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Welcome to our big lip care test 2022. Here we present all the lip care products that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best lip care for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a lip care product.




Summary

  • The skin of the lips is very thin and sensitive and requires special care.
  • With the help of lip care products, your lips are moisturised and protected from external influences.
  • When choosing your lip balm, pay attention to the ingredients. Certain substances can be harmful to your health.

The Best Lip Care: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a lip care product

Who is lip care for?

Dry and chapped lips can affect anyone. Especially in winter and summer, the skin on the lips is particularly stressed. But the skin on the lips of children, senior citizens or pregnant women also tends to dry out.

Tender lips are considered attractive by both women and men. (Image source: unsplash.com / Luka Davitadze)

The skin on the lips is particularly sensitive. It is thin and not protected from external environmental influences by a horny layer like other parts of the skin. Cold temperatures, heating air and UV radiation can damage and dry out the thin skin.

The reddish colour of the skin on the lips shows how thin it is. The blood vessels shimmer through directly under the skin layer.

Among the numerous different lip care products, there is something for every situation and every type. But caution is advised: The wrong lip care can even aggravate the skin on your lips. To prevent this from happening to you, we will show you in this article what you should look for in lip care.

What does lip care consist of?

When choosing your lip care, it's a good idea to pay attention to the ingredients. It's best to choose lip balms that are made from natural ingredients like beeswax and vegetable oils and butters.

Products based on mineral oils can harm your body and are even considered carcinogenic and mutagenic. But you can rest assured, because there are now many products that are based on natural substances such as olive oil or shea butter.

Many lip care products contain additional colourings and fragrances. These do not add to the care, but leave a light scent and colour on the lips. If you are allergic to these ingredients, you can use other lip balms without them.

What do I want to use the lip balm for?

The repertoire of applications for lip care is large. Depending on the ingredients, you can achieve very different effects with lip balms. Basically, lip care should serve to protect your lips from drying out.

However, it can also fulfil other functions. Lip balms can add volume, shine, fragrance and colour to your lips. Lip balms with hyaluronic acid make your lips look fuller. You can also apply them as a nourishing base under your lipstick or lip gloss.

Snow reflects the sun's rays in winter. Therefore, you should also use a lip care with UV protection. (Image source: unsplash.com / louis tricot)

In winter, the motto is: lots of oil, little water! Since snow reflects UV rays in winter, you should also use lip care with UV protection. But beware! Lip care products from summer are not suitable because they contain too much water.

Unlike other parts of the skin, the lips hardly produce any melanin, which protects the skin from UV radiation. A special lip care prevents the skin from sunburn and protects it from drying out. The care should have at least an SPF of 15, 20 or 30 are better.

In combination with the right sunscreen, you won't have to worry about the sun any more.

Can I use lip care for skin diseases?

Lip care can have a soothing and healing effect on skin diseases and irritations such as herpes or neurodermatitis.

Children in particular often lick their lips, which can lead to so-called lip lick eczema. Special care products containing Licochalcone A are particularly suitable against this. This substance has an anti-inflammatory and regenerating effect.

With neurodermatitis, the corners of the mouth are often chapped. A special lip care product can protect your skin from drying out and relieve the feeling of tension.

The right lip care can also help lips that are stressed by herpes. Such lip care products can also be applied as a preventive measure when your lips start to itch and become tight.

Can lip care be addictive?

It is often said that lip care is addictive. If you look for an answer to this, the statements are very different.

On the one hand, you probably get used to the soft feeling of your lips. Then, if you haven't applied lip balm, your lips feel comparatively dry, but they don't have to be.

On the other hand, the mineral oils in some lip balms make your lips feel soft, but they tend to dry out your skin. As a result, you have to reapply lip balm over and over again.

Can lip balms be harmful to your health?

Like almost all cosmetic products, lip balms can contain ingredients that can be harmful to your health.

Various ingredients such as PET, paraffins and parabens, among others, make the skin barrier of the lips permeable to harmful substances. It is also suspected that some ingredients can be carcinogenic, mutagenic and allergenic.

The video explains how certain ingredients in lip care can harm your body:

When you ingest food and drink, or lick your lips with your tongue, substances from lip care products enter your body.

This is not a big deal if the substances are not harmful. You can find more detailed information about harmful ingredients in the 'Ingredients' section.

How much does lip balm cost?

The different lip care products vary in price depending on the type and manufacturer.

The table shows you the price range of each product type.

Product type Price range
Lip balm 0.60 - 10 euros
Lip balm 1 - 20 euros
Lip cream 3 - 20 euros
Lip butter 3 - 20 euros

Of the product types shown, the care stick is the cheapest product. The price range for the other variants is much wider.

Decision: What types of lip care are there and which one is right for you?

If you want to buy a lip balm, you can choose between these three types:

  • Lip balm
  • Lip cream
  • Lip balm
  • Lip butter

The different types of lip balms vary in their application, packaging and each has a few advantages and disadvantages. To make it easier for you to make a purchase decision, we will present the products in more detail here.

What distinguishes a lip balm and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Lip balm is probably the most common type of lip care. Like an ordinary lipstick, the contents can be twisted in and out. With a little pressure, the lip care is applied to the skin.

Advantages
  • Easy application without fingers
  • lips are moisturised
Disadvantages
  • May break off
  • A residue remains in the lower part

You texture of lip balms is mostly rather waxy and somewhat firmer. In daily use, the lip balm is very practical, also because you don't have to use your fingers to apply it.

Often there is a residue in the bottom of the lip balm that you can only apply with your fingers or an applicator.

What distinguishes a lip cream and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Lip cream differs from the other three lip care products in that it has a higher water content. Therefore, the cream is not suitable for winter.

