Lately I’ve been thinking about all these smaller, and arguably more ignored, parts of every grooming routine and I realized that I’ve actually written very little about lip care for men. What was I thinking?! Just in time, along came one of my favorite personal brands, Carmex and I was all too happy to oblige in getting to know more about what the brand had to offer.
First things first…caring for your lips is an essential part of your grooming routine. Ironically, lips require more conscious care than most of us really devote to them. And if you’ve done any level of smooching in your day then you know that your boo always appreciates moisturized and supple lips. No one wants to kiss the Sahara Desert, you know what I’m saying?
If you’re like most guys I know, you’re more than likely just licking your lips to keep your soup-coolers moisturized but it turns out that really doesn’t help that much at all. Just think about how many times you’ve licked your lips to wet them to find that you’re licking them again in the next 15 minutes because they’ve started to feel dry again. Does that sound like you? Yep, me too. That’s why lip care is a must.
Lips are constantly vulnerable to the environment, harsh weather conditions (hello winter in NYC) and all the foods and liquids you consume on a daily basis. Labios need a little extra love.
Personally, I try to opt for products that have some SPF for protection from the sun’s rays as well as other softening and herbal ingredients. Carmex employs a few like cocoa butter and beeswax. And there’s no forgetting the inescapable camphor influence that leads to that tingling sensation the brand is so well-know for. And yes, Carmex does boast mineral oil (or petrolatum) in their formulations but I’ve never had any problems with mineral oil in lip care so it’s not something I avoid in all instances. It’s all just a matter of personal preference I suppose.
Over the years the brand has updated itself to include a variety of flavored lip balms which are great because they’re also unisex and not too glossy. Just be sure not to over apply gents or you will likely end up looking like you’ve just had a really greasy friend chicken dinner from the corner deli. That’s not a good look.
I have tried the original, cherry and strawberry flavors all of which were great. None of them are too fragrant or glossy which makes them great must-haves for guys or girls. And one thing I love about Carmex is how they have expanded their products to include not only the classic jar they are known for, but also modern squeeze tubes and sticks. There’s the option to use whatever method with which you’re most comfortable and that is pretty cool. Carmex products are readily available as most major stores nationwide and will only set you back a couple of bucks which makes the brand an overall great value too.
Don’t forget, lips need love too.
Disclosure: Products for review were provided courtesy of Carmex. All opinions discussed herein are mine and mine alone.