So now it’s time for everyone to brace themselves as once again the tabloids whip up a frenzy of panic, all major airports close, councils fail yet again to order the right quantities of road-salt, and our economy comes to a complete standstill while the rest of the northern hemisphere puts on a coat and gets on with it.
But not to worry. Unlike the authorities, we can prepare ourselves for the approaching cold spells. Instead of locking ourselves in with a year’s worth of tinned beans and a cricket bat, it’s time to strap on the Ugg boots, whip out the mittens and embrace the old British way of keeping calm and carrying on.
Of course, bad weather is no excuse to neglect an all-important health and beauty regime. Unless you fancy going round in a balaclava, you’ll need some way to protect the vulnerable skin on your face from the icy wind- especially the soft skin on your lips.
Lip balm is an absolute essential for any national weather crisis. Without it, lips can become chapped, cracked and sore. Ensure your lips are always looking smooth, soft and healthy by choosing a lip balm that suits your lifestyle- whether you love the outdoors, love to look good, or you’re living on a tight budget.
To do our bit for the nation, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 best lip balms for meeting everyone’s needs this winter.
1. The ‘eco-warrior’ –
For those of you who care about the environment, why not try Fair Squared Lip Balm 4 Pack? These eco-friendly organic lip balms come in four different flavours, including spearmint, vanilla, citrus and even vegan pomegranate. Free from petrolatum, sulphates, GMO, parabens and cruelty, Fair Squared Lip Balm is perfect for taking care of your lips ethically, without harming the environment.
Buy Fair Squared Lip Balm 4 Pack for £6.99
2. The ‘glamorous’ –
Lip balm can pose a problem for women who love to make a statement with their lips. Unfortunately, many lipsticks and glosses just don’t offer the same level of protection as lip balms do. Clinique has come up with the perfect way of combining the glamour of lipstick with the functionality of lip balm. Introducing the brand new Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm. This super-nourishing balm moisturises dry lips with mango and shea butters and comes in eight exciting colours, including ‘woppin watermelon’ and ‘chunky cherry’.
You can buy NEW Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm for £16
3. The ‘outdoor type’ –
Whether you love climbing, cycling, sailing or running, you’ll know that in cold weather, lip balm can be your best friend. The outdoors can be unkind to vulnerable skin, that’s why it pays to always carry a pot of lip balm. We recommend Eco Lips Sport Eco Lip balm, which comes with a nifty clip for easy portability and access.
You can buy Eco Lips Sport Lip Balm with clip for £4.50
4. The ‘hard-up’ –
We all love a good bargain, especially when the economic climate is just about as chilly as the meteorological one. Not to fear, Body Shop is currently offering a wallet-friendly discount on selected flavoured lip balms. Try Candied Ginger Lip Balm for a spicy, wintry taste and instant hydration.
You can now buy Candied Ginger Lip Balm for a very reasonable £2.50.
5. The ‘luxury lover’ –
Sometimes a plastic pot or battered tin just isn’t good enough for the sophisticated ladies among us. For those who desire the decadent, consider Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner SPF 15. This lip balm, or ‘conditioner’, comes in a sleek gold lipstick-style case and offers intense moisture, vitamins C and E and sun protection.
You can buy Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner SPF 15 for a very luxurious £16.50.
Remember- this is winter, not the apocalypse. Protecting your lips from an early stage will ensure they still look great at a later age.