Chapped lips, also known as cheilitis, can be very uncomfortable, however they are a very common complaint by both men, women and children alike. Sore chapped lips are most often caused by extreme cold, extreme heat or windy weather, a dry environment, and also saliver or spicy foods. Sometimes chapped lips can be associated with certain health conditions also.

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The combination of having a very thin epidermis and no melanin, hair follicles or sebaceous glands makes the skin on the lips particularly vulnerable to dehydration and external aggressors. While dry and chapped lips are mostly harmless, they are usually very sore and painful, and it is really important to protect and hydrate them with the right treatment to prevent them from getting worse over time.

Fashions Finest have two important tips for keeping your lips silky smooth and hydrated throughout the year, come wind, snow or sun:

  • Avoid licking your lips if you can help it. We can often be tempted to lick our lips to reduce the feeling of dry lips, but saliva actually worsens the situation.
  • Pay attention to your lips. If they start to feel dry or itchy, apply a lip balm early to avoid the situation getting worse.

Here are our top tried and tested Lip Balms from our whole Fashions Finest  family straight to yours, in order to sooth, repair and even halt dry, sore, chapped lips:

Benny Hancock Men’s Lip Balm

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Men’s Grooming/Makeup Brand launched by Benny Hancock Pro Makeup artist have launched a luxurious velveteen Lip Balm, with a hint of peppermint and vanilla which helps to hydrate and soften dry lips whilst nourishing and strengthening the skin. The lip balm helps to create a barrier between the lips and the environment, which helps moisture from escaping keeping lips soft and smooth. Fashions Finest loves the scent, which is subtle and not overpowering at all. We love the fact that this lip balm is specifically made for men, as well as being totally Vegan friendly and cruelty Free. Priced at £12.00 and available online, this is a great lip balm option for the men in our family.

Q+A Skincare Liquorice Lip Oil

Not quite a balm and not quite a gloss, this lip oil is the love child of both. Giving the finish of a gloss with the conditioning benefits of a balm, this little beauty does more than just moisturise. Blending liquorice root, apricot oil, prickly pear, peppermint and antioxidant pomegranate it has natural plumping properties to help your pout appear fuller, boosts hydration levels by up to 45% and also firms, heals and helps with cell renewal.

Fashions Finest loves the cooling metal roller-ball applicator inside this lip oil stick, which gives added oomph as it really massages the oil into the lip, while keeping your fingertips clean too. We also noted that on windy days, there are no sticky hair-trapping situations in sight. Win win! Definitely a great choice for the ladies looking for the best of all world’s here. A 100% natural formula, it’s cruelty free, vegan friendly, uses recyclable packaging and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances either.

The Q+A Skincare Liquorice Lip Oil is priced at £6.50 and available online here, and also on the high street at Holland & Barrett, Sainsburys and selected Lloyds Pharmacies too.

Lansinoh HPA Lanolin

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This offering is a bit of a curve ball, as it is sold as nipple cream for nursing mothers, however, don’t be put off by that before you read on.

Lanolin is a naturally occurring oil derived from sheep’s skin, and 100% natural and hypoallergenic. Savvy mums have realised that not only is this a great tool for ending sore nipples, but it works just as well on lips to keep them soft, moisturised and smooth.

Fashions Finest love that this little tube of comfort can be smoothed onto babies and children’s lips, right from newborn when they are sore, with the thick consistency sticking to the lips even after being licked. This is also great for smearing over the lips of adults as an overnight soothing balm which stays put!

Available from many high street stores, and online here at £5.99.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

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Created 22 years ago, the Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm has become a best-seller for Nuxe.  A sheer honey-packed delight, this ultra-nourishing balm is the best ally for sublime lips thanks to its beneficial active ingredients including Acacia Honey, Shea Butter, Grapefruit Essence and Precious Botanical Oils.

The exclusive blend of ingredients has been proven to nourish, repair, soothe and protect lips that have become dry or damaged by external aggressions. Fashions Finest loves the fact that Rêve de Miel® Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm has even passed the test of extreme weather conditions in Canada. The unique formula is perfect for winter and summer months too. We love the beautiful melting texture and fresh, zesty grapefruit scent.

Available online for £11.50 and with 90% natural ingredients, it is perfect for the whole family’s use.

Dr Sebagh Lip Balm

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Introducing the first ‘Ageing-Maintenance’ lip product to be created by Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, world-renowned cosmetic doctor.

This multi-active Lip Balm does more than soften and smooth the lips. A single slick expertly delivers intense, essential hydration and nourishment thanks to a blend of shea butter and ‘green chemistry’ vegetal oils which also help to diminish fine lines and minimise the appearance of wrinkles.

Its soothing action helps calm any irritation (after wind or sun exposure, for example).

With year-round benefits, Lip Balm keeps lips nourished and soothed throughout spring and summer sun exposure and effectively combats the dehydrating effects of central heating and cold winds during autumn and winter.

Instantly stimulating with a cooling freshness, just one application of Lip Balm leaves lips feeling revitalised, rejuvenated and pillowy soft.

Fashions Finest loves the fact that this lip balm is the result of several years and multiple formulations to perfect, with samples trialled on all genders along the way. The main bulk of testing was undertaken on those who are reluctant to wear lip balm, and the universal agreement was thumbs up for Dr Sebagh’s formula. For this reason this lip balm would be fantastic for both children and adults who are not keen on wearing lip balms. It also has fantastic anti-aging properties so great for those of us who need to slow down the aging process.

We also loved the texture of this lip balm. It is so light, it is possible to forget you are wearing lip balm! You only need to use the tinniest smear to amply cover the lip area well.

Fashions Finest say this is well worth the slightly higher price tag of £35.00, because of the well researched formulation. (We also happen to know that if you opt for it to be posted to you unboxed, it comes with several free gifts and a smaller price tag too!)

Find the right product for you, or try a few to see which is your favourite. Take it from us - you won't be dissapointed in any of these top picks.

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