Ideal lips are soft, with no cuticles, marks or cracks. Perfect and full, they do not know dryness or dehydration lines. However, most people need help in the form of a lip balm to achieve this enviable result. It should not surprise you: the labial mucous membranes are devoid of sebaceous glands, therefore they are less protected from sudden changes in temperature, wind and minor traumas. That’s why choosing a specific product for this delicate area is a gesture that can transform your mouth for the better, avoiding many minor annoyances as well as preventing the formation of micro-wrinkles which, in the long run, make the application of lipstick less precise.
“THE lip balmswhich were once called lip balms because they were based on this ingredient, create a protective film based on ingredients of vegetable origin (such as cocoa butter) or synthetic ones (petrolatum, paraffin) to limit maximum water dispersion and create a protective film thanks to waxes, natural and otherwise, “he explains Umberto Borellinicosmetologist and lecturer at various universities.
The offer is wide: sticks, jars, tubes, as well as the range of prices. What is best for you? We evaluated 14 formulas, choosing 4. Find out why we preferred them.
«Lip balms end up being, in part, ingested. It is a fact not to be forgotten when choosing one. For everyday use it is preferable to choose products whose ingredients are as naturally derived as possible and, why not, edible: cocoa butter, but also shea or cupuaçu butter, olive, avocado or coconut oil play a emollient and hydro-restorative action. If then in the formula there are waxes of natural origin such as that of bees and, for vegans, candelilla, carnauba and oat extract, an effective protective film is created that retains water and therefore avoids dryness and skin. Antioxidant agents such as vitamin E or Cbut also specific anti-aging actives, such as peptides, or soothing ones, such as calendula extract », says the cosmetologist.
This choice is destined to raise the price of lip balm because they are precious ingredients and undoubtedly more expensive than synthetic ones, but it is worth it in terms of results (the dermal affinity of butters and oils makes the product a little greasy, but nutritious). Often, then, the slight aroma of natural ingredients is less cloying than some artificially added “flavors” and you never tire of wearing them on your lips, as often happens with stynthetic aromas.
“Instead, it is better to reserve very film-forming formulas based on petrolatum (paraffinum liquidum, mineral oil), synthetic waxes, also derived from hydrocarbons (microcrystalline wax, synthetic wax), for extreme situations such as high mountains or the tropical sun. and sunscreens, avoiding in any case ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, which is harmless on the skin, but which is better not to be ingested “, emphasizes Borellini.
We applied the balms to the “naked” lips in the morning. So we observed over the hours duration of hydration, comfort, any taste and perfume. We also considered the practicality of the packaging and the clarity of the labels, as well as price in relation to quality. In one case we had to discard a conditioner due to its excessive cost.
“The lip balm accompanies you from morning to night in different ways: at the beginning of the day, on bare lips or under lipstick, to maintain hydration and thus prolong the duration of the color, several times during the day to protect them, and in the evening , as a nourishing gesture before bedtime and finding silky lips the next day. The stick and the tube are more practical and can be carried in your pocket; the formula in the jar, denser and fuller, is suitable for evening applications and is spread with the fingertip (but remember to wash your hands before dipping your finger in the product, to contaminate it as little as possible and thus prolong its life) “, he concludes the cosmetologist Umberto Borellini.
Dermalibour + Cica-Restructuring lip balm by A-Derma15 ml, € 9 at the pharmacy
The strong point. The protective power.
Castor, shea and jojoba oil combine with oat extract and beeswax to protect brittle, irritated and repairable lips. The fluid consistency creates a water-resistant protective film and the ingredient list, short and 97% of natural origin, offers tolerability even to those who are sensitive. Without perfume or aromas, it is pleasant and not at all sticky.
Use it like that. Suitable for the whole family, tested under dermatological and pediatric control, it is a balm equipped with a tube with an applicator that dispenses a veil of product when needed. It is for you if you are looking for a very delicate and very nutritious product.
First three ingredients: Ricinus communis seed oil, aqua, butyrospermum parkii oil.
Lippe Balm of Drunk Elephant3.7 g, € 17 from Sephora and up sephora.it
The strong point. The multipurpose formula.
We liked this stick with a large diameter, also suitable for those with very plump lips: its moisturizing and volumizing formula, nourishes delicately and is rich in antioxidants thanks to coconut and marula oils (sclerocarya birrea the Latin name), shea, green tea and vitamin C, while the peptides stimulate the production of collagen and the bees and vegetable waxes create a very light protective film. The price is high, but the quality is too. The packaging is nice to show off.
Use it like that. One stroke is enough, thanks to the maxistick that releases the right amount on the lips. Free of fragrances or aromas, you can also apply it on the eye contour. A multipurpose product.
First three ingredients: Cocos Nucifera Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter.
Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butter from Sol de Janeiro6.2 g, € 15.99 From Douglas and up douglas.it
The strong point. The balance between emollients and perfume.
The scent is immediately striking, a delight reminiscent of dulche de leche, the Brazilian dessert made from condensed milk. But the simple and short formula also applies: sunflower oil, coconut, grape seed and açaí with cupuaçu butter and beeswax bring nourishment and protection to the lips. The stick, then, is large: it ensures long life and easy application even on the most generous lips.
Use it like that.Alone or on top of the lipstick to polish it, or under the lipstick to prevent fine lines, it is the right product if you love the sweet aroma of dulche de leche and are looking for a practical but not too small package.
First three ingredients: Organic Helianthus Annuus Seed (Sunflower) Oil, Beeswax, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil.
Lip Balm from Dr. Hauschka4.5 ml € 11.90 in herbal medicine, from Naturasì and on drhauschka.it
The strong point. The intensive action.
Dense and full-bodied, this nourishing and emollient lip care is ideal for those who often suffer from skin and chapping. In the formula, vegetable oils and botanical extracts with soothing and regenerating properties such as calendula and St. John’s wort. It adheres and does not let itself be diluted even by the great heat, so much so that it can also be applied in the sauna, releasing a very pleasant scent, given by the essential oils. The glass jar preserves its quality.
Use it like that. If you are looking for a rich conditioner with an intense fragrance this is definitely the product for you, but beware of allergens present in essential oils. Ideal as an evening mask for the lips, before bed.
First three ingredients: Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Cera Alba, Arachis Hypogaea Oil.