Soothing, multi-purpose skin balms are a real skincare essential. Not just for lips, these handbag must-haves are your new go-to for whenever a little TLC is needed. We’ve road-tested ten of the best balms which guarantee to solve pretty much any beauty crisis from cracked heels, dry elbows, rough cuticles to pesky fly-aways and split ends? Don’t panic, we’ve got it covered. All in one little pot…
By Tor Cardona
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, £11.50
Originally developed for nursing mothers, this rich, fragrance-free balm helps to heal even the driest and most sensitive of skins. Using a centuries-old remedy, this London-based brand created a medical grade treatment that protects skin whilst adding a fabulous shine. Apparently Kate Moss is a huge fan, and insiders claim she uses it to highlight her cheekbones and to tame unruly eyebrows.
Egyptian Magic, £25.50
If it’s good enough for the likes of Madonna and Kate Hudson then it’s definitely good enough for us. This is already a cult product worldwide and a real make-up artist favourite. The legendary healing powers of this saviour-salve come from the unique blend of all natural ingredients, derived from living plants and organisms. It seems everyone finds their own favourite use for Egyptian Magic- some even swear by its eyelash-lengthening properties.
HealGel Intensive, £37.50
Don’t be fooled by the simple packaging. Five of the country’s leading plastic surgeons spent three years perfecting this product, originally intended for post-operative cosmetic surgery patients. The result is a wonderfully cooling gel which guarantees to ease a wide range of skin problems, reduce scars and redness, as well as tackling blemishes and swelling. What’s more, its non-greasy formula makes it suitable for all skin types. This is one real multi-tasker!
Jurlique Love Balm, £10
We’re not sure what we love more about this little tin- the gorgeous tangerine scent or the fact that it’s completely paraben-free. This is a real treat for the cuticles, and the tin will easily slip into even the smallest of clutch-bags.
Liz Earle Superbalm, £13.50
Available in a mini 5g tin as well as a 30g jar, it seems there is no excuse not to have this near you at all times. The botanical blend of Neroli and lavender creates a heavenly aroma, and the combination of natural waxes and shea butter is ultra-moisturising. Our top tip? Warm a little of the product in the palm of your hand before applying to activate the natural ingredients.
Ren Mayday Mayday Rescue Balm, £21
This handbag staple really does live up to its name, providing instant relief to dry lips, hands, elbows and other parched patches. Extracts of camomile and pink violet help to reduce redness and soothe any irritation, and the organic formula ensures this balm is free from any nasties.
Rodial Glam Balm Multi, £49
If anti-ageing concerns are top of your priority list then this is the balm for you. Vitamins C and E intensely nourish, refine wrinkles and seriously plump up collagen on skin and lips. Need glowing skin in a flash? For the ultimate emergency facial, apply a thin layer of Glam Balm to face and lips, leave on for ten minutes and remove with a warm towel. Glam, indeed.
Rosebud Salve, £8
When a product has been around since 1895 we know it must be good, and this rose-scented salve is no exception. We love the apothecary-style tin (which lasts for ages) and the blend of seven essential oils is wonderfully soothing. Perfect for jet-setters, this doubles up as an eye make-up remover and soothes sunburnt skin.
Skyn ICELAND Arctic Hydrating Balm, £25
The word ‘skyn’ in Icelandic means senses, and the combination of glacial extracts (Red Arctic Algae and Arctic berries) make this ultra-moisturising balm a real treat for stressed-out souls. This is a godsend for sensitive skin - the fatty acids in the Arctic oils help to modulate skin temperature to reduce redness and irritation. Available exclusively from M&S Beauty.
This Works Turbo Balm, £10
Made from 100% natural ingredients, this all-singing, all-dancing balm will leave both lips and cuticles perfectly hydrated. Tahitian Monoi Oil is the star ingredient in this formula, ensuring a real hydration hit.