My name’s Bella and I’m a balmaholic…
Of all skincare products, balms must be my favourite and the more niche and natural and never-even-heard-of, the better. That’s why at last count, I had nine on the go in rotation. Of these nine, there are six I use on a daily basis. Yep, I said DAILY. The thing is, they all do slightly different jobs and have slightly different textures. Balms are troubleshooters and with my schizophrenic skin, they’re what I turn to first when my chin goes flaky or I need to bring down the mother of all eruptions. Here are six I suggest you get acquainted with (from left to right)…
1. As the name suggests, Dr. Lipp original nipple balm for lips (£11.50 at Lookfantastic), was created with a very specific purpose in mind, but the 100% natural medical-grade lanolin (derived from sheep’s wool) is perfect for soothing very dry, cracked or sore skin anywhere on the body.
2. Lucas Paw Paw Ointment (£7.90 for two at the Pawpaw Shop), soothes literally ANY skin ill and works a dream on bites or scrapes. Emma keeps team Ladyland fully stocked from trips back to Oz, where it’s made, but you can source it in the UK via a few official importers.
3. Continuing the international theme, I asked Clem to bring me back this French pharmacy classic from a recent trip to Paris and as you can see, it’s been well used! Homeoplasmine ( £9.95 at Escentual), is a homeopathic balm favoured by backstage make-up pros. It’s the perfect consistency to fix flaky patches or create sheeny skin because it’s non-greasy and sinks in fast.
4. This one’s a new addition. I’ve fallen for the natural rose scent and thick, beeswaxy texture of De Malmiel Rosey Lip Balm (£13 at De Malmiel) and have been dabbing it on over lipstick to make the texture more dewy.
5. Warning: Dr Jackson’s Coconut Melt (£10 at Liberty) smells so good you (or small people riffling through your handbag) might attempt to eat it. A little pot of pure, coconut oil goodness which has supremely nourishing, softening qualities. It also doubles as a nifty eye make-up remover, should you get caught short.
6. Last but by no means least, the amazing Smile’s PRID Homeopathic All-Natural Drawing Salve (£6.80 at Bioeva). I tracked this down after reading about it on Refinery29. It’s a staple in the first aid kits of hunting and fishing lodges in the US, but works wonders on acne too. A natural ointment made of sulphur, arnica, echinacea and carbolic acid, it has an old-fashioned medicinal smell and thick texture which takes down redness and shrinks spots fast.
Photography: Bella Binns