| Pucker up... and more? How your handbag lipbalm may actually be useful for you in other ways too.
Multi-purpose balms are a product that everyone should have in their handbags or in their pocket. They are good for the skin and have a multitude of different uses that can help you in any number of situations.
What is a multi-purpose balm?
Multi-purpose balms have a similar texture to Vaseline, but with much nicer ingredients - typically beeswax or coconut oil, along with lovely plant extracts. They are a lot more oily in texture than a cream, and are real multi-taskers. You can put them to work on your skin, your nails, your hair...
How can I use a multi-purpose balm?
As a lipbalm
These multi-purpose balms are great at soothing and softening chapped lips, or even just adding a bit of shine.
As a brow tamer
Brushing a small amount of multi-purpose balm through your brows will set those hairs the way you want them.
To soften dry skin
If you have dry, cracked skin anywhere on your body, a multi-purpose balm will get to work at softening and soothing it. It's especially great for things like dry elbows.
To tame your hair
If you have a lot of flyaway hair, rubbing some multi-purpose balm onto your palms, then smoothing down your hair with them, will make everything look much sleeker. These balms are also great on the ends of your hair to hide split ends.
To aid sunburn
If you've been burnt but don't have any after-sun to hand, applying some multi-purpose balm to the area will keep it moisturised and stop it from peeling.
As a cuticle softener
If you have dry, hand cuticles; or nails for that matter, rubbing some multi-purpose balm on them is a good way to inject some moisture and nourish them.
For when you have a cold
Prevention is always the best remedy, so when you have a cold starting, apply some multi-purpose balm to the entrance of your nose to prevent it getting red and sore when you blow your nose.
To protect your skin from hair dye
If you dye your hair at home, you'll know that getting dye stains on your skin along your hairline and on your ears is a real problem. Apply some multi-purpose balm to these areas and it will act as a barrier to stop the dye staining.
If you add a multi-purpose balm to your life, it will change your world. Three of my favourites are the classic Dr Paw Paw Original Balm, the Rodial Glam Balm Multi and the Moa Apothecary The Green Balm. If you are a fan of multi-purpose balms, let us know how you use them by sending us a Tweet to @fashionfixdaily
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