It’s time to bust out your best lip balm. It’s cold outside…no…wait…it’s beyond cold. We’ve crossed into freezing-our-butts-off territory and every inch of our body is suffering from the dropping temps. And that includes your lips. Chances are your pout is chapped, a little rosier than usual and a whole lot more dry. That’s because chilly winter air lacks moisture, and the dry air can do a lot of damage to your lips. According to Dr. Cynthia Bailey, dermatologist and skincare expert, “exposure to harsh weather and wind pull moisture out of your skin, including your lips. The solution is to moisturize your dry lips with a simple, high quality lip balm.”
You might not be able to escape winter weather, but you can take care of your lips to repair damage and prevent future dryness. Just as you wear a sweater and gloves to keep your body warm and you moisturize to keep your skin soft, you need to care for your lips as well. A good lip-gloss goes a long way to make you smile–and not want to cry from your cracking lips as you grin. Here are 8 amazingly effective and gorgeous lip products to make you look and feel beautiful this winter.
This is some of the best lip balm around. We like products that have multiple uses, and we use Aquaphor on basically everything. No, seriously. We use it on our baby’s tushy when we change diapers, on scrapes and cuts, on our cuticles, on dry elbows and especially on our lips. It is an advanced healing ointment, so it’s not necessarily marketed as a lip balm, but if it’s good enough for a baby’s bottom it’s good enough for our dry yet sensitive lips. It works fast, thoroughly heals dry skin and restores healthy skin. This is by far one of the best lip balms for chapped lips.
2. Sugar Lip Balm with SPF
We love this lip balm because it is compact, smells and tastes delicious, and has SPF built-in, so you are not only soothing your lips but you’re also protecting them against harmful UV rays. Yes, even in the winter, the sun can cause skin damage, so play it extra safe and apply this lip balm throughout the day. A fun bonus? This balm comes in a wide range of color tints that offer just the right amount of flush to your lips without overpowering your pout. And double bonus: they smell amazing!
3. Nivea A Kiss of Smoothness
Sometimes you want a lip balm that you can feel on your lips and sometimes you want something that absorbs fast and feels totally smooth and natural on your mouth. That’s this lip product—easy to apply, goes on smooth, melts into your dry lips fast and makes your pout feel smooth, hydrated and healthy. It feels great as you apply it, and it will make your lips look and feel great down the line as well.
4. Cle de Peau Lip Contour Treatment
This one is a splurge, but it is worth the big bucks, we swear. After all, your lips frame your smile, and your smile is what the world sees when you enter the room. This lip balm is clear, so it doesn’t offer any color but it does pack a major moisturizing punch that heals your skin and restores plumpness to your lips. The treatment also increases blood circulation in your lips, improving your lip tone and making your pout look more youthful. Plump and youthful—we like the sounds of that. This is one of the most luxurious, if not best lip balms for chapped lips.
5. Lancôme Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss
Sometimes you want a natural, healthy look, and sometimes you want something a little bit more, um, juicy. These Juicy Tube lip-glosses come in a ton of fun colors, all loaded with shine and tasty flavors. In the winter many of us lick our lips…it’s a bad habit as we try to combat dryness, but in reality it makes your lips worse. Wearing a gloss that tastes good protects your lips even when you lick, because you’re not actually reaching your skin. Plus it tastes delicious.
6. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
This gloss is a classic with a cult following, and for good reason. It’s loaded with skin-protecting vitamins A and E as well as lanolin and aloe to soothe and repair skin. It goes on smooth, adds some gloss but nothing else, and can be worn on its own or underneath any lip color of choice.
7. Eos Lip Balm Sphere
Who knew that a tiny sphere could pack so much fun and so much relief? This balm is packed with shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E to sooth dry, chapped lips, plus it comes in an easy to use shape that is fun to apply. The flavors and color options seem endless, but we’re partial to the sweet mint. Did we mention this product is cheap and lasts forever?
8. Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment
This lip balm never leaves our side in the summer because it is soothing and boasts an SPF of 36. While you work to protect the rest of your skin, don’t forget about your lips; and this rule applies in the winter as well. Just because you aren’t poolside doesn’t mean your lips aren’t exposed to the sun. This nourishing balm soothes already chapped lips and protects them against future damage from windy, cold elements and from the sun’s rays. Plus it just feels delicious as you apply.