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I suffer with quite dry lips, especially in the colder weather and I usually use vaseline to keep my lips in shape, but if I have a cold or sometimes when my allergies cause my lips to become very sore I need something a little more than vaseline. During such times I use Blistex to offer relief and help heal my lips.
Blistex reflief cream is a medicated lip cream designed to soothe chapped and dry lips and to help with cold sores.
*********Price and availability*********
Blistex is easily found in most chemists and super markets. I last bought mine in Superdrug for £2.25 for a small 5g tube.
I think the price I paid is a good one, it is a little more expensive than the lip balms I usually use but it is a medicated product that gives better results than an ordinary lip balm and has the added extra of being good for cold sores.
The lip cream comes in a small screw topped tube of blue white and red and it is packaged inside a small piece of plastic mounted onto a piece of card. The packaging seems to have been updated recently, I remembered it being in a blue and white box with a picture of lips, but when I bought it more recently it came with a purple cardboard backing with a large red circle with the words blistex in it.
The packaging is reasonably eye catching, but I wouldn't buy the product for this reason alone
*********Using the cream*********
The cream is a pale yellowy colour which does not look particularly attractive when you squeeze it out of the tube, but the product is colourless when on your lips. There is a slight smell to the cream, a little menthol and kind of how you expect a hospital to smell but it is so slight that it does not bother me.
The texture is thick and creamy.
When using the cream a small blob is sufficient to cover you lips.
It does not tingle or sting on dry lips, but when my lips have been very cracked and sore I do get a slight tingling when applying the cream but it settles down quickly.
The cream glides easily onto your lips and it is very simple to get a nice even coverage.
I find that I need to reapply the product throughout the day around every 3 hours or more, or sometimes after eating or drinking I need to use it again.
The cream is small enough to fit into a pocket or bag so that you can keep it handy. It does not seem to be affected by body heat if you keep it in your pocket all day.
I find that this cream instantly soothes my lips and I typically only need to use it for a day to cure seriously dry lips. I'm very happy with the results of this product and have not found another one on the market that does the job as well as Blistex does.
I have not used this cream for cold sores, but it was recommended to me by a friend who did use it for this purpose and found it effective.
*********Would I recommend this?*********
I would recommend Blistex relief cream to others as it really does offer fantastic relief for sore lips
I suffer quite often from cold sores and sore chapped lips especially in winter. One of my favourite creams for when my lips are particularly sore and painful is Blistex cream. This little tube of cream used to be called Blisteze but has been called Blistex for a while now and is just the same formula it has always been.
The cream comes in a little metal tube with a red plastic lid and costs in the region of £2.25 which gets you 5 grams of cream. 5 grams may not seem a lot but it lasts me quite a long time especially considering that when I am using it I am applying it nearly every hour. I do have a bit of a problem with the metal tube in that even though I only squeeze it gently and I only use what I need to cover my lips the tube will continue to squeeze out cream after I have stopped squeezing it which does waste quite a lot of the cream. The tube also tends to crack and rip when it is nearly finished which again caused cream to be wasted by coming out of the cracks when squeezing it.
You can tell the cream is medicated as soon as you open the lid and smell the cream. It has a heavily medicated scent to it but this isn't an unpleasant smell and it actually has a slight peppermint smell to it which isn't surprising considering that it contains peppermint oil as one of its ingredients.
The cream has a really greasy feeling to it and you really do only need a little bit as it goes on the lips so smoothly. The best thing about Blistex relief cream for me personally is that it really does offer immediate relief against the pain of cold sores and severely dry chapped lips.
Zovirax might be the best thing for healing cold sores from the inside out but it doesn't give the pain relief that Blistex offers. The cream leaves my lips immediately hydrated and lubricated which does mean that I can actually open my mouth again without my lips cracking more and causing pain. As well as the relief from the lubricating of the skin the cream also has a slight numbing effect which for anyone who suffers the pain of cold sores and dry cracked lips you will know that even a slight numbing is a blessed relief.
Blistex works by not only relieving the symptoms but also by killing bacteria on the lips stopping the infection from spreading. If you have cold sores and cracked lips you can spread the infection by touching the area etc. I find it hard not to keep touching the area even though I know it's bad for me so Blistex really helps with stopping the area becoming even more infected.
You are supposed to use Blistex every hour at the start of any symptoms. I find that I actually need to use the cream every hour because although it gives amazing relief it does tend to rub off really quickly. The cream doesn't seem to absorb very well and most of it sits on the top layer of the skin and it does come off when drinking, licking your lips etc.
