Balms: The Beauty Products That Really Can Do It All (Seriously!)

Moisturizing skin care balms are the ultimate beauty fixers. Read on for five creative uses for these wonder products, and check out all our favorite balms. 


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Say hello to balms! In addition to hydrating dry spots, these versatile products have many surprising uses. Elle Leary, a celebrity makeup artist in New York City, shared five out-of-the-box ways to apply balms.


  1. Mix with loose eye shadow pigments for the perfect dewy blush—especially in winter.
  2. Swipe a bit of balm over any frizzy area to smooth flyway hair.
  3. Add a couple of drops of a natural essential oil (such as rose or lavender) to balm and use as a face mask. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes for baby-smooth skin.
  4. Apply a pea-size amount of balm to each finger to soften and remove cuticles.
  5. If you have extra-dry skin, blend balm with your favorite foundation to make a nourishing tinted moisturizer.

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One Love Skin Savior, $49

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CeraVe Healing Ointment

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Dr. Jart Ceramidin Oil Balm, $35

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Jurlique Love Balm, $10

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Boscia Sake Balm, $46

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Concentrate, $28

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Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom

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