Advantages
  • Easy to apply with fingers
  • lips are moisturised
Disadvantages
  • Should not be used in winter
  • hands should be washed before application

The cream is usually found in tubes or tins and is applied with the fingers or with the tube. When applying with your fingers, you should wash your hands beforehand.

What are the characteristics of lip balm and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Lip balm usually has a more intensive effect than the other products and is therefore good to use on chapped and cracked lips. The texture is essentially softer than that of the lip balm.

Advantages
  • Available in different containers
  • Particularly intensive care
Disadvantages
  • Hands should be washed with fingers before application

You can find the balm in tins, tubes and also packaged as a stick. Depending on the container, lip balm can be applied with the fingers or with a stick. When applying lip balm with your fingers, you should wash your hands first.

What are the characteristics of lip butter and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Lip butter is probably the greasiest of the four variants and protects the skin particularly well from drying out thanks to its lipid-replenishing effect. The consistency is rather creamy, a bit like a mixture of lip balm and lip balm.

Advantages
  • Re-greasing effect
Disadvantages
  • Hands should be washed with the fingers before application

Lip butters are usually in small tins and are applied with the fingers. Be sure to wash your hands before use to avoid contaminating the product.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate lip care products

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible lip care products.

The criteria you can use to compare lip care products include:

  • Ingredients
  • Seal of approval
  • Effect
  • Packaging & quantity

In the following paragraphs, we will explain to you what is important in the individual criteria.

Ingredients

Like many other cosmetic products, lip balms can contain ingredients that make the skin permeable to toxins. You should therefore make sure that the substances contained are of natural origin.

The following substances often used in cosmetics can be harmful to your skin and body:

Ingredient Function and effect
Parabens Parabens are often used as preservatives. They are known to have hormonal effects on the body and are suspected of being carcinogenic.
PEG PEG often acts as an emulsifier in cosmetics. It makes the skin permeable and is also suspected of causing cancer and allergies.
Softeners you can recognise softeners by the suffix -phthalate or if the product contains alcohol. These substances can affect hormones.
Mineral oils Mineral oils can be recognised by the terms paraffin, mineral oil or microcristalline wax. These oils are often cheaper than the vegetable ones and can harm the liver, kidney and lymph nodes.

Many people swear by the use of petroleum jelly as lip care. But this is made from residues from petroleum processing and can contain substances that are harmful to health.

Seal of approval

When buying lip care products, it is best to make sure that they are certified as natural cosmetics. This way you can be sure that the product does not contain any of the harmful ingredients mentioned above.

If the product is also labelled vegan, the use of animal products such as milk, beeswax and honey has been avoided in the production process. Furthermore, the products have not been tested on animals beforehand.

By using certified natural and vegan lip care products, you are doing something good for yourself and for animals.

Effect

The effect of lip care depends on the type of product and the ingredients. Natural lip care protects the thin skin of the lips from drying out and from external influences such as cold and UV radiation.

Products with beeswax are particularly suitable for chapped or cracked lips. Beeswax has both a moisturising and disinfecting effect. Vitamin E ensures good blood circulation in the skin and also protects it.

The effect of vegan products is just as good as that of non-vegan ones. Shea butter, jojoba oil or olive oil are used here as a base and care for the delicate skin of the lips. In addition, the vegan products have not been tested on animals.

Some lip care products contain fragrances and dyes. These give your lips a colour and make them smell good. However, if you are allergic to these substances, it is better to use products without fragrances and dyes.

Packaging & quantity

Lip care products are usually packaged in sticks, tubes or tins.

The sticks are made of plastic, but there is also packaging made of partly recycled plastic. Lip cream, lip balm and lip butter are available in plastic tubes and jars as well as in glass and tin cans.

Depending on the packaging, the amount of product contained inside varies. Sticks usually contain 5-7g of lip balm, tins 8-20g. The tubes usually contain 5-10g.

Facts worth knowing about lip care

How can I make my own lip care?

Making your own lip balm is not that difficult. You only need a few ingredients and one or more containers to fill the mass later. In the following, we will introduce you to two variants, one with and one without beeswax.

With just a few ingredients, you can easily make your own individual lip care. (Image source: pixabay.com / silviarita)

The great thing about it is that you can determine the ingredients yourself. So you decide what goes on your lips. Beautifully packaged, the homemade lip care is also perfect as a gift.

The video shows you how to make lip care with beeswax. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 30ml apricot kernel oil (you can also use jojoba oil or olive oil)
  • 5 drops of geranium oil (or other essential oil)
  • 10g beeswax
  • 30g coconut butter (you can also use shea butter or cocoa butter)
  • 10 drops of vitamin E (variable)
  • Empty cream jar or an empty pen container

If you prefer to make a vegan lip balm without beeswax, we have the following recipe for you. For 50g of lip balm you need:

  • 20g coconut oil
  • 30g shea butter
  • A few drops of almond oil
  • An empty cream jar

Preparation:

  1. Heat the coconut oil and shea butter in a water bath until the ingredients have melted into each other.
  2. Remove the container from the water bath and add the almond oil.
  3. Fill the mixture into a cream jar and let it cool.

The lip balm should not be stored above 25°C, as it does not contain beeswax. It is best to store the balm in the fridge during the summer.

How can I break the lip balm habit?

First of all, avoid licking your lips. This dries out your skin and you'll be more likely to go back to skincare products.

Switching to natural lip products can help you break the habit. (Image source: pixabay.com / silviarita)

You should also avoid lip care products that contain mineral oils. Instead, opt for certified natural cosmetics that actually moisturise the lips and use them less and less.

Image source: pexels.com / Burst

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