Skin Care

By Bryce Longton

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Balms are the baking soda of the beauty world; they do double (sometimes triple!) duty and are worth their weight in gold. Not only that, but they are economical in size, perfect for travel and easy for everyday use. So save those bottles and spillable creams for your bathroom cabinet, and get ready to fall in love with a fabulous, portable balm.

From Clinique Medical, a must-have for oh-so-sensitive winter skin is Dry Spot Balm. This ultra-hydrating lip and facial spot balm stands up to the harsh winter wind, as well as the constant moisture-depleting radiators that are on blast from November through March. The concentrated marine botanical extracts help reduce redness, irritation and dryness while the fortified and super-high-tech formula creates a barrier between your skin and the elements. All this in one little balm!


Built like an extra-large glue stick, this 100 % organic standout from Revolution boasts 22-uses: relieving chapped lips, nourishing dry cuticles, calming skin irritations, smoothing flyaway hair (and eyebrows!) and even preventing stretch marks. While the stretch mark claim may be a stretch (zing!), if only due to the tiny size of the tube, which weighs in at .5 ounces, and would never be enough to last a few weeks, much less an entire pregnancy of marks, the product really does make good on its claims. It smoothes out nails, hair, elbows, and heels. Also, this balm works just as well on babies as adults, because all the ingredients are all organic and natural: cocoa butter, shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, apricot oil and essential oils.


For thirsty skin everywhere, Pur Balm is made for the rough spots. Cracked heels? Check. Sandpaper elbows? Check. Static hair? Check. Ragged cuticles? Check. It’s all-over-moisture where you need it most.


Smells like: roses in bloom. Quality of fine champagne. The Rose Balm by Terry is a cult-favorite amongst Terry’s Parisian and American devotees due to its lovely fragrance and the non-sticky lip and nail treatment it delivers again and again. Addicts report that fine lines disappear and lips look plumper after use.


Balms Away Eye Makeup Breakup balm is packaged in a sweet blue and yellow tin and takes balming to a whole new level: It removes eye makeup as well as moisturizes lips and cuticles. Take a dollop of the balm and gentle apply in circles to eyelids, give it 30 seconds, and wipe away with a tissue. Voila! Cleansing and moisturizing, all in one product.


Grandma Minnie’s Boo-Boo balm is a skin-friendly, “ouchless,” antibacterial, antifungal ointment that soothes scrapes, eczema, insect bites and minor burns. While alcohol disinfectants dry out skin, this balm softens and moisturizes. It’s safe for infants, those with severely dry skin, nursing or pregnant moms as well as those with skin allergies.


Originally published February 2009



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