Lip Balms to Protect Your Lips This Season (or any!)

With the winter months fast approaching, it is an important time of the year for most of the United States and other areas that get the frigid and harsh weather to consider protecting their lips from the conditions.  

Reviews.com recently completed a review of the BEST lip balms for consumers to use.

177 lip balms tested, 3 top picks.

 
 Photo Credit: Reviews.com

Photo Credit: Reviews.com

 

Now how did they do that, you may ask? What types of things make one lip balm better than other? Aren’t they all made the same? 

I am here to address those questions as well as others, with a little help from Reviews.com (and other outside sources).  

Now, I live in Arizona so the weather is harsh on both ends of the spectrum. But I used to live in Chicago, so I know winter. Winter is mean and dries your entire life out in ways I can't even begin to type...

Some of the most common factors that ruin your lips: exposure to saliva, water, sun, wind, and cold. So life. Basically, life. 

How Do Lip Balms Work?

When you apply a lip balm, it applies a protective layer of wax or petrolatum, to create a barrier from all that life that keeps happening to your lips and ruining everything. The purpose of that layer is not to moisturize but to protect your skin moisture from escaping.

Reviews.com went through "Best of" lists and compiled a collection of lip balms to try, sorted out any with less than desirable ingredients and allergens, found those with max moisturizing power, narrowed down the list based on a number of ingredients and then the testing began.


The Top 3

Badger’s Classic Unscented Lip Balm

This lip balm is has a light texture and comes in unique flavors if you want it. All naturally made by adding steam-distilled essential oils and no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. 

Things to Note:

  • Soothing relief for dry skin
  • Organic extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, and rosemary moisturize and protect lips.
  • Light texture, smooth glide and a hint of shine.
  • Antioxidant-rich and no added fragrance or flavor.
  • Never any petroleum, artificial colors, or sweeteners

John Masters Organics Lip Calm

Lip Calm is formulated super moisturizing ingredients olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and shea butter and other beneficial extracts and oils. 

Things to Note: 

  • Ingredients include: Jojoba, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Antioxidants, Olive Oil
  • Certified Cruelty-Free
  • Natural

Vanicream Lip Protectant

Pharmaceutical Specialties Vanicream Lip Protectant/Sunscreen says it "filters UV and UVB sun rays while hydrating your pout with a water-resistant formula." It's gluten- and fragrance-free and protects your skin from sun damage! Perfect for dry and extreme weather conditions.

Things to Note:

  • Broad Spectrum SPF30
  • Water Resistant (80 Minutes)
  • Dermatologist Recommended
  • Creamy Texture
  • Free of dyes, flavoring, fragrance, masking fragrance, lanolin, parabens, formaldehyde & other preservatives. Special angled tip.

If you want to learn more about these products and the others that were tested, check out The Best Lip Balm - To Moisturize and Protect over on the Review.com website. 


References:

 

The Best Lip Balm - To moisturize and protect by Review.com, https://www.reviews.com/lip-balm/ 

Does Chapstick Actually Work or Is It Just Addictive? - Spoon University, https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/chapstick-actually-work-just-addictive

Dermastore.com - https://www.dermstore.com/product_Vanicream+Lip+Protectant+and+Sunscreen+SPF+30_62381.htm