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.
At a glance
- Best overall:
- Best tinted:
- Best with SPF:
- Best drugstore:
- Best organic:
- Best caffeinated:
Best overall: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
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.
Best tinted: Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm
Who doesn’t love a little bit of color on their pout? We can’t think of anyone who would stray from this soft, gorgeous sheen. With shades of red, berry, pink, and purple, the Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm enhances the natural color of your lips. With an option for every skin tone, there’s no doubt that your lips will be soft and puckered after just one swipe.
Best with SPF: COOLA Mineral Liplux Tinted Lip Balm SPF 30
Your lips need sun protection, too. By now, you all know that you should be wearing SPF every single day (whether the sun is out or not), so why not add some extra protection on your lips? The Coola Mineral Liplux lip balm is not only soft-hued, but it’s also infused with SPF 30. If you re-apply throughout the day, your lips won’t see an ounce of sun damage. We’d call this a win-win.
Best drugstore: Maybelline Babylips Moisturizing Lip Balm
You’ve likely seen this lip balm tube everywhere. Seriously, it’s in every drugstore and nearly everyone’s purse. What’s the hype? For starters, it delivers great bang for your buck. The formula is less than $5 and is proven to leave your lips feeling softer than a baby’s. You can select a clear option or one with a rosy or coral finish.
Best organic: Sky Organics Beeswax Lip Balm
In addition to desiring optimal healing and protection, some balm users seek organic ingredients to match their lifestyles. The USDA Organic Lip Balm by Sky Organics can fulfill that search. It’s made with organic sunflower oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. The natural flavors include Luscious Tahitian Vanilla, Tropical Coconut, Eucalyptus Mint, Cherry Bomb, Tangy Citrus, and Strawberry Bliss.
Best caffeinated: Once Upon a Tea Matcha Moisturizing 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, chapped lips. It soothes with a faint, mild green tea fragrance that is not overpowering, and it has 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 can heal already-chapped lips. Luckily, there are enough lip balms on the market to satisfy just about every dryness or chapping problem.
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