As January nears its end, students are settling back into a city still subjected to the chills of the polar vortex that has blanketed the nation. Although the worst of the cold weather is seemingly over, forecasters predict rushes of dry air and drops in temperature in the coming weeks.
Chilly walks to classes with the winds pelting your faces will likely cause peeling, chapped lips, so here are five remedies to aid in the battle against arctic lips.
Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm ($27)
Equipped with vitamins A and E, shea butter and SPF 10, this lip balm not only keeps lips supple, smooth and protected from the sun, but it also plumps and offers a pleasant pink tint. The subtle rose scent will bring you back to sunnier, sweeter days.
Nivea A Kiss of Smoothness ($2.99)
If you’re in search of an alternative to the classic ChapStick, look no further. Nivea’s lip balm comes in the form of a lipstick-style tube — ideal for easy, on-the-go application. It is enhanced with a combination of shea butter, aloe and SPF 10 that creates a light, yet hydrating lip balm.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm ($7.50)
This lip balm combines shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, green tea and balm mint to create a formula that will keep lips protected in cases of extreme weather. The balm comes in different scents such as vanilla and lavender, so there is sure to be a scent that works for everyone.
Lush None of Your Beeswax Lip Balm ($7.25)
This lip balm is perfect for those who run into trouble when looking for vegan-friendly lip care products — the lip care products that lack beeswax or honey. The balm is a mix of natural ingredients completely free of preservatives that blend together to make a soft, buttery balm with a light citrus flavor and scent that will keep your lips moisturized for hours.
When browsing the world of lip care, it is often difficult to find a product that combines both the elements of hydration and exfoliation. If all hope of finding such a product is lost, you can create your own. To create a moisturizing lip scrub, all you need to do is mix together equal parts olive oil, brown sugar and honey. After mixing, take a small amount and rub it onto your lips to exfoliate. Scrub for about a minute and then remove with water. After this process, you’ll be left with smooth, hydrated lips.
Avery Chang is a staff writer. Email her at email@example.com.