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The 6 best lip balms to re-hydrate your lips

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Lip balm is a year round beauty essential, and in the midst of winter and early spring when the weather and central heating takes its toll, it’s always a balm that helps to replenish dry, chapped lips. A great formula will improve the condition of your lips in minutes. 

Plus, smooth, hydrated lips are the foundation for long-lasting lipstick – ask any make-up artist and they’ll agree. To get the most out of your balm, it’s worth exfoliating your lips first. Use a lip scrub, such as Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, £19, or a spare toothbrush once or twice a week to get rid of any dead skin. 

For those looking for a new balm, here are the best ones to invest in, including the luxe buys and the budget finds… 

Best tinted lip balm: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, £18

If you find lipstick too drying, try these tinted balms from Clarins. The formula has the pigment quality of a sheer lipstick and the moisturising powers of a balm. It’s a win-win beauty buy.  

Best lip balm with SPF: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm, £20

We often forget that our lips are constantly exposed and therefore, like our face, need to be protected. This clever cream contains SPF 20, as well as plenty of  nourishing vitamins to keep lips in tip top condition.

Best luxury lip balm: La Mer The Lip Balm, £45

Spending almost £50 on a lip balm seems extortionate, but this is like no other balm you’ve tried. The waxy balm re-hydrates and replenishes, as well as giving your lips a protective coating. As a result, it’s had a cult-like following since it launched. 

Best budget lip balm: Vaseline Lip Therapy, £1.89

Despite having a multitude of benefits, including a skin hydrating highlighter for cheekbones, Vaseline is best known as a lip balm. It’s a beauty classic and no round-up would be complete without it. For those who are prone to losing their balms or on a budget, this is easily the best option. 

Best lip balm for your handbag: EOS Lip Balm, £7

The round packaging was specifically designed to not only make it easily for you to apply this balm wherever you are, but also to find it at the bottom of your handbag. The formula is nourishing and the variety of flavours are a bonus. 

Best anti-ageing lip balm: Sensai Cellular Performance Lip Treatment, £74

If money is no object, then this formula is worth the investment. Technically a treatment, this product has been formulated to be used overnight. Smother it on before you get into bed and you’ll wake up with plumper, firmer lips. 

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