Caring for my Parched Lips in Winter

* AD - Please note products mentioned in this post were gifted to me for a review

When the temperature takes a nosedive below five degrees Celsius, my lips decide it's the perfect time to go on strike and turn into a dry, flaky mess. Typically, I'd reach for the chapstick after my lips have already started resembling a shedding snake (a tad too late, I know). But with the current lip care craze, featuring everything from luscious glosses to hydrating lip oils, I've become a self-proclaimed lip care aficionado. I've tested numerous products and zeroed in on a couple that are currently rocking my winter world.

The Overnight Lip Mask Adventure

I used to be skeptical about lip masks, dismissing them as overpriced pots of glorified Vaseline. That was until I found myself in Denver, a mile above sea level, where the air was drier than a desert. Despite chugging about four liters of water, my skin, especially my hands and lips, felt like a barren wasteland. That's when I had an epiphany and embraced the power of good lip products, including the game-changer – overnight masks to save my extremely dry lips.

My current crush is the Buttermilk for Lips with Coconut Oil and Wild Mango Butter from Kiehl's. Packed in a small plastic pot holding 10g of sheer magic, this mask boasts a thick formula that transforms into a melty goodness once applied. While the name hints at a tropical paradise, the scent is more cocoa than coconut, thanks to the cocoa seed butter tucked inside, along with shea butter, beeswax, and other nourishing goodies.

This mask does wonders, leaving my lips irresistibly soft. It's not a quick fix for severe lip damage, but it works like a superhero to speed up the healing process. Now, I'll be honest, this mask is a bit of a splurge. Is it worth it? If you're contemplating, my vote is yes. But is it an absolute necessity, considering the price? Probably not.

Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm Love Affair

Coming from someone who has gone through approximately a gazillion chapsticks, it's surprising that my current lip balm crush comes in a squeeze tube. Weleda, a brand I recently stumbled upon, has been a delightful surprise this year. Mrs. Hailey Bieber's radiant glow with the Skin Food cream as a base got me curious, and now, I'm hooked.

The lip balm, housed in a convenient squeeze tube, is a nourishing dream. Unlike many balms, it stays put and doesn't wander off to explore the rest of my face unintentionally. Bonus points: it gives my lips a juicy, natural-looking gloss. I find myself reapplying every three hours just to keep those lips soft and supple throughout the day. It even works wonders on top of lipstick, adding a glossy finish.

Discovering this lip balm is the cherry on top of my 2023. Here's to a fabulous next year! Big thanks to all of you for the fantastic support in 2023. Cheers to happy, hydrated lips!

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