Yes, as embarrassing as it is to admit, those are my lips.
My husband and I moved to the desert about three years ago and my lips are not happy about it. The dry air and high summer temperatures cause them to shrivel. Only dried prunes are jealous of the contours of my lips.
As such, my lips are rarely without a generous coating of moisturizing balm and I’m always trying new ones.
Enter Neutrogena’s Revitalizing Lip Balm.
It comes in six shades and retails for $8.99.
What first intrigued me was the product’s “exclsuive ion2complex technology.” Apparently, ion2complex is supposed to not only moisturize your lips, but improve their texture and increase their rosiness with one week of use.
Skeptical? Yes. But then again, my lips need all the help they can get.
I also liked that it came in an assortment of colors. Most lipstick is far too drying for me to wear here during the hot, summer months. So a lip balm that adds a splash of color to my naturally pale lips gets a big plus.
Lastly, the balm contains sunscreen SPF 20. The skin of the lips is very delicate and can get skin cancer. It surprises me that more companies don’t add SPF protection to their lip products. But I digress…
I tried the revitalizing lip balm in the Sunny Berry shade.
The end result: I love it.
It glides on very smooth and isn’t waxy like a lot of balms. I can feel the protective layer of moisture on my lips, which is exactly what I’m looking for.
The added color is great. It is definitely not as vibrant as a lipstick or high pigmented gloss, but it gives a nice, natural-looking color boost that I greatly appreciate.
And, of course, I love the SPF protection.
Check out the before and after pic again. That nicely summarizes the benefits.
The only drawback: I don’t care for the shape of the container. Rather than the standard circular tube of most balms, this one comes in an oval-shaped tube. While this may not present a problem for ladies with full lips, I do struggle a bit when applying it to my thin lips. A mirror is a must so that I don’t end up with product outside my lip line.
The downside of the oval tube, however, pales in comparison to the product’s benefits. It won’t prevent me from purchasing the lip balm again when this tube runs out.
Some ladies have commented on Neutrogena’s website that it made their lips tingle. However, I don’t notice any tingle when I use it.
I give Neutrogena’s Revitalizing Lip Balm a big thumbs up!
It’s hard to say if it actually improved the texture of my lips, because 1. I’m rarely without any sort of balm on my lips and 2. it probably wasn’t designed with desert living in mind.
But it moisturizes great, adds a nice touch of color, and protects my lips from the sun! All-in-all, I was very pleased with the purchase and will purchase it again when this tube runs out.
Because I was so pleased with the lip balm, I purchased a second tube as a giveaway for one lucky reader. The shade is Soft Petal.
To enter, complete the entry form below and leave a blog comment telling me your #1 beauty tip for keeping your lips as luscious as possible! (Please note: Your comment will not show until I have approved it. This is to prevent spammers from leaving useless comments all over my blog.)
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Great lip balm helps
Yes it does!
i always apply sunscreen on my lips before I go out-wearing a great lipstick helps, too!
Yes, sunscreen is so important on lips. Yet they don’t seem to get as much attention as applying sunscreen to the rest of the body.
Avoid licking your lips and use lip balm whenever they start to feel dry.
Great tip Denise! Repeatedly licking your lips actually dries them out, which is why flavored lip balms should be avoided.
I actually started using a lip scrub a while back and it helps a lot!
I used to have chapped , dry lips….. I use lip balm every couple of hours every day
now my lips are soft
I brush my lips when I brush my teeth, it helps..
I use a soft toothbrush to exfoliate my lips and then put some coconut oil on them.
I use a lip scrub 2x a week. 🙂
I wish I had a great tip. I use lip balm every day, a few times a day. I did hear/read that using balm all the time stops your body from producing its own moisturizer, therefore needing more balm.
by putting on a tiny bit of sunscreen on my lips when going out in the sun then putting on chapstick
honey plus sugar makes an amazing lip scrub and tastes good.
My smooth lip tip is to always put on an extra moisturizing lip balm before bed. You don’t eat or drink at night so it has a chance to really sink in.
I exfoliate my lips after I get out of the shower and immediately put on moisturizing lip balm.
i put a little scrub on my lips and work it in with a tooth brush. leaves them soft and smooth
My number one tip for lips is to drink plenty of water. I’ve been using lip balm everyday for as long as I can remember. I’ve done many things to improve the condition of my lips but ultimately staying hydrated works the most wonders.
I make sure to use lipstick with sunscreen.
I love using Too Faced Lip Injection..it’s a bit on the pricy side but a little goes a long way and it makes my lips look super full and lush!
I like to keep them moisturized during every season because they dry out so easily.
Always use chapstick.
I always try to use a lip balm that has a sunscreen.
my tip is I always keep some kind of lip balm on them all the time
I use Vaseline on my lips to keep them smooth.
I keep my lips moisturized with lip balm
I use an eos lip balm several times a day
My lip tip is to use aloe vera juice. I get the jug of pure aloe vera juice and I drink a small amount daily for internal help. Before bed I use a cotton swab to douse my lips with aloe vera juice applying a moisturizing beeswax based lip balm afterwards.
Stay hydrated and DON’T LICK YOUR LIPS! It’s the worst thing for your lips. Plus, I always keep a thick lip balm on at all times.
staying hydrated keeps my lips looking the best
my tip is to make sure you keep them moisturized. Especially if you’re out in the sun.
I try to stay well hydrated and exfoliate my lips regularly, then apply a moisturizing balm.