Especially now with the EOS lawsuit craze (read about it here), I've started to reflect on my favourite lip treatments, and why they work for me.
To be completely honest, I'm not wildly impressed by EOS - and I've tried many of their little baubles over the past few years. The only one I used consistently was the "sweet mint" flavour. I found the formula to be waxy, sitting on top of my lips versus sinking in and nourishing them. This is an example of a lip balm that is somewhat "addictive" - there might be temporary relief, but no long-term healing.
So whenever my lips are at their worst, I'm talking peeling, painful and red, I will first drink a big glass of water, then apply a layer of 100% Pure Vitamin E Oil (link) or some cult-classic Nivea Cream right before bed. (Click here to see why I love Nivea.)
Gosling's ChopSaver All Natural Lip Balm is a great option to apply throughout the day. This is an American brand, and I only recently found out about them through a press release. I received a sample to try, and completely fell in love. Here are the ingredients and the description:
Like with most moisturizers, anything containing natural plant oils is going to do a fantastic job at healing and conditioning the skin. Compared to synthetic/mineral oil, plant oils have a very small molecular size, so they are able to absorb into the skin to deeply nourish the most dry and irritated parts. That's not to say that a mineral oil product (Aquaphor Ointment, Vaseline, etc.) won't work - it will work to create a barrier from the elements, while locking in the moisture that your skin already has.
Gosling's ChopSaver lip balm has been created especially for musicians, and it is sold at most music stores in the city. (Store locator linked here) If you happen to be in the US, it's also sold at CVS Pharmacy.
I wanted to get the opinion of a retired musician, who relies on lip balm especially during the winter commute. Joseph, the former french horn player says, "it has a nice scent, feels smooth, doesn't burn the lips, and lasts for a long time." Approved!
I also tried a foil packet sample of their orange tube version with SPF 15. I am quite sensitive to the "sunscreen" taste, but it would be great for outdoor winter sports or the hot summer months.
My favourite way to apply lip balm is right after the shower. I'll gently exfoliate with a soft towel or tooth brush, then smooth on some balm - especially before bed.