At this time of year my lips really feel suffer, they get dry, chapped and sometimes even sore but a good lip balm will always banish these irritating lip issues. It’s the one beauty essential I’m never without, I literally have one in my bag, in the car, on my desk and in my bedside table, you get the idea. They’re small enough to have one with you at all times.

Ever tried applying lipstick on cracked lips? It’s not a good look! Even the best, nourishing red lipstick won’t look right if your lips are dry and flaky.

Homemade Lip Scrub

You can improve the look and feel of your lips with a simple homemade sugar scrub treatment (made from brown sugar and some honey) once or twice a week. Simply rub the mixture gently (in circular movements) over your lips to remove any dead skin cells. This will also help your lip balm work twice as hard.

What are you after?

There are so many different lip balm options on the market, it’s hard to know where to start. You can go for a classic plain lip balm or a skincare/ colour hybrid that contains a light pigment to give you a pop of sheer colour – meaning  you can skip the lipstick and top up on your hydrating lip balm throughout the day, without compromising on colour. Also, some lip balms have the added benefit of plumping up your lips for a fuller looking pout.

Extra Beauty Benefits…

A good plain lip balm can be useful for more than just your lips. You can use it to highlight your cheekbones or brow bones, or add a touch of gloss to your eyeshadow.

You can also tame split ends by smoothing a little through the ends of your hair.

If you really want to reap the benefits of this multi-purpose product, make sure you choose a lip balm with a high concentration of hydrating ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid).

Here are some of my personal favourites, having tried and tested many over the years!

1. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (£19)

2. Caudalie Lip Conditioner (£5.50)

3. Pixi Nourishing Lip Polish (£14)

4. Vaseline Rosy Lips (£1.95)

5. Weleda Everon (£4.95)

6. NU Colour Lip Plumping Balm (£24)

7. Paw Paw Nourishing Lip Butter – in Strawberry (£6.95)