Winter Skin Care

This $4 Lip Scrub Stick Has 4K 5-Star Reviews, and It Cured My Dry, Cracked Lips in a Day

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Not to be dramatic, but this winter has been a fiery hellscape for my skin and lips. In January, I moved to Salt Lake City for the winter. The skiing and mountains? Fun! The bone-dry, desert air/whipping winter winds/some of worst air quality and smog in the nation?? Not so fun! It's been actual torture for my sensitive, prone-to-dryness lips.

Chapstick, Vaseline, vitamin E, a bowl of ice water for dunking my lips into repeatedly like a dehydrated duck—I've tried it all, to no avail. In an act of desperation, I began googling sugar scrubs and lip masks to save me from such crusty misery, only to stumble across a drugstore dark horse with a little over 4,000+ 5-star Amazon reviews. For $4, this miracle stick promised to smooth and soften my flaky lips, leaving my pout better than normal overnight. After scrolling through rave review after rave review, I strolled into my local grocery store to give it a whirl, and I'm so glad I did.


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Allow me to introduce you to the Revlon Kiss Exfoliating Balm, a sugary super hero no set of chapped lips should ever go without. You can get it on Amazon, CVS, Target, right here on W+G—however you decide to get it, just get it—I promise, you won't regret it (and neither will your wallet.)

As soon as I got my exfoliating balm home I opened it up and gave it a good swipe. Woah—talk about a good first impression. Each stick is formulated using a nourishing blend of minty sugar crystals that melt into your lips as you swirl. Since it is so sugary, the texture is a bit rough at first. Pro tip: don't go swiping it back and forth willy nilly like a normal Chapstick expecting it to do something. You have to press it down into your lips, scrubbing it in a circular motion to melt those crystals and unleash the balm's nourishing powers. Only then will you, too, achieve soft, flake-free lips, grasshopper.

Anyway, I did this, circling it round and round until my lips were coated in a sweet, minty glaze of sweet relief. It tasted good—those sugar crystals do more than buff out dead skin—but it felt dreamy. For the first time in weeks, my lips felt like they were finally getting the TLC they'd been begging for. I admired my glossy pout in the mirror and went on my merry way.

It's impressive how long this stuff lasts, too. For $4 a pop, you'd expect to have to apply over and over again, right? Wrong. That first swipe lasted me about two hours, only to come off after eating dinner. Afterwards, I buffed on another round which lasted a little longer, and then added one more before I went to bed for a good night of sugary soaking. The next morning, my lips literally felt brand new, as if they hadn't been chapped in the first place. Winter who?? It's truly a miraculous little stick worth every penny of that $4.

And I'm not the only one who has been converted into a Revlon Kiss Exfoliating Balm believer. Like I said, the thing has more than 4,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, praising it for its melt-on-your-mouth soothing sensations that turn crusted kissers into rose petals in a few hours, flat. Here's what they say:

  • "Every lady should have this in their makeup bag and another beside your bed to use before you sleep as that’s when your lips are doing the most healing!" 
  • "This stuff is magical and must be sprinkled with fairy dust. It goes on gritty because of the sugar crystals but they dissolve pretty quickly... My tween daughter and I just love them and will keep buying them."
  • "No lip balm ever felt like it moisturized except this one... This takes that awful scaly skin off dry lips and actually makes them soft, hooray!"
  • "Good bye overpriced $18 Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, you’ve been dethroned! Revlon beat you with a product that is both moisturizing and exfoliating, that I can use any time of the day without standing at a sink!"

You see what I mean? This stuff lives up to the hype. Take it from me, Queen of the Lizard Lips, who now never leaves home or hits the hay without a layer of Revlon Kiss Exfoliating Balm.

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