It’s been a long winter and my lips are feeling it every day. In between the cracking, peeling and bleeding, I’ve never been more desperate to find a lip balm that could actually fix the mess that is my mouth. The criteria for this story seemed simple (it just has to work), but as I realized midway through my research, that was a high bar many products couldn’t achieve. Below, 15 products (selected from the many I tried) that can get the job done, even on the driest, flakiest lips.
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This dermatologist-loved line combines five types of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to relieve dry, uncomfortable lips. Bonus: it includes SPF 30 to ensure you’re protected form further damage.
Quite possibly the most comfortable balm on the list, this product goes on soft and melts on contact, leaving your lips feeling like they’re enveloped in hydration all day long.
Most balms have a waxy texture, but this lip treatment feels like the softest, most lightweight cream. It’s perfect not just for the lips, but also surrounding areas, and makes it easy to apply matte (or any texture) lipstick after.
Another favorite I always reach for, this balm is elegant in both its packaging and formulation. Fine bee’s wax and botanicals (they smell amazing!) protect the lips, leaving behind a super pretty, light gloss effect.
This antioxidant-packed treatment balm works instantly to soften and smooth lips. The gorgeous packaging ensures this is one you’ll want to keep in your bag to pull out.
This smooth balm doesn’t just hydrate lips; it infuses them with a slew of anti-aging goodness that plumps, smooths and improves the long-term look of the lip area.
Another overachieving option, this serum-infused balm melts onto lips and plumps and fills as it hydrates.
APA Beauty Lush Lip Balm ($35)
This dentist-created balm uses shea butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamins to lock in moisture while peppermint oil gives a nice cooling effect and freshens breath.
Tatcha Tinted Lip Oil ($30)
Wearing a rep lip has never been easier than swiping on a coat of this 95-percent botanical oil blend that leaves you with a visibly softer, plumper and hydrated pout.
EVE LOM Kiss Mix ($22)
This protective treatment softens lips while leaving behind a fresh, minty gloss finish.
Equal parts sweet, pretty and hydrating, this cushiony balm is a delight to use. Grapeseed oil, apricot oil and black current seed oil lock in moisture for 24-hour hydration, and the caramel scent is simply addicting.