What is it? Lip balm.
What does/should it do? Hydrate lips.
I don’t understand how it’s so hard to find a good lip balm, but here we are. I don’t find menthol in balm soothing or refreshing, although I imagine a lot of people do or brands wouldn’t add it to their balm? It’s no good for hydration either – in fact, the opposite. If you’re always reaching for your balm, it might be because it’s drying you out and putting you in a vicious lip-balm cycle. Which again, I suppose, brands might be adding to sell more product.
I’ve always had trouble with dry lips thanks to the weather and toothpaste. Does anyone else find this? My lips always feel desiccated after I brush my teeth, no matter the brand, no matter whether it has sodium lauryl sulfate or not. Now that I’m in committed relationships with both coffee and Vitamin A, I need a lip moisturiser more than ever.
Did you know Vitamin A also dries out your lips? I didn’t, until very recently, but of course it would if it’s drying out the rest of your face as well. I thought I was just particularly bad at drinking enough water throughout the day.
Although Korean brand Laneige market this amazing little tub as Lip Sleeping Mask, it’s like any hydrating face mask: spread it on thickly overnight and wake up with skin that feels 20 years younger, or use it in light layers as a regular moisturiser.
For me, this is a lip balm that lives in my bathroom, not my handbag. It only comes in a tub; their tinted balm in a tube is not as hydrating and, let’s be real, I do not need a tinted lip product on my way to bed. It comes with a spatula, which of course I forgot exists and so forgot to photograph, but with it you can pile up the product on your lips like you would go to town with the buttercream icing on your lockdown baking.
Layering up that thickly is the mask part, and if you manage not to eat it all and/or smoosh it into your pillow, you’ll wake up with the softest lips you’ve had in years. I am far more likely to just use a small layer applied with my finger, immediately after brushing my teeth in the morning and after my evening cleansing routine – for me, that’s hydrating enough. And, don’t forget, my house is literally strewn with various lip balms anyway.
The lip masks come in a variety of flavours – Apple Lime, Grapefruit, Vanilla, and Berry/Original, although I will say the Berry that I have has very little flavour to speak of. This is no bad thing! The US markets have two additional flavours, Gummy Bear and Sweet Candy, both of which sound amazingly bad.
Vitamin C, antioxidants, and everyone’s favourite, hyaluronic acid, make up the active ingredients in the Lip Mask, albeit in not particularly high proportions. Still, a 20g pot is going to last me a good twelve months at least with constant use and, spoilers, I’m already on my second one. This is a keeper in my routine.