15 Uses for Lip Balm You've Never Heard of

The use for lip balm is more than just protecting your lips. Discover 15 little known uses for this common product in our article.
15 Uses for Lip Balm You've Never Heard of
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 26 May, 2022

Lip balm is designed to protect the delicate skin of the lips from damaging factors in the environment.

It helps lips retain their natural moisture, reduces the presence of dead cells and creates a protective barrier against free radicals and the damaging rays of the sun.

However, lip balm is useful for so much more than just protecting your lips. There are a ton of alternative uses that take advantage of its unique composition, texture and properties.

Because so many of these alternative uses aren’t widely known, we’re going to share 15 of the best below so you can start taking advantage of them.

Don’t miss out!

1. Soothe wounds and insect bites with lip balm

Thanks to its soothing moisturizing properties, lip balm is great for treating small scratches or superficial skin injuries.

It soothes irritation, reduces itching and speeds up the healing process.

In fact, it’s great for relieving the discomfort caused by the bites of mosquitoes and other insects.

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2. Protect your face from the sun


The protective effects of lip balm are useful not only for the lips but can also be used to protect the rest of the face from the harmful rays of the sun.

While it’s not as good at protecting your skin as sunscreen, it can be used as sunblock in an emergency.

Be careful not to rub the area around your eyes because this product may cause irritation.

3. Hide scratches on leather


Rubbing some lip balm on leather items will hide scratches and other damage.

Use it on shoes, bags, belts, furniture and any other item that’s starting to look dull and damaged.

4. Start a fire


If you’re having a hard time getting a fire started, generously apply some lip balm to a cotton ball and light it.

It will instantly burn and will last a lot longer than a regular match.

5. Make a candle


Insert a toothpick, matchstick or piece of twine to create a candle for use in case of emergencies.

6. Lubricant



Because it contains oily compounds, lip balm is great for lubricating zippers, screws and other metal items that easily get stuck.

7. Container


An empty lip balm container can be used to store other compounds like toothpaste, soap, wax and petroleum jelly.

8. For frizzy hair


A little lip balm on a brush or comb can help fight frizzy hair.

Use it in high humidity to make your curls’ definition last longer.

9. Secret hiding place


An empty lip balm tube is the perfect hiding place for money and other items of value.

10. Prevent blisters


Some shoes are made with materials that can be harsh on the skin and cause painful blisters.

When this happens, take some lip balm and apply it to the affected area.

11. Professional looking makeup

Its creamy texture makes this product perfect for lending a professional-looking touch to your makeup.

Take a little and mix with some eyeshadow before applying.

You’ll look like a million bucks!

12. Perfect eyebrows


Sometimes eyebrows can get bushy and look unkempt, despite combing.

To get them to stay in place for the perfect look, rub a little lip balm on them to keep them looking perfect.

13. Fix makeup mistakes


When applying makeup, it’s not unusual to make a few mistakes or need a touch-up.

To avoid having to remove your makeup completely, just rub the area where you want to remove makeup with a little lip balm before rubbing clean with a napkin

14. Longer lasting perfume


Make your perfume last longer by applying a little lip balm to the area before spraying on your favorite fragrance.

15. Soften your cuticles


If you’re performing a manicure on yourself and you don’t have anything to soften your cuticles, rub a little lip balm and let it work for a few minutes.

It will not only soften them, but it will also provide them with a little extra moisture.

Are you ready to take advantage of all the uses this simple product has to offer?

Now that you know a few of them, don’t wait to start using them to make your life easier.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.