Because it is so greasy it also makes my lips look really shiny and as if I am wearing a lip gloss of some kind which as a man isn't ideal.
Although Zovirax is probably the better medical treatment for cold sores I find this works just as well at treating cold sores and cracked lips. Because it keeps the area so well hydrated the cold sores and cracked lips don't tend to crack and bleed like they can do with Zovirax. This stops the virus from spreading so if I catch it early enough and use it regularly then the Blistex can contain a cold sore and stop it from getting bigger and spreading to other parts of my lips.
With the seasons changing I find that I can have flare ups of my sensitive skin and this can cause problems for me, one of which is getting cracked and chapped lips. I am usually quite good at keeping my lips lined with lip balm or chap stick but sometimes I can slack off, particularly when walking to and from work, this leads to my poor lips suffering and needing a little TLC!
Blistex relief cream is a product I first saw in Boots when browsing the aisles and I paid around £2.60 for this. The current price is £2.85 which I believe is reasonable for the quality of this product.
This Blistex relief cream comes in a cardboard box and the cream itself is provided in a tube. Application is easy enough as you just need to remove the lid and then use your finger to apply this. I guess you could apply direct from the tube if you had a mirror to hand but I often don't so have been using my fingertip to ensure an even application on my lips only.
This cream smells medicated and it doesn't have a nice fragrance to it really. I would not say that the smell is too off putting thought as I can be quite sensitive to scents but I have had no problems using this at all. This is a thick cream and is an almost white colour.
When I first apply this cream to my lips it seems to get to work straight away. I feel like my lips are a little sore upon applying but this gets to work very quick and I can feel my lips becoming more soothed within just a few minutes. The cream applies well and my lips feel much more hydrated, smoother and fresh in appearance.
Within a couple of days of applying this regularly my lips felt drastically improved. Within a week of using this regularly my lips looked back to normal and I was back to my haphazard application of lip balms and chap sticks when I remembered or had them to hand. I have ended up using this cream a couple of times over the winter months and I have been very pleased with the quality and how well it deals with chapped and cracked lips.
The only downside I have is that the cream while thick in consistency does come out of the tube quite quickly and if I am not fast at replacing the lid there is some wastage which disappoints me considering the price of this.
If you suffer from lip related skin problems during the colder months then I would definitely recommend this for you. I have been very pleased with the quality of this cream and despite the wastage when I use it I will definitely continue to use this in the future for chapped lips. I was pleased when I found this in Boots and the relief is almost instant. The price is a little more expensive than similar products but for the quality of this cream I am willing to pay a little bit more.
Blistex Relief Cream
---------- Introduction ----------
Now that it's winter again, and the colder weather has certainly started to kick in, it's that time of the year when my lips start to get sore. Normally when this happens, I just rub on a bit of Vaseline and that seems to do the trick. But this year my lips were in worse condition then I've ever seen them. Although normally they get sore, my lips were cracked to the point that they even started to bleed. I immediately started hunting round the house to try and find some lip product stronger and more effective then Vaseline, and I came across Blistex relief cream in the back of my cupboard.
---------- About Blistex Relief Cream ----------
Blistex relief cream is a cream that is used to help cure cracked, chapped, and sore lips. It can also be used on cold sores. You just apply the cream whenever you feel like your lips need a bit of extra care.
---------- Packaging ----------
The cream comes in a small white tube with a red lid. To use the cream you simply unscrew the red lid which reveals a small hole where the cream comes out. To get the cream to come out you just gently squeeze the tube. One thing I have found with the packaging is that when you unscrew the lid the cream comes out before you've even squeezed the tube. And sometimes it can come out too fast and you end up wasting the product. I still don't know why the cream comes out before you've even squeezed it, but it does, and it can be very annoying. On the tube it tells you basic information such as directions for use, and ingredients.
---------- Using the Cream ----------
The cream itself is whitish, and it has a weird smell, it kind of smells like that stuff you use to unblock your nose, but it also smells a bit like mint as well, I must say that I actually like the smell! To use the cream I just squeezed a small amount onto my finger, and then rubbed the cream onto my lips. When applying the cream, you kind of get a tingling sensation, it's not unpleasant though, it's actually quite nice!
---------- Result ----------
I can honestly say, as soon as I had applied the cream, I had already noticed an improvement! After a few days of use, my lips have definitely made a huge improvement. They are less chapped and cracked, and although they are still a bit sore, they are definitely on the mend. I am very happy with the results of Blistex, and will definitely continue to use it.
