It's taken me about 10 years to finally realise that a certain petroleum jelly really doesn't do much for me! I've moved away from greasy products that sit on top of your lips to getting a decent lip care routine in place and these are 4 products guaranteed to give you softer lips.
Lush Lip Scrub, £5.50
I have a pretty un-seasonal Santa colour-flavoured Lush scrub, however it just goes to show how long these last! It can get a little messy but before bed I give my lips a firm but gentle scrub with this sugar-based formula over the sink. It does a really great job of removing dead skin from the surface of my lips without being too harsh.
Essentially a miracle product but one that's far too white and creamy to wear during the day. So after I use the Lush lip scrub (around once a week) I apply a good layer of this overnight and my in the morning my lips are unbelievably soft.
Dr. Pawpaw Original Balm*, £6.95
For in-between more intensive treatments and to keep moisture-levels up I use the Dr. Pawpaw balm. It has a non-greasy, clear formula that sits comfortably on the lips (though no product should be this hard to squeeze out of the tube!) You can easily wear this underneath lipstick (without ruining the finish) and this is my go-to for the daytime. This is a multi-purpose balm but I do find it works best on my lips. It's a little rich for me to use all over my face however I've applied it overnight to dry patches around my nose and it worked really nicely at leaving these areas soft and supple by the time I woke up the next morning.
For a super-casual day I often just throw on one of my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments for a combined subtle lip colour and some nourishment for my lips. I find this formula kind of like a stick version of the Dr. Pawpaw, as it feels so similar on the lips. Vice versa, if these are a little outside your price-range or they're too tricky to get hold of, definitely try the Dr. Pawpaw (which I've spotted in Boots stores). You can see my full review and swatches of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments here.
What are your favourite products for soft lips?