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Liptastic ways to get your lips ready for autumn by Ruth Boon

The American journalist and writer, Jim Bishop, author of the best-selling book The Day Lincoln Was Shot, once said, “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” I couldn’t agree more. Autumn is a sacred time of the year. We leave behind the scorching, hot days of summer and prepare for a new way of life. There is tangible change in the air: we open our doors to wind, rain and a slight chill; we begin to crave more substantial food and drink such as roasted chestnuts and warming cinnamon lattes.

Like the leaves turning shades of red and golden brown on the trees, our bodies are adjusting too. Our lips, dry, cracked and sensitive from the rigors of the summer sun, crave moisture. There is nothing quite as pleasurable as relieving those lips from the hot summer sun as we transition into autumn. As we wrap up in more layers and cosy up by fires with friends and family, it’s important to remember the very things we use to keep us chatting with our loved ones…our lips!

Having a handy lip balm available in your handbag or the pocket of your autumn coat to fix those chapped lips is a great idea. As a committed vegan, I’m always on the look out for 100% vegan, cruelty-free products. I’ve recently come across Vegan Green Bee’s Natural Lemon Lip. It’s beeswax-free, cruelty-free, 100% vegan and it’s zesty and naturally moisturising too! Made from soft cocoa butter and coconut oil with lashings of zingy lemon, I’ve been using it to refresh my lips in the morning and to soothe them throughout the day. It’s a perfect kick-start for my lips on chilly mornings as I get ready for the day ahead and to apply before I set off for work in the evening. The kick of citrus is a definite happiness boost that reminds me of summer days! And in a recyclable aluminium pot there’s no guilt attached.

If you’re the kind of girl who can’t leave home without your lippy, the best news is that being colourless this balm is perfect for underneath or over the top of your lipstick. Or, if like me, you prefer a more pared back look, the balm is great for natural looking lips too. This autumn I will be keeping Jim Bishop’s quote in mind and keeping a little bit of gold in my pocket in the form of this lip balm.

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