On our list of things we despise about winter, dry lips take the top spot. Soft, moisturized lips are the foundation for the season’s rich lip colors, but nothing ruins the impact of berry lip like flakey skin. Aesthetics aside, once the cycle of chapped lips starts, it can seem impossible to break, which is why our lip balms work overtime throughout the frigid days. Finding the perfect balm to rely on is the first step in keeping lips happy. Luckily, we’ve done the work for you and rounded up ten of the best balms for every need so your pout gets the hydration it craves this time of year.
1. Nivea A Kiss Of Milk & Honey Soothing Lip Care ($3; drugstore.com)
Nivea has long been smoothing lips everywhere thanks to its reliable long-lasting formula that nourishes and hydrates lips. It’s wallet-friendly price makes stashing a tube in all of your coat pockets, handbags, and desk drawer a no-brainer.
2. Shiseido SPF Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 35 ($22; shiseido.com)
Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean that we’re vetoed from the sun wreaking havoc on our skin. A balm packed with SPF should be applied daily to protect lips from damaged caused by UVA/UVX rays.
3. Glossier. Balm Dotcom ($12; glossier.com)
Since launching last fall, Glossier’s Balm Dotcom has quickly solidified its spot on our top-shelves. Aside from its Instagram-friendly packaging, its natural emollient ingredients castor seed oil and lanolin, work to repair irritated lips. Bonus: Balm Dotcom also acts as a skin salve to heal cuticles and rough skin patches.
4. Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip Treatment ($30; beauty.com)
Cutting out eating, talking, and laughing is impossible, thus, so is avoiding wrinkles and fine lines on and around the lips. However, an anti-aging treatment like this one with a powerful combination of active peptides and neuropeptides will hydrate and increase volume so you’re left with a fuller, smoother, pout.
5. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm ($28; sephora.com)
Consider this Dior pot the wunderkind of lip balms. It’s super hydrating, re-plumps lips, protects with SPF 10, and adds the subtlest tint of pink; plus has a lovely rose scent.
6. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26; sephora.com)
If your lips are in dire need of some TLC, a heavy-duty mask is your best bet to condition your pucker. Bite’s dense ointment’s completely organic formulation with key ingredients agave nectar, jojoba oil, and antioxidant trans-resveratrol, treats lips and provides relief for hours.
7. L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Balm Pop ($8; ulta.com)
Bold color and chapped lips may not be compatible match, but this smoothing balm is perfect if your lips are in rough shape, but you don’t want to give up lip color until they’re healed. It’s powered by moisturizing oils for a an application that glides on, with a vibrant tint of color.
8. Burt’s Bees Blueberry & Dark Chocolate Lip Balm ($3; burtsbees.com)
Balms containing too many chemicals can cause further irritation for sensitive skin. Burt’s Bee’s natural ingredients are gentle, but will still coat and heal cracked and dry lips. Plus, blueberries and dark chocolate are antioxidants that will help give your pucker an added boost of protection against further damage.
9. Ilia Lip Exfoliator ($26; net-a-porter.com)
This double-duty formula simultaneously moisturizes and exfoliates lips with its signature organic ingredients and volcanic stone powder to shave off dead, flakey skin, leaving softer, smoother lips.
10. H&M Overnight Lip Rescue ($10; hm.com)
Finding time to routinely re-apply balm throughout the day can be tough. Instead, try a rich overnight treatment that will quench lips as you sleep, so you’ll wake up with a revitalized pout and a painless start to tomorrow.