Cold, winter air is probably the most common cause of chapped lips, but genetics, inadequate water intake, and some medications can dry your lips out all year long. Your lips are like the rest of your skin in many ways, but they are much more sensitive and they lack the sebaceous glands that naturally produce hydrating oils for the rest of your skin — so your lips become dry and damaged quite easily. The right lip balm can alleviate the discomfort of cracked, dry lips and help your lips heal.
Many lip balms offer various colors, flavors, and containers to up the fun factor — but be sure to take a good look at the ingredients in your lip balm. The best lip balms create a protective barrier to keep moisture in, and even many of the most popular lip balms are only concerned with the initial moisturizing and healing step. Lip balms with only humectants and without strong occlusive ingredients like petroleum jelly or beeswax will provide temporary relief, but trap you in a never-ending cycle of needing to constantly apply lip balm.
We’ve collected some of our favorite lip balms that will provide you with the deep lip protection you need.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
Best lip balm overall
If lips are severely chapped or sunburned, they need intense treatment. That’s what Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm aims to do. Our favorite overall, the lip balm contains antioxidants, vitamin E, green tea extracts and natural emollients to provide long-lasting and broad protection. Its skin conditioners and antioxidants help soothe and relieve dry, chapped and irritated lips. Featuring certified organic ingredients, the balm is designed to form a protective barrier, preventing water loss and chapped skin.
Sky Organics Beeswax Lip Balm
Best organic lip balm
In addition to desiring optimal healing and protection, some balm users are seeking organic ingredients to match their lifestyles. The USDA Organic Lip Balm by Sky Organics can fulfill that search. It’s made with organic sunflower and coconut oil and beeswax. The natural flavors include Luscious Tahitian Vanilla, Tropical Coconut, Eucalyptus Mint, Cherry Bomb, Tangy Citrus, and Strawberry Bliss.
Once Upon a Tea Matcha Moisturizing Lip Balm
Best matcha lip balm
Another popular type of lip balm is one that incorporates green tea matcha. Once Upon a Tea’s Matcha Moisturizing Lip Balm is infused with green tea extract — as well as coconut oil and vitamin E — to target dry and chapped lips. It soothes with a faint, mild green tea fragrance that is not overpowering, and a mild flavor.
Although organic or green tea ingredients are important to some lip balm users, what’s really vital is a product that helps protect against weather-related damage and heal already chapped lips. Luckily, there are enough lip balms on the market to satisfy just about every dryness or chapping sufferer.
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