---------- Price and Availability ----------
As I said earlier in the review, I just found Blistex relief cream in one of my cupboards, but I looked it up and you can buy the cream from different places, one of them being Boots at the price of £2.85. I find this price to be reasonable seeing as the cream helped my lips a lot.
After being recommended this product by quite a few friends/family members due to suffering with dry lips very frequently, I thought I would try this product and give up on my ever so loyal tub of vaseline!!!
On first use I thought this product was amazing it seemed to moisturise my lips, leaving a soft tingling sensation, really helped to cool the burn and stop the dryness for a few days.
After using this product for about a week I noticed I had the beginnings of a cold sore (which I had only ever had once before years ago). This cold sore was so incredibly painful and ended up taking up half of my mouth. I went to the doctors who told me it could have been the blistex lip relief. Due to Blistex being a product to prevent cold sores the Dr said sometimes it can have a reverse reaction - this is what happened in my case.
I must be honest I thought the cream was a beautiful texture, softened lips and the tingling sensation felt lovely.
For any frequent cold sore suffers I would suggest not using this product.
I am sure this product will be loved by many others but for me I think I will stick with my friend - VASELINE.
I get really dry lips, and used to think that vaselien was the only answer, and the absolute holy grail until I found this! I was so happy with my vaseline that I wouldn't have bought this myself, but I had really dry lips at work one day and a colleague of mine gave me some of this to try as I had left my beloved tin of vaseline at home. I wasn't expecting much, but gave it a whirl anyway and I was really impressed, and have since bought my own.
The lip cream costs around £2, but if you shop around you can find it even cheaper, I have even seen it in Poundland before. If I see it again I will be stocking up! The cream comes in a very minature squeezy tube, just like toothpaste but much much smaller and daintier. The nozzle has a screw on and off lid. At first glance the tube looks tiny and you think you will use it up in no time at all. This isn't necessarily the case as you only really need to apply the tiniest bit to your lips for it to work it's magic.
The cream is very thin and almost has a shimmery effect. It is beige in colour and nice and soft. I apply the tiniest bit to my finger and then rub it into my lips. It feels cold to the touch and almost a bit tingly, but instantly soothing and reals really good to have on. After a few applications you can notice how much less you have to apply it and how much softer your lips feel in between. It also looks better on your lips as they get a bit of a shine rather than a greasy covering.
Another plus side to this cream is that it doesn't make my chin greasy. I know this sounds crazy but vaseline seems to slide down my chin and make it greasy and spotty! This does not. This is an undisputed 5* product!
Recently I undertook a twenty mile charity walk with my church; all is well and good and we raised a fair amount of money for a worthwhile cause - a teaching hospital in Vellore which one of the local couples set up. However, this left me with a problem. You see, I've done that walk every single year for about 9 years now and we have never had an occasion where we haven't been up to our knees in mud and it's usually been raining. Never has it been sunny. But this Bank Holiday was different. It was glorious, which was a lovely change and made for a very nice walk indeed. But this plonker had forgotten to bring suntan lotion, lip protection or for that matter a hat. Needless to say I got rather badly sunburnt, mainly on my face and my lips. A very nice couple gave me some Aloe Vera Gelly, and my pub barmaid suggested Blistex for my lips.
You will probably know Blistex by its original name Blisteze, granted I didn't know either name but that's probably just me. The company was set up in 1947 as a small family run company that developed lip care products in the United States, it has since become a private company in Oak Brook, Illinois where it still creates mostly lip based balms and creams. They do however also produce some medications for tooth ache and acne. Over the years they have become well known as producing high quality products and are widely retailed across the world.
===The Relief Cream===
The relief cream is Blistex's only product which they market as a medical healing product. It's really aimed at relieving cold sores and cracked, chapped or sore lips, but I took it as granted that sunburn must fit under at least one of those headings! The medication in the cream is mainly a strong ammonia solution, an aromatic ammonia solution and liquefied phenol. I find the ammonia slightly odd considering that strong ammonia solution is a poison, and the only medical reason for using aromatic ammonia that I can find is as smelling salts for fainting but you're still not meant to put it on your skin. This is slightly puzzling considering you are putting this stuff onto damaged skin to start with. The liquefied phenol makes more sense as this is an analgesic meaning that it will relieve any pain or discomfort on your lips whilst also being an exfoliant and ethanol is a disinfectant. Other than this it also includes white soft paraffin and lanolin which are conditioners.
