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A lip balm is a wax-like substance, which provides a light, creamy ointment that's applied in moderation on the lips. It's formulated with moisturizing ingredients, such as beeswax, carnauba, and petrolatum to hydrate thirsty, dry lips. Some of the best products on the market also contain natural essential oils, like castor oil, shea butter, or coconut oil. Unless you have extra dry skin, you'll likely need to apply lip balm once a day to lock in the moisture. They're available at a wide range of online stores as well as your local supermarkets and drugstores.
Clear vs. Tinted Lip Balms
Most of the lip balms that you'll find in your local stores are clear, similar to petroleum jelly. Rather than applying a small amount of petroleum jelly to your lips (which is perfectly fine), you can opt for a product that's formulated with a variety of ingredients to ensure that your lips stay moisturized throughout the day. In addition to clear lip balms, the tinted ones are very popular products among women. They add a mild color to your lips while also soothing your dry skin. You can certainly choose to wear a lip balm with a hint of color, which offers a more natural look to your skin when comparing it to more vibrant lipstick shades.
Vegan Cruelty-Free Lip Balms
In addition to soothing dry lips, vegan, cruelty-free lip balms provide an extra layer of protection against sun damage. They are also created with ingredients that are non-toxic, free of harsh chemicals that may cause skin irritation. I've found that vegan lip balms provide extra conditioning to the lips that last longer than the more traditional products. When applied in small amounts, they also deliver a shiny texture that looks great with everyday makeup.