Is there anything as good as reaching into your bag and discovering a long lost beauty product you were totally obsessed with before it sunk into purse oblivion? If this scenario sounds familiar and you're now asking yourself, "Does lip balm expire?" I've got the answer! It's not quite as simple as yes or no though, and will require you to do a little ingredient scanning.
Lip balm does expire, but there isn't a "one time fits all" expiration date. When it comes to lip balms containing sunscreens and skin protectants (i.e. zinc oxide or titanium dioxide), both ChapStik and Burt's Bees recommend tossing the balms after one year.
If your lip balm doesn't have any SPF or sun protectant ingredients, you'll have to play detective to determine if your balm is still safe. Anthony Youn, M.D. told Shape, "Be sure it doesn’t look or smell funny ... It's possible that bacteria and fungus can grow on old lip balm." Ew. No thank you.
In case your lip balm meets one of the descriptors above and it's time to toss it, I've pulled together some totally epic lip balms I'm totally obsessed with from indie retailers. They're all in super bright and springy flavors, and a perfect way to celebrate the upcoming warm weather!
1. Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm
Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm, $5, Etiquettes
This tint full of sweet almond oil leave the perfect sheer pink tint.
2. Watermelon Lip Balm
Watermelon Lip Balm, $3.50, PuurBody
Bright, fruity, and 100 percent vegan!
3. Strawberry Lip Balm
Strawberry Lip Balm, $3.75, TheBeesWaxyKnees
Pure berry bliss.
4. Tangerine Lip Balm
Tangerine Lip Balm, $2, SpaAndBodyByKHR
All the tangy OJ feels.
5. Spring Peach Lip Balm
Spring Peach Lip Balm, $10, MoonriseCreek
I live for spring and summer peaches, and this balm captures all that goodness.
6. Tutti Fruitti Moisturizing Lip Balm
Tutti Fruitti Moisturizing Lip Balm, $2.91, BahariBlossom
I mean, can anyone even try to resist this?
7. Tea Rose Lip Balm
Tea Rose Lip Balm, $3.50, Blushie
Like rubbing spring's first blooms on your lips...
8. Lemon Meringue Pie Lip Balm
Lemon Meringue Pie Lip Balm, $4.48, Eclair Lips
For those that require a burst of sweetness.
9. Lavender Lemonade Lip Balm
Lavender Lemonade Lip Balm, $3, HonestyNaturals
Possibly more refreshing than a glass of lemonade!
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