You're meant to put it on as and when you need it but they suggest hourly for cold sores. It seems a little disappointing to begin with as it comes in a tiny little container and I have to admit I was wondering how much value for money it is. Luckily this problem is solved by the fact that you have to put very little of it on your lips. The picture that Dooyoo has got up here is obviously an older version of the packaging as the latest packaging has a brighter blue, the actual cream in a container to the left of the packaging and it has a picture of both the stereotypical lips and the small cream container on it.
===Does it work===
In a word yes. When you first put it on your lips you feel a light tingling and a cold sensation which is actually quite nice and and that cold sensation stays for a while. But there is an instant comfort sensation which I think comes from the analgesic effects and it does seem to nicely moisturise your lips. I am also using their tint and shine lip gloss which does have moisturising effects so this may not purely due to this product though. I was amaed by how quickly the cream worked, the relief was completely instantaneous and the cream is absorbed quickly by your lips so you don't end up with an irritating white layer across your lips, or for that matter any hint that you've used it.
I got sunburnt on a Monday and started using it on a Tuesday afternoon, by Tuesday evening I had noted a definite difference in the state of my lips and they didn't hurt anymore. I kept using it until the Friday and by that point they were just about back to normal again so I was a happy bunny. As the week went through I was using less and less of the cream as it wasn't needed to such an extent. So, I can quite happily state that it does the job that it was created for and recommend it to anyone. Whether your lips just don't like extreme weather conditions or you're an idiot like me and just forgot sun lotion this is a very useful product as it both repairs the damage that has occurred and acts as a pain reliever and as a moisturiser.
Depending on where you buy it the price ranges from £1.70 to £3.50 so it will pay to shop around a little before buying if you want to find a decent price for it. I think I paid about £2.20 from Boots which isn't bad but Pharmacy First are offering the best price of £1.64. I'd say it is definitely worth that price and I don't begrudge the little extra I paid for mine, particularly as I still have loads of it left so it will last for the next time I'm an idiot and get sunburnt. I am also tempted to use it as a relief cream when ski-ing as although the lip balm is protective and protects you from the sun there is still a certain amount of damage done.
I have to point out here that you should remember that this is medication and it therefore comes with possible side effects and warnings on how to use it. Personally I didn't suffer any adverse reactions but there is always a chance so you should be careful and you may experience. These include redness, itchiness and rash - my friend for example won't use it because she has eczema and believes it may set it off. In addition to this it is only meant to be useful for treating occasional cold sores and if you get them regularly it is advised that you go to your GP.
Definitely. It's not that expensive, particularly if you shop around and it does everything that it claims to do. I'm still a little bit concerned about the ingredients but it's been selling for a long time so it can't be bad or someone surely would have noticed it by now!
Every so often I tend to suffer with the pain and misery of cracks at the corners of my lips and I have intermittently suffered with these symptoms for as long as I can possibly remember. The first time that this caused me major problems when the skin started to bleed, was approximately five years ago when I was considerably run down and hadn't been eating properly at the time and after carrying out some research I learned that this is a common symptom of a deficiency of vitamin B. Consequently, I evaluated my diet and ensured that it consisted of plenty of foods containing this essential vitamin, such as bananas, poultry and fish. Whilst the problem disappeared for a while, several months later it once again returned, only this time much worse with no changes having been made to my diet. As a result, I needed to find a product that would relieve my problem and I chose Blistex Relief Cream and this review discusses my experience of using it.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
Blistex (which was formerly named Blisteze) is presented to us on an oblong shaped piece of cardboard with the tube contained within a cardboard box, which is firmly attached to the left hand side and on the front is an image of the tube contained within. However, I would point out that the packaging as shown in the photograph above is an older version with the newer one being considerably updated and being very different in appearance. On the right hand side is a large image of a pair of female lips and situated below we are advised that this is "Relief Cream". The small 5g tube is manufactured from metal and is presented to us with a red screw top lid. We are informed that the medicated cream is suitable for quick relief from many symptoms, such as cold sores and cracked and sore lips. My lips have considerably suffered during the recent extremely cold spell and despite always wearing a moisturising lipstick the problem with the cracked lips started to reoccur.
