There is nothing worse in Winter, than realizing you can’t keep your skin hydrated with your same-old, same-old, products. Lips, especially in the Winter, need extra special help to heal when they’re chapped from wind, cold, dry heat, and more. Here are three suggestions for exceptional lip products that suit every budget and need, be it for hydrating, healing, and/or beautifying. Which ones are your favorites? Please tell The Advice Sisters in our Comments section!
The Advice Sisters have reviewed SoftLips on a nearly annual basis. There’s just something so great about these slim, swivel-up sticks of lip balm goodness, and every year SoftLips comes out with even more new flavors and formulas. Around the holidays, SoftLips Winter flavors arrive. SoftLips Lip Conditioning Balms Dual Packs $3.99 5 Packs $9.99 are so slim they’ll fit without a bulge in jeans, but they pack a nurturing punch against sunburn and chapping, with moisturizers and SPF 20! The Winter flavor are: SugarPlum Berry; Sugar & Spice; Winter Mint, and Sugar Cookie. Some, like Sugar Plum Berry, are online exclusives, but there are plenty of other, year-round flavors you can easily find in your local drugstore or mass market retailer, as well. All are light and not sweet, and even guys like them because they leave lips moistly-matte (without color) and scents that aren’t just for little kids. You’ll feel a bit of a tingle as the ingredients go to work to smooth lips, and you’ll find them so nice to use, you won’t just stuff them in a pocket and forget about them, you’ll actually want to use them. They’re cheap, but covet-able!
For luxurious, serious lip care, Elizabeth Grant has a Collagen Lip Restore ($18.00 .11 fl. oz) that arrives in an impressive, mini version of her square jars with golden tops (very pretty)! This Collagen Lip Restore helps to redefine the lip line and create softer, smoother younger-looking lips. Like all of Elizabeth Grant’s products, this lip product contains Elizabeth Grant’s exclusive moisturizing, soothing ingredient, Torricelumn™ plus collagen, to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Torricelumn is a natural substance that is extracted from kep fronds and within the pods of kelp. In nature, it is the kelp pods keep the seaweed floating on the ocean’s surface, allowing them to absorb sunlight, photosynthesizing oxygen, the source of life and energy. The seawater absorbed by kelp is similar to human plasma, allowing users to get benefits from sea vitamins and minerals, too. This ingredient has superb healing properties. To pamper lips, Collagen Lip Restore also features high-tech, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres®: for high-intensity, rapid-action skin smoothing and softening . These Hylauronic Filling Spheres help to fill in deep wrinkles. They arrive dehydrated for better penetration ,but they swell up with water in the skin and fill wrinkles very quickly because of the volume increase. They also provide long-lasting hydration thanks to a micro-reservoir effect. Like the SoftLips lip balms, this lip soother is a loose “gel” formula that feels very silky on lips, and leaves them moist, but not shiny. The loose product makes it a little messier to use than a swivel up stick, but the nearly immediate results are worth the extra effort. Visit www.elizabethgrant.com or Shop NBC or The Shopping Channel.
I suggested Ultra Rich Lip Tints by Clarks Botanicals as a holiday stocking stuffer, but I’m suggesting them again here, because these lovely lip tints combine the nurturing ingredients of a lip balm, with natural color, for more hydrated and beautiful lips. They’re $19.00 each and come in a slant-tip tube. One swipe, however, and you can really feel the silky pampering that help even very badly chapped lips, look and feel better. Inside the little tube are packed natural moisturizers like shea butter, aloe leaf extract, jojoba and sweet almond oil. Actives include atelocollagen and calendula flower extract. Lip Tints come in four shades, inspired by friends and celebrities: Madge Mauve (inspired by Madonna), Carlotta Pink (for his friend, Charlotte Clark), Rachel Red (for friend and actress, Rachel Nichols) and Alexandra Rose (for friend Alexandra Reeve Givens), plus Moore Nude (for actress Julianne Moore) and Because I Love You (just because it compliments a woman’s skin tone). I tried “Madge Mauve,” which looked alarmingly dark (like a lip stain) in the tube, but translated into a lovely, natural berried shade, on my lips and made them look good, even though they were chapped. No ordinary lipstick could have covered that! Clarks Botanicals is the brainchild of Francesco Clark and his father, Dr. Harold Clark, a physician trained in both traditional Western medicine and homeopathy. They developed Clarks botanically-based formulas that effectively rebalanced Francesco’s skin (after a crippling spinal cord injury). The Clarks Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tints might cost a bit more than some, but they are wearable color and care that really work well. Get yours on the Clarks Botanicals Web Site: www.clarksbotanicals.com
From the lovely people at Elizabeth Grant come some bonus tips about other ways to use Elizabeth Grant Lip Restore, but really, any clear, matte lip balm will multi-task:
! 1. Massage lip balm into your cuticles for hydrated, healthy looking cuticles & nails.
2. Apply a bit of lip balm to your fingertips and run lightly through hair, to keep frizz and flyaways, at bay.
3. A tiny bit of lip balm can smooth wayward eye brows, in a pinch.
4. Dry area on skin? Dab a bit of lip balm on your those spots, if you don’t have a moisturizer handy.
5. Every time you blow your nose you’re irritating the skin and stripping it of its natural oils. A bit of lip balm (especially one with menthol) will help soothe the sting and hydrate the skin.