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The It List 19 May 2022

5 Lip Balms to Save Your Chapped Pout This Season

The best hydrating and reparative lip balms at the top of our Beauty Editor’s list, to keep you smiling through winter.

Dry, cracked and chapped lips needn’t be part of the quotidian of winter. We’re here to proclaim that your lips are only one product away from salvation this chilly season. Turn that chapped frown upside down and hydrate those lips to the gods thanks to these 5 lip products promising the perfect pout, no matter how chilly it is outside.

Words By Brittany Lyons

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster

If you’re prone to suffering from dry, chapped and flakey lips in the cooler months (or at any time for that matter) a step between your supermarket/chemist care and going to see a GP will be to rely on cosmeceuticals. Not unlike relying on retinoids for age-management and Vitamin C for its brightening powers, there are certainly some scientifically proven molecules and active ingredients within the skincare space that provide serious relief for our lips.

One of the most hydrating, plumping and deliciously effective lips products I have ever tried is PCA Skin’s Hyaluronic Acid Booster. Introduced to me by my Dermal Therapist, this product is typically only sold in professional skin clinics and that’s due to its sophisticated technology and it’s-out-of-this-world results.

Granted it has a very premium price tag ($89), but once you apply your first lick, you’ll completely understand why that is. Within this modest 6g packaging, an impressive list of humectants (molecules that draw moisture and hydration), Vitamin E for protection and nourishment as well as natural ingredients will help give the lips a plumper look.

Hydrating, plumping and a serious product to wind back the clock in terms of the skin around your lips ageing, we think the case of investing into PCA Skin’s Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster is a pretty convincing one!

PCA SKIN Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster, $89.00 – available at Adore Beauty

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

If you’re easily influenced by trends on TikTok, then I’m sure you’re aware, if not in ownership of this next product.

K Beauty brand Laneige (get to know the brand better here) has successfully created a product that has not only reached stardom on various social media channels, but one that has truly surpassed cult status. Undoubtedly the Lip Sleeping Mask is Laneige’s best-selling product and once you try, it’s obvious why.

Just like a hydrating overnight mask for our skin, a lip mask seeks to do the same thing. This thick and luscious formula has been designed to stick to the lips while you sleep, and drip feed your pout hydration and nourishment while you catch the z’s.

Not convinced to give it a whirl? There are almost 10,000 5-star Sephora reviews to prove you wrong. Here’s one we prepared earlier…

“The best lip balm I’ve ever used and it lasts forever. I put it on just before bed and my lips are nice and soft and I’ve not had a lip balm do this before and I’ve bought a lot of expensive ones and this one tops them all! The only lip balm I’ll be ever using.” Melissa, Australia

Available in a handful of delicious flavours like Gummy Bear & Pink Grapefruit, we implore you to give Laneige’s Lip Mask a go this winter.

Augustinus Bader The Lip Balm

Another lip balm option on the effective yet bougie side of the spectrum belongs to the eponymous skincare label of German biomedical scientist, AUGUSTINUS BADER. A visionary in all things stem-cell and regenerative medicine, Bader’s line of highly scientific and proven skincare comes at a cost but is certainly proven to work when it comes to age-management and rejuvenation.

The only lip product within the extensive AUGUSTINUS BADER range is aptly named ‘The Lip Balm’ and, just like it’s other skincare counterparts, is reliant on fancy technology to bring a surge of goodness to your lips. The formula itself harnesses Bader’s TFC8®, or Trigger Factor Complex, which is his own exclusive patented technology comprised of over 40 ingredients and inspired by over 30 years of research, innovation and clinical study.

TFC8® promises to lighten the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, redness, hyperpigmentation, and damage caused by external stressors.

After using The Lip Balm, your pout will be hydrated, plump, nourished and rejuvenated whilst the area will appear to be less affected by the ageing process.

For the easiest of application, the balm is packed into a wind-up lipstick-esque device which is the perfect size to keep in your pocket or bag. Now, hydrated and healthy lips at the ready!

AUGUSTINUS BADER The Lip Balm, $63.25 – available at Revolve

Clinique Moisture Surge Lip

For lips begging for a serious surge in hydration and nourishment, look no further than Clinique’s Moisture Surge Lip.

Boasting a formula rich enough to be used as an overnight mask or during the day for ultimate protection, this versatile product is almost sure to be your new lip bestie. Clinique even recommend putting on a layer of this whilst getting your glam on, as a preparation before you apply any lipstick. If you’re unable to apply a matte lipstick due to dry lips, then this product will be a game changer for you! Lip products go on an absolute dream after Moisture Surge Lip has been soaked in.

The lip cream is concocted full of lip-loving ingredients such as ceramides and natural oils to not only hydrate but protect your lips from any further damage from external aggressors.

The formular also has a slight plumping effect that helps reduce the appearance of those pesky little fine lines we develop where our lips meet our lip line.

If you’re after an easy treatment for dry, cracked and irritated lips, look no further to the surge of hydration Clinique promises in this little tube of wonder.

Clinique Moisture Surge Lip Hydro Plump Treatment Lip Cream, $37.00 – available at Myer

Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm

Finally, a lip product that will save your lips but won’t break the bank! If you’re already familiar with Weleda’s Skin Food, you’re going to love slathering this all over your lips this season.

Based off the cult-status rich and intensively hydrating Skin Food cream, the Skin Food Lip Balm is better formulated to bring a similar result, but to the lip area.

Created with botanical extracts, natural oils and waxes, this highly effective formula has been designed to provide immediate relief and sooth lips experiencing severe dehydration and sensitivity. Repairing to say the least, this lip balm not only fixes lips, but provides barrier protection so irritation won’t keep happening.

Winter aggressors such as the cold wind and dry indoor air will no longer be an issue for you thanks to this protecting and nourishing balm. Instead, you’ll have a nourished and supple pout, ready to tackle whatever your day throws at you.

As always with considered skin brand Weleda, you won’t find anything synthetic within Skin Food Lip Balm. This perfect little package is free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colourants and raw materials derived from mineral oil.

Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm, $12.95 – available at RY