When it comes to basic beauty products, no one is quite as simple as a lip balm, right? Wrong. There are a whole bunch of next-generation balms out there that go way beyond the normal scope of beauty benefits. Here are six you need to try now.
Supersmile Ultimate Lip Balm
Are you one of those people that lists mascara as the one item you won’t leave the house without wearing? This vanilla-almond lip balm might make you rethink. It doesn’t have a shade, but just one swipe and your lips will instantly look fuller, more hydrated and just all-around better (as an added bonus: it also works to take on the often-neglected task of exfoliating). $24, supersmile.com
Burt’s Bees Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm
Not a fan of applying your lip balm with your fingers? This cult classic now comes in tube form (with a slanted tip for precise application to boot). Eco-lovers clamor for it because it’s 100-percent natural with an always-effective mix of moisturizing beeswax and vitamin E to keep lips soft. $4, burtsbees.com
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair
With an active ingredient lineup that includes the essential moisture-retaining ingredient of ceramide, plus supernourishers like avocado, jojoba, coconut and pomegranate seed oils, this uber-repairing balm is perfect for the most chapped and sensitive of lips. $15, sephora.com
Eos Lip Balm in Fresh Watermelon
Everyone loves these yummy-scented spheres. New for spring: The fresh watermelon flavor, a nourishing shea butter–packed pot of soothing jojoba oil that’s paraben-free and instantly effective when it comes to softening lips. $6, drugstore.com
Grown Alchemist Lip Balm
The wonder of watermelon makes this luxurious, vitamin-rich balm an incredibly effective hydrating machine. It also leaves them looking shiny and supple. $23, b-glowing.com.
Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair
With the added benefit of having antibacterial properties, this essential oil–flavored lip treatments uses nutrient-rich emollients and protective oils, butters and waxes to instantly improve the look and texture of lips . $22, osmiaorganics.com
FIG+YARROW Basil + Cardamom Lip Balm
Cracked lips are literally healed in a day thanks to the power of ancient remedies manuka honey and myrrh extract. You can even use it on the skin around your nose to take out the red and repair irritated and dry-looking patches. $12, credobeauty.com