A tube of trusty lipbalm can go a long, long way. By Alyssa Dhaliwal
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1. Moisturising your cuticles
If you’re at work now, or even on the way home, a quick glance at your nails will probably reveal that your cuticles are looking a little dry and wrinkled. It’s natural, and a result of our spending hours upon hours a day in air-conditioned offices. All you need to do is whip out your lip balm and give those cuticles some attention!
2. Highlighting your cheeks
This one is a neat trick for giving your cheekbones an incredibly natural glow in a pinch. You just need to dab a little on with your fingertips, and pat to blend it in. You can even combine some shimmery eyeshadow with your lip balm to make a soft and dewy highlight of your own! As a disclaimer, this unfortunately works best if have normal or dry skin. As long as your cheeks don’t get a lot of shine on their own, feel free to bust out the trusty balm.
3. Keeping your brows in place
If you don’t have a brow gel of your own and those hairs have gone rogue, dab a little lip balm on your fingertips and smooth your brows into place. Don’t go overboard as your brows might end up feeling greasy. You just want the tiniest amount to tame them!
4. Soothing a nose rubbed raw
Have you ever had a terrible cold and found that days of blowing your nose into tissues has made your nose very raw and sensitive to the touch? If this happens to you, you can actually use a lip balm to coat and protect your nose so the skin is soothed and there is less friction to make it worse.
5. Keep your skin from staining
This handy trick is great for when you’re trying out DIY hair dyes at home. If you’re afraid of the hair dye staining the perimeter of your face, you can take some lip balm and rub it into the skin near your hairline. This will make the dye a lot easier to wash off without leaving behind any semi-permanent discolouration! You can also use this trick when painting your nails, so that any nail polish that gets on your cuticles and skin can easily be wiped off.
6. Help prevent blisters
If you’re wearing a pair of new shoes that rub against your heels or pointed shoes that pinch your toes, lip balm is a really great way to “lubricate” the spots on your feet that are going to get blistered. I’ve done this plenty of times when out wearing uncomfortable shoes and unable to find a blister plaster. You’re going to have to reapply it every hour or two, but it’ll help a lot with the comfort levels of your feet.
A version of this article first appeared on www.herworldplus.com.