Weird (but Awesome!) Ways to Use Lip Balm

by Eden Univer

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So obviously lip balms are supposed to be used on your mouth (giant duh-we know), but if that's the only place you're using them, you're seriously missing out. The soothing formula and tacky consistency of the beauty basic are actually really handy for a load of other ailments. So let's start making that lip treatment work a little harder, shall we? Here's what it can do:

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Groom your brows.
If you're out of brow gel, or just don't feel like buying some, lightly tap a little lip balm along your brows as you brush them into place. The texture of the balm will help keep them from straying without making them feel sticky.

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Treat frayed cuticles.
In a pinch, you can rub a little lip balm onto dry cuticles in lieu of an actual nail treatment. It'll help to moisturize the area and keep peeling pieces down, so they don't snag on anything.

Tame flyaway hairs.
While lotion is the oft-suggested quick fix for flyaways, that can be a really easy way to make your hair look super greasy. Lip balm, on the other hand, keeps baby hairs down without actually being visible on your stray strands.

Stop high heel chaffing.
The waxiness of the balm is a great barrier for your skin against the friction of new and painful shoes. Just rub a bunch of balm wherever you're feeling the burn. And it's a good idea to try a potted version that you can apply with your fingers, so you're not rubbing an applicator directly onto your foot. (Germs = ew.)

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