Multipurpose Balms For Dehydrated Winter Woes
Damn, it’s dry out there! We need a product that’s going to curtail all signs of chafing — everywhere, from our lips to our… you get the point. Wind, processed heat, and the ubiquitous cold climate that comes with winter is like an assault on our precious skin. But these multipurpose balms are here to save the day, hydrating lips, hands, elbows, knees, cuticles, and even adding some extra sheen to brow and cheek bones. Try using your balm on brows and lashes to condition and tame and on nails to give the illusion of just-buffed tips!
It goes without saying that Aquaphor ($5) is the OG of multipurpose balms, but the ingredients and the packaging can be a serious deterrent.
So, here are a few of our favorite multipurpose balms – that are both chic and effective – taking up residence on our desk, our nightstand, our car, and our clutches:
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant ($22) – Probably the most popular of multipurpose balms, this cream can literally be used for everything (read our rundown here). An absolute must for every makeup enthusiast’s kit.
Make Marine Salve ($12) – This balm hydrates lips with a glossy-yet-non-sticky subtle sheen, while also acting as a a great antidote for chapped hands and crusty cuticles. Fragrance-free for all of those opposed to scents.
Earth Tu Face Skin Stick ($34) – If you prefer your balm in the form of a stick, then this is the product for you. 100% natural, the formula is packed with organic plant extracts for healthy hydration. Moisturizes and soothes with zero glossiness (for those opposed to slick sheen).
Lanolin Lips 101 Ointment Mulitpurpose Superbalm ($17) – As the name suggest, this is a super balm with infinite uses. All-natural and free of fragrance, petroleum, parabens, and mineral oils, this formula is a BB favorite, for everything from classic chapped lips to creating glossy lids.
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment ($12) – This Australian import has been touted as the natural Eight Hour Cream for its ability to hydrate, soothe, and heal. Use it on lips and cuticles, but also on bug bites and scabs.
Glossier Balm Dotcom ($12) – Hipster cult classic Glossier recently launched their coveted do-everything balm in array of flavors: rose, mint, coconut, and cherry. If you’re not into the flavored kick, check out their original flavorless formula here. The waxy texture is less glossy and more lived-in.
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