The Splurge is our new weekly column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are actually worth it. This week, why we're rebuying Dr. Barbara Sturm Lip Balm, despite the $55 price tag.
We have serums that nearly erase wrinkles from our foreheads and conditioners that repair years' worth of damage from constant bleaching and highlighting. Why in the world is it so hard to find a lip balm that stops your lips from cracking and chapping in the dead of winter? It's a question that I ask myself every year, as I wince at the pain that comes along with the crack down the center of my bottom lip.
Luckily, things (mostly the moisture levels of my lips) are on the up this January, thanks to my recent discovery of Dr. Barbara Sturm Lip Balm.
The brand's Calming Serum was the only product that wasn't burning off my irritated skin for quite some time, and it totally reduced the redness I was dealing with on my cheeks, so a lip balm — one that was marketed to soothe and deeply moisturize — piqued my interest immediately.
The formula is packed with occlusive emollient ingredients like lanolin and bee's wax. These ingredients are meant to trap the moisture inside the skin so it doesn't evaporate. It's also made with emollients like coconut oil, avocado, and shea butter, which soften, soothe, and moisturize at the same time. Then, the addition of vitamin E is meant to provide antioxidant protection to keep your lips healthier and stronger in the long run.
It's packaged in a tub (which isn't my favorite, tbh), but the effective formula tops my preference for tubes. The creamy balm glides over your lips and feels like it's sinking right into the cracks that need it the most. It provides just the right amount of shine if you usually go bare-lipped, but also layers well under a satin lipstick.
I started using the tub when I was dealing with flaking and splits on my lower lip. They were seriously painful, and when I was stressed, I couldn't stop myself from picking (gross, I know) at them. Within a week of using this balm morning and night with 1-2 touch-ups per day, the flaking was gone and evidence of my lip crack had nearly vanished. Apart from the obvious fact that it worked, I love that it isn't made with unnecessary fragrance or dyes because I don't need my lips to smell like an English garden.
If I had to call out a downside, it's the price tag. Given that most lip balms ring up to $3 at the drugstore, a $55-lip balm is beyond shocking. At the same time, I haven't really had much luck with most of those inexpensive buys. In my opinion, curing chapped lips is worth the cash, so when my tub inevitably runs dry, I won't have an issue adding this back into my shopping cart.