5 Must-Have Beauty Balms for Fall & Winter 2014

5 Must-Have Beauty Balms for Fall & Winter 2014

The weath­er is get­ting cool­er and dri­er in many places around the world (even here in hot, humid Dubai) and it’s time to start shift­ing our skin care rou­ti­nes slight­ly. If you are prone to dry, itchy, or flaky skin in the cold­er months, then the­se all nat­u­ral and organ­ic beau­ty balms are your must-have heroes for keep­ing your skin pro­tect­ed and mois­tur­ized.

Natural Skin Balm Swatches | Epic Beauty Guide

Pic­tured Left to Right: Weleda Foot Balm, Eliz­a­beth Dehn for One Love Organ­ics Vit­a­m­in E Eye Balm, One Love Organ­ics Skin Sav­ior Beau­ty Balm, Indie Lee Cal­en­du­la Eye Balm, Kahi­na FEZ Hand & Body Balm

Natural and Organic Beauty Balms & Salves

Weleda Foot Balm, $14

This balm is less thick and slight­ly more oily than most balms and salves, and is quick­ly absorbed, even into the tough­est of cal­lus­es. It con­tains olive fruit, myrrh, and cal­en­du­la extracts to keep feet fresh, mois­tur­ized, and soft­ened. This is ide­al for swol­len, red, tired feet. The slight­ly cool­ing and anti-inflam­ma­to­ry effects help your feet to recov­er quick­ly. Apply it gen­er­ous­ly, let it absorb, and pull on some warm, cozy cot­ton socks to hold in the sooth­ing, soft­en­ing ingre­di­ents overnight.

Eliz­a­beth Dehn for One Love Organ­ics Active Mois­ture Vit­a­min E Eye Balm | Epic Beauty Guide

Eliz­a­beth Dehn for One Love Organ­ics Active Mois­ture Vit­a­m­in E Eye Balm, $48

The tex­ture of this slight­ly off-white balm is a bit dri­er and crumbly look­ing than oth­ers, yet once you put a tiny bit on your fin­ger, it begins to melt into a rich­ly mois­tur­iz­ing, silky, and skin nour­ish­ing potion. And I love the scent! It smells slight­ly sweet and faint­ly of flow­ers and licorice, which ever so slight­ly lingers on the skin (tru­ly, it’s love­ly). It con­tains organ­ic shea but­ter and high con­cen­tra­tions of eye­bright, pome­gran­ate, gin­seng, and licorice for mois­tur­iz­ing, bright­en­ing, and light­en­ing under eye cir­cles and sun dam­age. Organ­ic fen­nel is also infused into this for­mu­la for its anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, anti-puffi­ness prop­er­ties. Take a tiny bit onto your ring fin­ger, press your two ring fin­gers togeth­er to melt the balm, and dab gen­tly under your eyes. Tip: apply this on top of your pim­ple spot treat­ment to pre­vent flakes and dry­ness and help the post-inflam­ma­to­ry pig­men­ta­tion (the clas­sic red, pink, or pur­ple a pim­ple leaves behind) dimin­ish faster.

One Love Organ­ics Skin Sav­ior Water­less Beauty Balm | Epic Beauty Guide

Pho­to cour­tesy of One Love Organ­ics

One Love Organ­ics Skin Sav­ior Water­less Beau­ty Balm, $68 for the biggest size

This mul­ti-task­ing, long-last­ing balm is a skin care favorite year after year. You can use it as your first step in dou­ble cleans­ing and as your final mois­tur­iz­er to lock in the potent ingre­di­ents of your favorite serums. This lux­u­ri­ous balm con­tains cold-pressed plant oils, rich man­go but­ter, and super­crit­i­cal extracts of chia, oat, and vanil­la for pro­tect­ing your skin’s acid mantle/barrier func­tion and sooth­ing your skin. Quick tip: after you fin­ish apply­ing this to your face and/or body, use the remain­der on your fin­ger­tips to smooth down any fly­away hair.

Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm | Epic Beauty Guide

Pho­to cour­tesy of Indie Lee

Indie Lee Cal­en­du­la Eye Balm, $42

Anoth­er super long-last­ing beau­ty balm, this one is lighter weight and specif­i­cal­ly tar­gets the eyes for increased elas­tic­i­ty, bright­en­ing, and mois­tur­iz­ing for the pre­ven­tion of dehy­dra­tion lines and fine lines. This charm­ing glass pot con­tains man­go seed but­ter, cal­en­du­la oil, and laven­der oil. It’s creamy tex­ture is silky and light and melts right into the del­i­cate skin of the eye area. Won­der­ful under eye make­up too!

Kahina FEZ Hand and Body Balm | Epic Beauty Guide

Pho­to cour­tesy of Epic Beau­ty Bar

Kahi­na Giv­ing Beau­ty FEZ Hand & Body Balm, $48

This rich, thick balm is incred­i­ble for the tough­est, dri­est bits. The high con­cen­tra­tions of argan oil, cal­en­du­la, car­rot seed, shea but­ter, and man­go but­ter improve elas­tic­i­ty, smooth your skin’s tex­ture, and soothe red­ness. The earthy, exotic san­dal­wood, rose, and ylang ylang scent is calm­ing, stress reliev­ing, and not over­pow­er­ing. If you are prone to dry patch­es, der­mati­tis, or eczema, this balm is a must-have in your beau­ty cab­i­net.

Have you tried any of the­se beau­ty balms yet? Have any balms you rec­om­mend? Leave a com­ment telling us about it!
~Steph  x

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