The One Beauty Product You Absolutely Need to Have for Winter
My cracked cuticles, chapped lips, and dry knuckles and elbows can attest. The arrival of winter would be an absolute tragedy for my skin if it wasn't for salve. In my opinion, the multi-use product is the one thing you absolutely need to buy once the cold weather hits. It's the MVP of winter skincare.
In the event that the word "salve" throws you for a loop, it's just another word for balm. These thick, sometimes gloopy, ultra-moisturizing products can be used for an astonishing amount of beauty issues, but their main claim to fame is quickly healing dry, irritated patches of skin, whether that's on your lips, heels, or near your nostrils after a particularly bad cold. Think of them as intensely hydrating ointments.
Aquaphor is probably the salve you're most familiar with (the brand claims it can even be used on minor scrapes and burns!), but there are so many different options out there made with different hydrating, reparative, and soothing ingredients. Keep scrolling for five multitasking salves you won't regret buying this winter — #1 being the newest addition to my handbag.
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This moisturizing marine algae salve helps relieve irritation on dry skin and lips. It's also available in a tinted version if you want something that acts as a lipstick, too.
Dr. Pawpaw Original Multipurpose Soothing Balm
Fermented pawpaw is the ingredient that gives this clean, natural balm its healing, moisturizing properties. Get this: The brand claims it can even be used as a diaper cream.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
This cult-classic tube is a life-saver for quickly soothing and moisturizing dry patches of skin, specifically elbows and knuckles. It's a little greasy, but it's so incredibly affordable and gets the job done.
Farmacy Honey Savior All-in-One Skin Repair Salve with Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey
Known for its healing, soothing benefits, honey is the star ingredient in this multi-use balm. Combined with natural oils and waxes, it can help alleviate irritation and dryness on your facial and body skin, though it isn't marketed for your lips.
Honest Beauty Magic Beauty Balm
Jessica Alba, you did good. This little compact is filled with a solid balm that can be used as a lip, cuticle, or skin moisturizer. And because of its dewy finish, it even doubles as an intensely hydrating highlighter.