beeswax formula makes it the perfect everyday stick. The original (very effective) formula aside, we’d suggest investing in a tinted version, which adds colour without stickiness, and one of their somewhat nostalgic flavours, such as Wild Cherry or Pink Grapefruit.
Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Balm Beeswax, £3.99, Holland and Barrett
Lanolips Banana Balm
Yes, it really does contain banana – as evidenced by both the subtle scent, and the pale yellow shade of the balm itself. Lanolip’s uber-hydrating products all contain lanolin, which is known for its moisturising properties, and aids smoothness and softness with just one swipe.
Lanolips Banana Balm, £8.99, Feelunique
Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment
Paw paw remedies are a staple in Australia, and in recent years they’ve been making their way to UK shores as well. Lucas’ adds papaya to a base of petroleum jelly and wax, making for a product that is thick without feeling greasy, and leaves lips looking healthy and nourished.
Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment, £6.35, Amazon