The lid easily unscrews to reveal a fairly pointed end with a tiny opening and you are able to witness a glue type aroma. The directions for use are that at first symptoms an application should be made to the effected area every hour. A word of warning here and that is when you initially use your product a small amount of liquid will dispense from the tube, so it's best to stand over a sink and allow it to run down the plug hole until the yellowy/tan coloured cream appears. I tend to use my little finger and squirt a very small amount onto the tip and then apply to the corners of my mouth. When the cream first makes contact with your skin you will feel a slight tingle or a very gentle burning sensation. I cannot say that this is an unpleasant feeling, as it simply informs me that the cream is starting to do its' job. The cream easily absorbs so there are no tell-tell signs that you are using the product.
Whilst the directions for use are to apply the cream every hour after the first symptoms, in my experience of using Blistex I would advise that I only need to follow this instruction a few times, as the relief is almost instant. When I first used this product some five years ago I was amazed as to how quickly it took affect and I always ensure there is a tube readily available in my medicine cabinet, particularly as it repairs the corners of my lips extremely fast. Fortunately, the rather strong smell that is evident when first applied tends to die done within seconds and I cannot state that the cream has ever found its' way into my mouth following application.
The cream will not dry out your skin and I have never suffered any adverse reactions when using. However, there is information on the reverse of the box that advises that there are possible side effects when using this product, such as skin rash, redness or itching. Whilst the cream can be used on the occasional cold sore you should contact your GP if they continue to reoccur. The cream should not be stored above 25 degrees C and should not be used after the expiry date, which is stamped onto the lower section of the tube and is generally well over two years away. The cream is for external use only and should be kept out of reach of children. Whilst the box can be recycled I am unsure about the tube, as I am unable to locate the recycling symbol. As previously stated, this product is also suitable for the relief of cold sores, but fortunately, I have never suffered with one, so I am unable to advise of its' effects.
Whilst I do not normally provide lists of ingredients within my reviews I feel it is necessary with this product, particularly due to the warning of possible side effects and I have copied this information from the front of the packaging:-
Strong ammonia solution 0.100% w/w, aromatic ammonia solution 6.04% w/w, liquefied phenol 0.494% w/w
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Blistex is readily available in most supermarkets and chemists and I have checked online to provide you with a price. At the time of writing (20 January 2011) Boots are charging £2.54 for a 5g tube or you can purchase two for £3.00, which is excellent value for money.
I cannot recommend this product highly enough, as it always works for me and I've always been able to effectively apply my lipstick over the top of the cream, so it most definitely receives 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading
This review also appears on Ciao under the same user name.
I have a love/hate relationship with lip balms and creams, mostly because my lips are so dry and it doesn't matter what the weather is or what I do I am always in need of something soothing on my lips and because everything I do try don't seem to work and if they do it is short lived.
I have especially noticed my skin and lips are suffering more now since I have recently been in and out of hospital and with medication my skin and lips are suffering the drying effects.
I bought Blistex Relief Cream a few weeks before hand in Boots for £2.19, which can also be purchased via their online shop boots.com (which I was surprised to see you have to be over 16 to purchase as it is classed as a medicine) before going into hospital due to a cold sore that happened to set up camp on my bottom lip. You are more venerable to cold sores if you've been stressed or run down or people can generally be prone to them. I needed a cold sore cream and a lip cream anyway so I thought this would be the perfect choice. Other wise I would have had to spend on two different products, which together may make my cold sore worse.
I had used a Blistex product when I was a teenager and not likening it, mostly because I thought it didn't work. But here I am again hoping this time the formula had changed and it would work a treat.
Upon removing the cardboard packaging that can be recycled, Blistex Relief Cream is rather on the small side, it comes in a small 5g metal tube with a bright red screw off lid. Blistex say this is a medicated cream to help and heal cold cores, cracked, chapped and sore lips and at first signs apply every hour. Unscrewing the cap and squeezing very gently as its one of the many things I remember about this product, there is always more product on the outside of the tube than there is inside.
Applying some of the cream to the back of my hand I am greeted with a lovely thick cream almost light yellow in colour and a strong scent of mint and a rather medicated smell. But the proof is in the pudding or in this case my lips. Applying a light layer to my lips the product glides on really easily and feels light I also applied it around the perimeter of my lips to keep cold sores at bay and to help with the one I have. Straight away I could feel the Relief Cream getting to work by a slight tingling sensation that soon died down until a little tingle was still present. Even on the really sore cracked part I didn't experience anymore of a quick sting that went into a tingle like the rest of my lips.
Once applied the light yellow colour on the lips gives the appearance of a pearl effect like a light frosted lip gloss, but after a bit this goes and you're left with a clear gloss effect, which sinks into your lips unlike other lip relief creams that just sit on the surface and do nothing else.
