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Some people have problems with dry lips, and some of those people are men. Lip balms had been shunned by men for years because of their resemblance to lipstick. Some naturally have a lip gloss effect, because of their moisturizing nature. So most men shied away from them, while women didn’t mind. Then many manufacturers made the situation worse by using feminine scents and designs. Rather than provide suitable lip balms for men, some manufacturers tried to promote feminine scented lip balms, as so called “unisex” products. Now manufacturers are finally giving men’s lip balms another chance on the market.
For some men, lip balms are a medical necessity to treat dry, cracked lips. They do this by moisturizing. If lips are not dry, because they’re well hydrated, then they won’t crack. The effect of excessive dryness, is like when riverbeds crack from droughts. The causes of dry lips could be side effects from medications, environmental effects such as pollution, sun damage or the weather, diet, allergies or sensitivities such as with toothpaste etc. The lipstick form of lip balm is most convenient when out in public, which is ironically when you don’t want to be seen putting it on.
Some lip balms have sunblock like zinc oxide, but often sunscreen is used due to the difficult ingredient limitations posed by the need for avoiding colorization of the lips and the high likelihood of swallowing. But it’s wrong to assume all lip balms have sun protection, because there are many that have none at all. It has been said that most wrinkles are caused by the sun, and that the lips are prone to one of the first signs of subtle aging. Using a lip balm with effective sun protection might help to prolong the youthful healthy appearance of lips.
Brickell Men’s No Shine Lip Balm
This organic lip balm for blokes, has SPF15, and protects against UVA and UVB rays. It also protects lips from the drying effects of harsh winds. The organic olive oil moisturizes lips, while the organic bees wax seals in moisture, so moisture is retained to keep lips soft and hydrated for longer. There’s no artificial ingredients or industrial byproducts used in the formula. The ingredients do contain oil extracted from the seeds of marijuana, so you should ensure you’re not breaking local laws by possessing this. It has a macho minty flavor and won’t make your lips seem lip glossed.
It doesn’t leave visibly obvious residue on lips and has a scent admired by many men. It is fast absorbing into lips with a taste that most blokes find refreshing without leaving a bitter mouth taste. It improves the look of men’s lips without a glossy feminine look, though there is some slight shine. It might not work for all men, but it appears to work for most men. It seems to be designed more for preventing chapped lips rather than improving the healing of existing damage. So don’t expect faster healing, but do expect better prevention of future chapping.
Moisture Fix Lip Balm For Men
Another lip balm that claims no shine, yet has a slight shine. This one moisturizes lips then seals in the moisture for a longer lasting effect. It is flavored with mint and eucalyptus, but the scent isn’t strong, which is a plus for those that are easily annoyed by such. There’s no lauric oil, which is quite comedonic for those with acne prone skin. It’s a light feeling balm with a cool lip soothing touch. Surprisingly a noticeable number of women really like this men’s lip balm, hopefully that won’t cast doubt over whether it really is a manly balm.
Some users said they don’t reapply the balm as often as with some other lip balms. Another buyer contradicted this, claiming frustration at reapplying the balm too often. It’s understandable that some circumstances such as cold winds can cause more frequent lip dehydration. The balm is good at moisturizing without a greasy side effect. Less grease or wax, means less ability to seal in moisture. You can’t have the best of both worlds. If you want less shine it means less moisture locking wax, so naturally you’ll need to reapply often, depending on what conditions your lips are exposed to.
Chapfix Lip Balm for Men
This lip balm stick, which is made in the USA, is great for pocket carriers because it’s flat, not a bulging pipe sticking out from your side. It’s not the only flat lip balm on the market. But this one is different, it lacks a nice flat oblong shape, it’s squarish. A few people find a squared lip product, feels awkward. But most people don’t mind, perhaps the benefit of having no pocket pipe bulge outweighs the odd shape. The company ought to consider adopting the flat oblong shape instead. Despite being flatter it’s a large size of lip balm.
The large size and shape help distance its’ appearance from women’s lipstick. The design helps prevent balm getting trapped in the lid. There’s a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15. This lip balm shouldn’t make your lips feel covered in wax. The minty scent even helps a bit with bad breath. But it seems the flavor integrity is vulnerable to being adulterated. Women have found the scent appealing on men, and some ladies even use it themselves. The duration of the moisturizing effect will depend on your circumstances: some people have many hours while others have only around one hour.
Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm
This balm comes in gel tube form, which makes application easier, but don’t expect it to last as long as a concentrated stick balm. The lid is also vulnerable to coming off in your pocket, potentially oozing gel through your clothes. Despite being a lip balm intended for men, this one is supposed to make men’s lips softer. It’s hard to understand why they don’t make more men’s products that make skin tougher and stronger, rather than soft and supple. Maybe that’s why some ladies use it themselves. It does however have ingredients to help protect lips from outside elements.
In an ironic twist to the antioxidant ingredients, the gel does contain some controversial ingredients, despite the expensive cost. It has a scent similar to lime, and doesn’t feel like wax on your lips. The balm has a gloss shine, which might be unacceptable for many men. It can work for some people that have allergies with other lip products. For a few men it didn’t provide decent lip hydration. Others said the hydration doesn’t last long. The need to apply the balm more frequently has annoyed some buyers. If the downsides don’t bother you, than you might like this.
Duke Cannon Balm Tactical Lip Protectant
You won’t be mistaken for using lipstick while applying this big tube. Rather you might be mistaken for putting glue stick on your lips, especially with the bright orange color that’s reminiscent of the purple color used in some glue sticks. Seriously a number of guys have experienced disturbing reactions with this. So you’re strongly advised to carefully select the colourless version. Makes you wonder why they offer orange anyway? Well apparently some genius thought it would be macho cool for warmer conditions, in other words the orange one doesn’t melt as easily. That almost makes the weird color worthwhile..
This minty lip balm is made in the USA with natural ingredients. It has been tested by soldiers.. The company generously uses some of the revenue from this product, to help American army veterans. So rest assured that by buying this balm, you’re helping a good cause for brave men and women who’ve given much for their country. It has sun protection with an SPF 15 rating, and won’t melt out of shape if left in a hot car up to 110°F. Some women also use it. Folk really like it, with size and shape being the only common complaints.
What to Look For
Unless you prefer the hermit lifestyle, sun protection ought to be a top requisite for your choice of lip balm. Your lips are one of the first subtle signs of aging, with most wrinkles caused by the sun, sunscreen might help you look younger for longer. Organic ingredients also help prevent harm, and may slow lip aging. If you want something long lasting, sticks are concentrated, but liquid tubes don’t melt in your car, unlike most sticks. Does pocket bulge bother you? Try a flat stick or tube of gel balm. Be careful of glossy shine if you’re a guy.
Most lip balms were mint flavored and few had alternatives. Balm sticks are a bit more popular than flexible tubes of gel. Sticks last longer because they’re concentrated, but can melt out of shape or ooze into a slimey puddle. Few manufacturers offer flat sticks for pockets, and only one made the top five. Natural plant based ingredients are popular, but sometimes these are mixed with chemicals. Most of the top balms strived to minimize feminine lip shine, but none were completely shine free, and some were worse than others. Results varied depending on skin type and personal health.