Pucker up.

Pucker up. .

Chapped lips? Not cute. 

Dating Sunday is upon us. It's that time of year where everyone realises just how alone they are and decide to do something about it. This Sunday (Jan 6), is the busiest day of the year for dating apps. On that day last year,  Tinder made 44 million matches. 

Getting date night ready can be pretty unachievable in the winter. You want to shave your legs but it's kind of the only season where you really get to let those babies grow. You want to dress cute but it's too cold and you want to appear kissable but your lips are chapped. 

While we can't offer any advice bar "suck it up" for the first two struggles of dating, we can help you with those chapped lips. Your lips are in pretty bad shape and you've got the dropping temperature and central heating to thank for that. Not only are chapped lips a nightmare to look at but they hurt like hell so even if your date is willing to ignore your dry lips, you're going to be in pain, should they kiss you. This year, don't let your lips misbehave. Instead, invest in one of these trusty lip balms. Your date will thank you. 

For When Your Lips Need Constant Hydration

Beeswax Lip Balm, €4.99, Burt's Bees @ Boots 

If your lips need constant care, you're going to go through a lot of lip balm. That's why this one from Burt's Bees is the perfect option. It's cheap enough that if you have to replace it, it won't set you back but it's also super effective. The wind-up tube is travel-friendly meaning you can bring it with you everywhere. The texture is thinner than more expensive options but that doesn't make it any less hydrating than the others. The brand also comes in a variety of flavours and tints for those days when you don't want to commit to a full lip. 

For When Your Lips Need Some Serious TLC

Reve De Miel Lip Balm, €12, NUXE @ Arnotts

This right here is magic. The Nuxe Reve De Miel is a cult classic amongst beauty fiends and after one use, it's not hard to see why. It's super rich and thick in texture and it gets to work straight away. We recommend applying this as lip mask before bed in order for it to truly work wonders on your lips. You'll go to bed a chapped lip mess but wake up with a smooth, hydrated pout. 

For When Your Lips Are Feeling A Little Sensitive

Balm Dot Com, €12, Glossier

Glossier know what they're doing when it comes to skincare and that's why this stuff really is the bomb. The lip balm is hydrating and long-lasting meaning you're getting serious value for money but it also contains antioxidants and natural emollients that specifically work to nourish and repair chapped lips. They come in a variety of scents (our favourite is Birthday Balm) but for sensitive lips, we recommend the Original Balm as it's unscented and hypo-allergenic. 

For When Your Lips Are Chapped, But Not That Chapped

Dr PAWPAW Scrub & Nourish 2-in-1 Lip Sugar Scrub & Original Balm, €7.95, Meaghers Pharmacy

If you don't already use a lip scrub, then you need to start. Lip scrubs are the best way to remove dead skin from your lips. This one from Dr PAWPAW is the stuff of dreams as it comes with both a scrub and hydrating balm. First, apply the scrub to your lips and rub in a circular motion to remove any dead skin. Next, use a damp cotton pad to wipe clean. Finally, apply the hydrating balm to protect the lips. The stackable pot is inspired by Korean beauty technology which combines olive oil and aloe vera to soothe and soften your lips, whilst also conditioning and protecting them for ultra-comfort. 

For When Your Lips Are Feeling A Little Dehydrated

Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm Certified Organic, €10, L'Occitane

The first thing we do when we step out of the shower is slater our bodies in shea butter so it only makes sense for us to do the same for our lips. This balm from L'Occitane is enriched with fair trade Shea Butter (10%) which is just enough to reintroduce moisture to your lips. It also contains Cera Alba which repairs and protects chapped lips.

For When Your Lips Are Beyond Repair

Honey Lip Scrub, €8.50, Lush

If your lips have thrown the ultimate tantrum and you don't have time to wait a day or two for your lip balms to kick in, then it's time to call in the big guns. Lush's lip scrubs can fix just about any lip, no matter how damaged. You can use the product alone by applying some of the scrub to your lips and rubbing in a circular motion. However, if your lips need some serious work, take a new toothbrush, apply some of the product to the brush and scrub away. Follow up with a lashing of the lip balm of your choice and voila! irresistible lips.

Happy kissing! 

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