The thing that really annoys me with this product is once you've squeezed, even if it is a tiny bit more and more product seems to flow out without warning. You're either left with product all over the place or what I do is quickly reapply the cap and all the product seeps into the screw off lid, which you will see when you next open and on the metal nozzle. But I would rather have this than wasting it everywhere else.
After one application I can all ready see and feel my lips are smoother and less sore. Within a day of use my lips are in tip top condition and most dramatically my cold sore is less sore and red and within a few days of use my cold sore cleared, normally this took longer and with a more expensive treatment.
I have even used it on my daughter's lips as her lips also get very dry and I can see bits of skin coming away, which in turn makes her lips very sore for her, a light tab of this over night and she's back to being comfortable again.
It states on the back of the packaging not to store product above 25c, in the summer months my house loves to retain heat and at one point our house temperate got up to 29c! Unscrewing the red cap and squeezing some product out it almost came out as a clear liquid and very runny. Putting the cap back on and shaking the tube seemed to do the trick. When temperate died down to a resemble state the product was back to normal.
I have been using this product now for a good three to four weeks and it's the only one I have used despite having loads more of lip creams, I didn't think I would say this when I bought it due to me not likening it as a teenager but it really is a good product and does what it says it will in quick time. Even though it is a small 5g tube because you need a tiny amount each time this tube will last you a while.
This goes everywhere with me and I am sure it will for a long time to come.
One of my worries about this product was with regular application of the product around the lip line may cause little spots, and I am glad to report I have not experienced any of this.
My best tip for this product is applying a thicker layer on and around my lips before bed and waking up in the morning with beautiful soft lips. Over time I have also noticed my lips are slightly plumper with use, I generally have small lips so this is a big plus for me. I am not saying this is a lip plumping product but I have noticed a difference.
This is a reveiw of Blistex Relief Cream - formerly Blisteze.
***what the tube says***
The tube says medicated cream for quick relief of occasional cold sores, cracked chapped and sore lips.
***why I bought it***
I purchased a tube of this as I used to work with a girl who was always applying it and I thought if she thought it was that good, I wanted in too!
I usually use the aloe vera vaseline and am quite happy with it but do like to try other products in case I'm missing out.
***looks like a mini toothpaste tube ***
The product comes in a tiny metal tube with a plastic screw on lid (think old fashioned toothpaste tube but in miniature and you're on the right lines!).
The tube I currently have is 5g but I've had it for quite a while and think they have changed the packaging slightly since if the picture is accurate.
***Worms on your lips ****
On first opening - BEWARE - a small squeeze produces far too much of this product which escapes the tube in a small 'worm' and you can't get it to go back in again once it's out. I find it easier to squeeze a little on to my finger then alpply to my lips in a rubbing motion.
You will find as you try and recap the product, more 'worms' are escaping - it's quite comical really.
***That sinking feeling***
The product has a minty feel to it and leaves your lips tingling slightly.
It's a bit greasy but in a good way and you really feel like it's sinking in. It feels quite medicated but I think that's due to the smell and packaging.
*** the verdict ***
To be honest, I don't know what my work colleague was so obsessed with. It costs a lot more (I think I paid about £2.50) than vaseline but I must admit despite the way the product escapes the tube, it does last a long time. It's OK but I wouldn't rush out to buy it.
The changeable weather we have been experiencing of late has really been playing havoc with my sensitive skin and my lips in particular have taken a right bashing! I have been trying out various lip balms and things but I do find that some of these have been a little harsh for my liking.
It was whilst I was in my local pharmacy collecting a prescription that my eye caught a little display near the till. On the display were various products aimed at curing chapped lips... There were the little metallic tins of Vaseline and a variety of chap sticks and lip balms.
Taking a closer look though, I did also notice that there were two 'Blistex' products on sale, one of which was the 'Relief cream'. Remembering that I had used this in the past and found it to be quite successful, I decided to give it another try and see if it would cure my chapped and tingly lips.
I paid £3.19 for the very small tube of cream, which is only 5g in size. I do realise this is more expensive than chap sticks and lip balms, but this didn't put me off, as I knew from experience that it was quite a high-quality product. Anyway, by this point in time my poor chapped lips were annoying me so much that I was just about willing to try anything!
I immediately tried the product on arriving back home. Removing the little tube from the cardboard packaging, I noticed that the little tube looked exactly as I remembered... Very small, with a bright red-coloured lid designed to fit perfectly over the small nozzle on the tube.
