Even a short ride in this week’s Arctic climate can leave your lips dry, chapped and sore. That’s why protective lip balm has to be the beauty product most likely to make it into your saddle bag. Adele Mitchell headlines our heroines:


Clinically proven to offer four hours of long lasting moisture with one application, this twist-up 100% natural ultra-hydrating lip conditioner is packed with Kokum, Shea and Cocoa Butters. The formula contains more butters and less wax than others resulting in a balm that melts on the lips to leave them super soft and supple.


A moisturising gel that you can apply straight from the tube without the ‘drag’ of a stick balm. It contains Essential Rose Wax, Ceramide 3 and Shea Butter to protect and hydrate plus Maxi Lip Complex to plump your pout and smooth fine lines. Not cheap but coming from one of the best loved skincare brands, you can expect five star performance.


Kiehl’s have been making their original SPF4 balm for forty years, but reach for this one with SPF15 instead because lips are particularly prone to UV damage, whatever the time of year. This lip softening blend comes in clear or peach toned variants and you can apply straight from the tube so you get to keep your gloves on.


I have raved about Lanolips before, but it’s so good I’m going to mention it again. Containing 100% ultra pure grade lanolin (sheep swear by it) this multi-purpose ointment targets chapped lips in an instant and is fragrance and colour free, vegetarian and suitable for sensitive skin. Five tinted variants, formulated with spf15 and Vitamin E, are also available.

Inspired by skin-soothing Eight Hour Cream originally created in 1930, this luxurious gloss in a portable squeeze tube with a slanted lip applicator is easy to apply on the go and very effective. With eight essential vitamins and minerals, a high level mix of emollients to help seal in moisture and UV filters, this one will indulge your lips with a sheer shine.

Headline image by [moth] via Flickr.