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With cooler weather upon us, odds are your skin is starting to feel the effects. Prevention goes a long way when it comes to the symptom of winter skin, and you want to up the hydration ante well before you start to see flaking and cracking. Paying a bit of extra attention to your skinâ€™s barrier now can translate to smooth sailing until spring rolls aroundâ€”and these nourishing balms are so worth the splurgeâ€¦
Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment ($35)
Chapped lips are more than uncomfortableâ€¦ Dryness and flaking can get in the way of your lipstick, and no one wants that. This indulgent lip balm looks as good coming out of your bag as it feels on your lips, and itâ€™s packed with camelina oil (which is loaded with barrier-strengthening fatty acids), hydrating shea butter, antioxidant vitamin E and plumping jojoba and orange oil. And the unexpected lemon-rose flavor is simply divineâ€¦
Nealâ€™s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm ($70)
This multitasking moisture-rich balm works overtime as a cleanser and a nourishing balm that soothes and smoothes dry skin from head to toe. Made with 99% organic ingredients (including wild rose, jojoba and hemp seed oils along with shea butter and a laundry list of essential oils), itâ€™s the perfect all-in-one solution for the face, elbows, knees, feet, cuticles and anywhere else that needs a much-needed dose of hydration.
May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon ($160)
Like a skincare version of a cozy cashmere blanket, The Blue Cocoon facial oil balm soothes dryness, irritation, inflammation, eczema, psoriasis and just about anything else that ails your skin. Produced in small batches with calming blue tanzy, this waxless salve transforms into a fluid when it comes in contact with the skin, and delivers hydration, healing and aromatherapy benefits that help reduce anxiety and promote sleep. According to May Lindstrom herself, â€œItâ€™s total unicorn magic!â€
By Terry Baume de Rose ($60)
Though technically designed for lips, nails and cuticles, this luxurious hydrating balm works wonders wherever skin needs a bit of extra moistureâ€”with no stickiness, just the right amount of shine and a delicate rose scent. With an intensely nourishing blend of rose flower essential wax, shea butter, barrier-reinforcing ceramides and antioxidant vitamin E, itâ€™s just what your skin needs to weather winter beautifully.
Erno Lazslo Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm ($255)
By far the priciest balm of the bunch, this offering has the history and heritage to justify its cost. Originally created in 1917 and updated eight times in the century since, this intensely soothing, hydrating and healing balmâ€™s super-secret blend of botanical oils and nourishing ingredients has graced the vanities of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo and countless other timeless beauties. The ultimate treatment for sunburn, irritation, blemishes and post-surgical scars, it leaves a protective barrier that boosts moisture, oxygen, cellular renewal and skin repair.
NOTE: Neal’s YardÂ products were provided for review. Opinions are my own.