Taking the lid off the top of the tube, I squeezed a tiny amount of the Blistex cream onto my fingertip and was immediately aware that the smell hadn't changed one bit since I last tried the cream. The smell is a very clinical one, and quite medicated too. I did find that the smell put me in mind of an antiseptic cream such as Savlon or something similar.
The appearance of the cream looks exactly as I remember too; it is quite thick in consistency and has an off-white sort of colour.
Rubbing the little blob of cream into my lips, I was pleased to feel a 'tingling' sensation immediately afterwards... This always kind of assured me that the product was doing its job properly and was working its way into the surface of my poor chapped lips. I did notice that the cream was absorbed quite nicely into my lips and left a sort of 'pearly' look to them once applied.
I was aware of the smell of the product wafting up to my nostrils, which didn't bother me too much as I was just sitting around the house. I am not sure that I would be so laid-back about this smell if I was visiting friends or going out for a meal, though! The smell remained for the whole time I had the cream on my lips.
One thing I would point out at this stage is a word of warning. If you decide to give this cream a little trial, I would strongly recommend that you be conscious of the cream continuing to ooze out of the nozzle on the tube once you have squeezed a little of the cream on to your fingertip. This is quite a bad design fault in terms of the packaging, and I was quite disappointed to note that this element to the packaging had not been improved any since the last time I bought the cream. I have always found that this is a problem when using this cream and would have hoped by now that the manufacturers had come up with a solution to this problem. Given the price of this product, I certainly don't want to see any of it wasted in this way, which is quite inevitable unfortunately!
I would recommend that you replace the little cap back onto the tube of cream as soon as possible after dispensing the required amount from the tube - it does make a little mess by doing this, but I find a little residue being wasted on the lid of the tube is preferable to a whole splodge of the cream being wasted onto the side of my sink (or wherever I happen to be, when applying the cream).
Anyway, the cream itself cannot really be faulted, in my own personal experience. After only 24 hours of using it, I can already see a huge improvement in my lips in that lots of the cracks that were on my bottom lip have all but disappeared. Also, I do find that in general they are softer and have a much more moisturised feel to them. My lips have a bit of a 'sore' in the left hand corner, and this has begun to heal up quite nicely. I would point out - for the purposes of anybody reading this review - that this 'sore' is most definitely NOT a cold sore, just a badly chapped area on my lips. I wouldn't want to be responsible for anybody applying this cream to cold sores as I'm not entirely sure it would be beneficial. (Ouch...!)
I would point out that I found the 'tingly' sensation was intensified quite a lot when applying the cream to the 'sore' in the corner of my lips. I think this was mainly because the skin around this area is broken, unlike the rest of my lips which were just badly cracked.
The sensation was not pain exactly, but I did think it was quite an uncomfortable tingle. I am quite glad I persevered though, given the almost immediate improvement in both the appearance and feeling of this sore area.
I have used this cream in the winter time and find it to be hugely beneficial to my lips at that time of year. I personally suffer from dry and chapped lips all year round, but I do find that the winter months in particular play havoc with my sensitive skin. I think this is mainly due to coming in from the cold weather to a centrally heated house. I will most definitely be buying another tube of this cream in the winter months to help alleviate this discomfort a little!
I would highly recommend this cream to anybody who suffers from similar problems as me. It is more expensive than other products on the market, but by the same token I do find that it is more responsive to my sensitive and chapped lips and is therefore more effective at healing the area and doing so quickly! I personally feel therefore that the more expensive price tag is worth it!
The cream is readily available from all good chemists and pharmacies. You can also buy it from drugstores such as Boots and Superdrug and some supermarkets such as Tesco stock it too. The 5mg tube will cost you around £3, but is worth every penny in my experience!
I would award this product four stars out of five, with one star knocked off due to the rubbish nozzle and lid design on the tube... I am annoyed that any of this product should be wasted due to this flimsy and unsatisfactory packaging. Other than that though, I cannot fault the product itself and will continue to use it in the future.
For the past few weeks, my lips have been dry, cracked and generally quite a nuisance. To begin with, I just slathered on a load of lip balm/butters in the hope of putting some much-needed moisture back into my lips but as that's not done the trick, I thought it was better to look for something that would sort the problem out rather than just mask it so I picked up a small tube of this product.
The tube is only 5g and doesn't look like it will last all too long but fortunately, you don't actually need to use a huge amount of the cream at any time so it's quite deceptive in that sense. The cream itself is a yellowish colour and not particularly thick so it's not difficult to rub onto your lips.
