Every girl has at least one chapstick in her vanity. More than a beauty product, it is a necessity and so needs no introduction. So much so that an average woman uses lip balm anywhere from 2 to 30 times a day! Lip balm has come a long way from good old Vaseline. Here are 6 other cousins of the chapstick that a girl must own.
The Basic : Balm
These are often richer than your regular chapsticks and can be used when you need more than just a single swipe of balm on your lips to prevent moisture loss.
The Healer : Salve or Butter
These are the richest of the lot and contain high amounts of rich oils, waxes and extracts that help not just prevent moisture loss, but repair the skin to lock in moisture and soothe the skin. When regular chapstick just isn’t enough, slather this really thick before bed and wake up with soft lips that are no longer cracked.
The Painter : Tinted Balm
If you want some colour on your lips that look natural and not highly pigmented, these are a good buy. You don’t even need a mirror. You get a natural flush of tint on your lips. You can mask the uneven tone of your lips to some extent too. These are perfect! 🙂
The Eraser : Oil
We can always mask the pigmentation on our lips with lipsticks and tinted balms, but deep inside we all want even toned lips. Instead of opting for harsh chemicals, use oils like Kumkumadi oil & Almond oil, both of which are amazing at reducing pigmentation. Apply a thin film and leave it overnight. It will take atleast 4 weeks before the results show, so you have to be consistent and patient.
The Umbrella : SPF Balm
Though most lip balms now have SPF 15, that would require a large amount to be applied and also frequent reapplication if you are going to be out in the sun for extended hours. In such scenarios, it is best to opt for balms with SPF of 30 or higher. They are not just lip balms with ‘additional’ sun protection, but are created solely with sun protection in mind.
The Exfoliator : Lip Scrub
This is the go to product for smooth surfaced lips that everyone desires. You can flaunt it as it is, or create that perfect smooth base for your lip makeup post exfoliation. There are a range of lip scrubs available, from mild exfoliating ones to heavy duty chapped skin removers(sandpaper??? :P). Pick what’s best for you and exfoliate as and when you feel the need to, but do exfoliate at least once per week.
Do you have anything to add to the list of lip care product must-haves?
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