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About Face: Considering lip balms from L’Oreal, Burt’s Bees, and more

LipBalmforFall ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceThe September weather may be cool and satisfying now, but I know better: Thanks to the lowering temperatures, my lips will be super-chapped, super-fast. When it comes to my lip balm needs, I prefer a variety of options, from brands like L’Oreal, Burt’s Bees, Mad Gab’s, and more.

By Roxana Hadadi

I don’t exercise enough (or, you know, at all), I eat far too much ice cream, and I basically survive on Diet Coke and nachos from the cafeteria on American University’s campus, where I’m enrolled as a graduate student. I guess the food pyramid doesn’t really apply to me.

All those bad choices, and my avoidance of drinking water—like, ever—mean that when the temperatures start getting cooler, my lips start getting gross. Even a slight drop the weather outside equals a dried-out texture and intense flaking, and since any more description would just get more revolting, I’m going to stop now. But if you’ve ever had chapped lips, you know how frustrating they can be: any pigmented lip color shows off the imperfections, and matte lipstick is out of the question. Because most matte shades are drying anyway, putting those on top of already-dry lips is a terrible choice.

So how to combat that issue? Well, drinking water is imperative, of course, and it’s around the fall season that I try to wean myself off my soda addiction. And beauty-wise, the process can be that simple, too: In the mornings, I start off with a lip scrub (either from Laura Geller, or LUSH’s Pow Wow or Bubblegum flavors, which I’ve discussed on About Face before), and then choose from a variety of lip balms to keep my lips moisturized and smooth. Clinique’s Chubby Sticks are an About Face-approved personal favorite, both in the original color range and added shades, but I like having options from other brands, as well—who doesn’t?

So which lip balms are part of my cooling-weather arsenal? Products from L’Oreal, Burt’s Bees, Mad Gab’s, Josie Maran, and more are all on my list—for my picks and swatches, read on!

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