With silky serums and luxurious facial oils to play with, our lips tend to be the first thing that get forgotten when it comes to skincare. But given its ultra-delicate structure, the skin on our lips (and around our eyes) is also the first area to dry out as soon as the heat hits.
But, with options to tint, prime, scent, and even protect, there's no reason for lip balm to get left behind. Another reason for its resurrection? Subtly shiny lips are the epitome of summer. Less sticky than a gloss but more hydrating than a lipstick, they're the ideal solution. Add a pretty tint and you're sorted for makeup, too.
According to leading aesthetic doctor Dr Esho, lips are the second most important facial feature. “First people notice the eyes, then it’s straight to the lips,” he says. “That’s why it’s not only important to take care of your lips, but also feel confident about them.”
So, whether you’ve reached the final twist of your favourite lip balm, you’re looking for a formula that puts chapped lips to bed or you're looking for a more nourishing summer-ready solution, it’s time to treat those lips.
Crusty lip tip: Hot air drying your lips out? Give them a quick scrub before layering your favourite balm on top. Just a light back and forth with a toothbrush will do, to clear the pathway for hydration penetration.
Here are our favourite balmy finds for 2019.