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We're reaching for the lip balm almost every hour these days, thanks to the chill of winter. So, in light of that, we thought we would share our favourites from tinted to clear. Here goes.

 
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Clear

A beauty basic, lip balm is a winter essential, for hydrating the delicate skin on your lips. After all, if your lips are not in top shape, how can they look well-dressed?


Pure Fiji Lip Balm, $12. Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm, $13. Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Tin, $12. Fresh Sugar Lip Hydrating Coconut Lip Balm, $28.

Tinted

Equal parts hydration and great colour payoff, these fruit-inspired tints are lip-softening, and pout-transforming - trust me.

Tarte Quench Lip Rescue in Rose, $31, there are eight shades, including clear. Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balm SPF 15, in Flirt $37, there are four shades including clear. Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30, in Rhubarb $18, there are three colours. Elizabeth Arden Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF 15 in Plum, $43, there are four shades, including neutral.

Take care of your lips with these tips

Best lip balm

Lips have no oil glands, add the constant licking of lips, and cold weather and this damages the protective barrier on the skin, which is why lips often feel dry and crack. To wean you off that habit, regularly apply lip balm, especially before applying lip liner, lipstick or gloss.

Best lip balm

Invest in balms with hydrating natural ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, vitamin E, almond, jojoba or coconut oil. Try and avoid balms nasty chemicals such as petrolatum (AKA petroleum jelly, or mineral oil), butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), also parabens (Propylparaben Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, and any other ingredients that end with the word paraben.

Best lip balms

 
Cracked lips need healing, start that process by gently exfoliating that dry flaky skin away. To do that avoid grainy scrubs and opt for cleansing pads that contain salicylic and glycolic acids, to gently speed up repair by removing that dead skin. Try PIXI Glow Peel Pads, $50, use these once or twice a week. 

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Matte lipsticks last for hours look great but are drying on the lips, alternate using a matte lippy with a satin or hydrating cream finish. Aways add a layer of moisturising lip balm underneath any colour you apply to make sure the lips stay in good condition.