Lip-Smacking Good

by Sandra Ramani

Take care of the delicate skin on the lips all year ’round

​Think dry lips are just a seasonal problem? Think again. No matter the season, factors like dehydration, change in diet and harsh environmental conditions—whether that is sun and seawater, wind, cold temperatures, or even extreme indoor heating and air conditioning—can lead to chapping, peeling and cracking of delicate skin on the lips. But help is here: These lines offer naturally nourishing treatments that will help banish dryness and keep lips smackingly supple all year long, and now is the perfect time to stock up for winter.

MyChelle Lip Hints Conditioning Lip Balm Forget double-duty beauty—this rich treatment was designed to do four things at once: soothe, hydrate, nourish and prime. Natural ingredients like beeswax, cocoa seed and shea butters, and oils of coconut, meadowfoam, spearmint, sunflower and more help meet those goals, while the lack of parabens, silicones, sulfates, artificial colors and all other no-no’s helps prevent delicate lip skin from becoming dry and damaged. Choose Sheer for a natural glow, or Berry, Nude or Plum for a hint of glossy color; the balms can also be used as a primer under lipstick to help color last longer. mychelle.com​

LXMI Nilotica Lip Melt Sourced seasonally from the nuts of 20-year-old “Miracle Trees” growing wild along the Nile River in Uganda, Vitellaria Nilotica fruit butter is an heirloom type of shea butter that boasts 25 percent more essential fatty acids than traditional shea, along with high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins A and E.​

This organic skin superfood forms the bases of many of LXMI’s products, including this penetrating lip treatment that can be used during the day and overnight to alleviate dryness and stimulate healing. (It’s also got olive oil, wax from the peels of rhus verniciflua tree berries, and other naturally beneficial elements.) Packaged in a stylish, slightly oversized pot, the formula lives up to its name and melts into the lips, instantly delivering nourishment with a refreshing tingle. lxmi.com

Edinburgh Natural Skincare Natural Lip Balm Founded in 2010, this boutique brand handcrafts effective skincare using natural ingredients—and no preservatives, colorants, synthetics or artificial fragrances—in its small factory in the lush Scottish countryside, just outside Edinburgh. You’ll feel that dedication to staying clean and pure when you slather on some of this silky balm made with cocoa butter, pure beeswax and coconut oil to heal and hydrate, plus a touch of rose geranium and sweet orange essential oils for a bit of uplifting aromatherapy. sustainablecreations.com​

Farmacy Honey Butter Beeswax Lip Balm Thank the bees for the key ingredients in this all-in-one lip balm, which has been designed to act as an ultra-hydrating treatment both when used alone or under a lip color. Along with Farmacy’s patented Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey—made by bees that live on the company’s Catskills Mountains farm—the 100 percent natural formula is rich in nourishing goodies like beeswax, royal jelly and propolis extracts, Cupuaçu and cacao seed butter, and a blend of five superfood oils (castor, olive, jojoba, coconut and sunflower).

Though it deeply softens and hydrates, the balm is nongreasy and also helps fill in lip lines and wrinkles—so it’s perfect to use under your favorite color, too. farmacybeauty.com​

Vapour Lux Organic Lip Conditioner Just one swipe of this creamy stick will provide instant relief for dry and chapped lips, thanks to an emollient-packed formula, crafted to both soothe and protect. All that healing comes courtesy of a rich organic blend that includes oils coconut, jojoba, prune, fig and apricot, plus beeswax and extracts of calendula and lemon balm leaf. vapourbeauty.com​

Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare Nourish Organic Facial Oil Yes, we said “face oil”—stay with us. Launched earlier this year, this quick-absorbing oil is made with ingredients (including cold-pressed avocado oil, sea buckthorn oil and raspberry seed oil) that help hydrate, rebalance and nourish the skin, improve elasticity, and protect from moisture loss and environmental aggressors—all things your lips can benefit from, too. And because the formula is organic, it can be safely applied to the lips; use alone as a night treatment or layer with your favorite color for an extra-supple pout. osmosisskincare.com​

Mangiacotti Mini Lip Repair Throw them in your jackets, bags and even the tightest jean pockets—these new minis, each just 1.5-inches long, make protecting lips on-the-run a breeze. Inside the adorable packaging is an all-organic, nasties-free formula that sinks into the skin and creates a nourishing barrier, thanks to conditioning beeswax, antioxidant vitamin E, refreshing rosemary oil and hydrating olive, sunflower and hemp seed oils.​

Choose from scents like intoxicating Jasmine Plum, tart Lemon Verbena, citrusy Clementine, and juicy Pomegranate—all naturally derived, so you can reapply with abandon. One box includes three mini-tubes; if applied daily, each mini should last about three weeks. mangiacotti.com​

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