There is a slight tingle when it's first applied to the lips and this was more prominent for me on the areas that were more sore. It soon settled down though and I wouldn't say that it was particularly unpleasant. Unless you've applied a very thick layer to your lips, it sinks in fairly quickly and despite the cream itself being yellow, it doesn't look unnatural on the lips unless you've put too much on. One thing that does annoy me about using this product is that the cream has a tendency to gush out of the tube, even if you've only applied the tiniest touch to the tube so that not much is intended to come out. This often means that more comes out than you actually wanted, which can be quite annoying and I have to encourage it back into the tube or the lid so that it's not wasted.
You can use this cream for cold sores too but I'm only using it from a sore/cracked/chapped lips viewpoint. When I first started using it, my lips weren't in a good state. The skin was dry, flaky and cracked and just looked quite bad to be honest. I applied this every hour as per the instructions seeing as my lips were in need of some help. I could see a difference by the end of the first day. While they were still cracked and still looked on the sore side, the flakiness had disappeared and that hadn't been helped by any amount of lip balm/lip butter products. Over the next couple of days, my lips started to look and feel better and within a few days from first usage, they were looking more like their normal selves again and more to the point that a good lip balm could add some moisture and not make me look a right mess!
I bought my tube from Boots for £2.19, which may sound pricey for the small tube but I don't need to use much and I anticipate it lasting longer than you'd probably assume from first glance at the tube.
This is the perfect product for those who get chapped lips, especially in the drying cold winds and centrally heated homes of the winter months.
It is clean and easy to apply and instantly makes your lips feel moisturised and protected. It does not have a bitter taste like a lot of lip salves do and is easy to carry around in your pocket or handbag for reapplying during the day, as and when needed.
It is also cheap enough to be able to keep one at home and one at work so you need never be without it. It can be applied over or under lipstick, too, which is an added advantage. It also does not rub off easily so the benefits last.
The packaging is simple and unfussy and Blistex is a tried and trusted name so you can be confident that you are buying an effective product that does exactly what it promises.
Tis the season to be ... well, cold and chapped, if you're a pair of lips. Under the influence of wind, weather, and freezing rain, your luscious pout can disintegrate into a cracked, sore mess - and yes, I'm talking to the guys as well as the gals here!
Fortunately, help is at hand in the form of Blistex lip relief cream. This little tube contains a penetrating moisturiser (complete with SPF 10 sunscreen) which will leave your lips feeling smooth and silky even in the depths of snowy January. Just apply a very small amount at regular intervals over the day, and even blistered cracked lips will soon soften! Do be aware that this is a medicated product, however, not just a petroleum jelly chapstick, and always read the label before you apply.
My only complaint here is the packaging - the tube tends to get swished in my highly disorganized handbag, so that when I take the top off, enough cream to salve the kissers of an entire army comes shooting out. It would be better if they could produce it in a small pot, or find a way to solidify it into a chapstick, though I suspect that part of the rationale for not doing so is that many men are embarrassed to be seen applying something that looks like a lipstick!
At around £2 for 5g, it's not going to bankrupt you. So there are no excuses for having unkissable lips this winter!
Blistex is a soothing medicated relief cream, used to treat cold sores and bring relief to dry cracked chapped lips.
It used to be called blisteze .
To treat cold sores you apply every hour to sooth your lips.
This works wonders on dry , cracked lips , but i,ve been dissapointed with it if i,ve had a cold sore , as it hasn,t really had any effect.
To treat dry cracked lips you can apply it often.
I have always suffered with dry sore lips especially in the winter months , they can get so bad they sometimes crack , bleed and go black .
I have tried numerous lip bams over the years but i always go back to blistex cream as it works brilliant.
I only tried other creams as sometimes this one can get a bit messy as you put it on your finger then on your lips, where as normally lip balms you can just put on your lips.
Sometimes the tube can split in the middle, which can be messy .
It is a small enough tube though to keep in your pocket or bag .
When you apply the cream to your lips you sometimes get a tingling effect , but the cream really does work.
It even protects your lips in the summer from the sun,s harmful rays as it contains sun factor 6.
It comes in a 5g tube and its around 2.00 pound from most chemists.
When i was small my doctor used to prescribe it for me, as it was agony to eat and a lot of times i had to drink hot drinks through a straw as my lips were so painful.
I would highly recommend trying this product if you suffer with dryness or soreness on your lips.
It keeps them in good condition.
Thanks for reading .
Blistex Lip Balm has 3 long-lasting protectants, and it seals in lip moisture to prevent drying of lip tissue