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After feeling fully groggy for the entire month of January last year, I promised myself I wouldn’t do the full Christmas blow-out again. While the clean-living thing didn’t quite work out this time around, what I can do is nourish the bits of my body that a month or so of merrymaking have essentially been left for dead...
ASOS lip balms

Enter: lip balms and treatments

I didn’t spend much time under the mistletoe last month but I did do a lot of chatting, lipstick-wearing and braving cold climes – and chapped lips are not what I’m after for Jan. Operation 'repair my lips' is officially on. Here’s what I've trialled…

Mint magic

As well as having SPF in it to protect from the sun, this Jack Black balm was actually designed with cold weather in mind, so icy winds won’t leave you chapped. The mint smell is so natural and well, minty, it feels like you're nose-deep in a mojito. If you’re going skiing this month, this is the little guy to take along.


Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm, £7.25
Carmex lip balm

Oldie but a goodie

Coming in a new and super-sweet peach and mango scent, this tube has none of the classic Carmex tingle, but all of the super smooth coverage. Like a little slice of summer for three quid.


Carmex Peach & Mango Burst Moisturising Lip Balm, £3

Au naturale

This is a harder balm – made of beeswax, shea butter, almond oil and avocado – so it won’t slather all over your lips, but it is well worth the effort once you get it on. A little pot lasted me six months, and because it’s all natural I even pop it on my hands when they’re feeling dry. The cardamom smell is very strong, though, so if that spice isn’t your thing, you really won’t enjoy it.


Sister & Co. Raw Coconut Lip Tonic Rose Otto & Cardamom, £8.99

The posh one

Cast your mind back to home economics classes and you’ll recall that lipid means oil – Inca Inchi oil specifically in this case – so a little goes a really long way. Get a drop or two of NIOD's fragrance-less concoction on your fingertip and rub into your lips twice a day for a month (then just once daily after that) and it promises to make your lips more pink, soft and full. I’m two weeks into the month and mine are definitely a nicer shade, and so much softer. It tingles a little at first but stick with it, it pays off. 


NIOD Lip Bio-Lipid Concentrate, £38
Stila lipbalm

Pictures: Miles Drury

Colour correct

I didn’t realise you could have a balm that smells in equal parts minty and fruity, but this magic potion really reminded me of a smell from my childhood for some reason. While the NIOD treatment is all about boosting your lip colour, this one does the opposite. So if you don’t like your lips too rosy, the clear white balm actually softens red and pink undertones. Even though it's technically a lip colour, it's so nourishing and moisturising that the overall effect is much more balm than lipstick. 


Stila Opal Calm Colour Balm, £16