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Best Lip Balms for Dry, Chapped Lips

Lip balms belong in your bag, in your jacket, in your pants pocket. Chapped, cracked, peeling lips are a special, painful, and gross hell. Which is why, whether you’re out for a jog with your baby on a windy day or trying to keep your lips moist on a trip to the beach, finding the best lip balm for your lips is essential. Perhaps you’re on the hunt for a smooth, moisturizing balm guaranteed to heal chapped lips and prevent future flakiness. Maybe you want something with serious SPF to protect your lips when you’re out in the sun.

“Lip balms form a seal over the skin to protect the lips from the environment and to enhance hydration,” explains New York-based dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “Many balms contain combinations of oils and waxes to hydrate the skin. I would suggest that you avoid ingredients like salicylic acid, camphor, menthol, and fragrance as these can cause skin irritation.”

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A few things to keep in mind when dealing with chapped lips: Make sure you apply a lubricating balm before you go outside, especially when it’s cold out; don’t lick your lips, which only dries them out more; and if you have sensitive skin, avoid balms that have fragrances or dyes in them. We’ve rounded up our favorites to help you kiss chapped lips goodbye.

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If you don’t like feeling like you’re wearing a blanket on your lips, this is the lip balm you need to buy.

Pros: The COOLA lip balm is perfect for the beach, because you get SPF 30. It protects and hydrates, and goes on lightly.

Cons: The taste doesn’t agree with some customers.

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These lip balms go on like butter (sorry, it’s true) and come in super-sweet flavors that are never cloying. Plus, they’re certified USDA Organic.

Pros: Imagine being cold and slipping on a cashmere sweater. This is the equivalent when it comes to dry lips. Use it for two days, and you’ll see and feel the difference. These lip balms are also petrolatum-free.

Cons: The only thing missing from these lip balms? SPF.

Use a tiny amount of this ultra-moisturizing Korres lip balm, made without silicones, parabens, propylene glycol, or phthalates.

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Pros: If your lips need serious help, this Korres winner could be your savior. It’s a rich butter formulated with natural oils and is ideally suited for dry lips.

Cons: It goes on shiny, so use as little as possible.

This product uses absorbent fatty acids, instead of oils, to moisturize your lips and treat any dry, chapped spots.

Pros: You get continuous all-day hydration, without any fragrances, flavors, or added colors from this lip balm. It’s the basics at its best, thanks to a blend of fatty acids and plant protein-based nutrients.

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Cons: The price can be a turn-off.

Meet the heavy hitter of lip balms, made with shea butter, aloe leaf extract, jojoba, sweet almond oil and marine collagen.

Pros: The Clark’s lip balm goes on without any sticky or greasy residue, and it’s totally clear. We appreciate the fact that shea butter and coconut oil are the two main ingredients. In fact, we love the entire product line, because skin seems to to soak it in.

Cons: It has a very faint vanilla-like scent, and some aren’t fans of it.

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This Jack Black lip balm contains antioxidants vitamin E and green tea, broad-spectrum sun protection, and natural emollients to treat and moisturize your mouth.

Pros: Anything with SPF in it is a huge pro, because all too often, we forget to protect our mouths. Speaking of mouths, you can smell the different flavors, but the Jack Black balm itself has no taste per se.

Cons: The main ingredient in this lip balm is petroleum jelly, which can be a bit hard to swallow given the price. After all, you can buy Vaseline for a fraction of the cost, granted without the SPF.

This Burt’s Bees lip balm is powered by beeswax, and made without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, or SLS.

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Pros: We love this tried and true brand, because its product price belies the quality of its ingredients. In this case, the Burt’s Bees lip balm is infused with eucalyptus extract and contains 0.9 percent menthol to help your lips feel less irritated. The relief is temporary, sure, but every little bit helps, and this is one of our to-go products.

Cons: The scent can be a bit heavy for some. And beware that menthol can cause irritation.

This balm protects your pucker, thanks to ingredients including moisturizing shea butter and sunflower seed oil.

Pros: You heal chapped lips, while also getting serious sun protection. The scent is subtle, the flavor almost unnoticeable, and it’s not icky or clumpy.

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Cons: It can feel tacky or sticky on your lips. And petroleum jelly is the main ingredient, which feels slightly deceptive given the price tag.

This unique lip balm by Dr. Dan’s contains hydrocortisone, and helps heal chapped lips, soothe dry lips, and treat cold sores.

Pros: This product goes the extra mile, thanks to its use of cortisone.

Cons: The taste of this lip balm is slightly bitter – no fancy flavors here.

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These fruity, creamy lip balms are made with mongongo oil, a botanical oil made from the nuts of the tree of the same name. The balms also include emollient ingredients like cocoa butter and beeswax and come in delicious flavors like acai berry and blood orange.

Pros: This lip balm stays on and on and on, making them especially well-suited for ultra-dry lips.

Cons: The tube is slightly large, so it can’t be applied with the precision of more typical sized brands.

With delicious flavors like peach, mint julep and sweet tea, these beeswax lip balms from Savannah Bee Company make soothing dry lips a tasty experience.

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Pros: Savannah Been Company lip balms are also paraben- and petroleum-free and are infused with sweet almond oil to give chapped lips extra moisture.

Cons: The formula seems to develop a grainy texture after spending a long time in your pocket or purse.

This sunscreen-packed lip balm from sunscreen maker Sun Bum contains moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera and coconut oil and packs a punch of sun protection with SPF 30.

Pros: The Sun Bum formula stays on even when swimming, keeping lips safe from the sun’s rays throughout your beach day.

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Cons: At around $4 per tube, Sun Bum is a bit pricier than some competing brands.

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Dry, chapped lips are annoying any time of year, but the problem becomes more prominent in the fall and winter. Thanks to frigid temps and less humidity in the air, any natural moisture in your lips simply evaporates, leaving you with dry skin, flaking, or even cracks.

“Unlike the rest of the skin which has a thick stratum corneum (dead cell layer) for extra protection, the lips do not, so they are even more prone to winter dryness,” explains Heidi Waldorf, M.D., founder of Waldorf Dermatology Aesthetics and associate clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai University.

Beyond seasonal changes, your dry lips may also be a side effect of certain medications, like antihistamines (common if you have allergies) or isotretinoin (used for severe acne), explains Meghan Feely, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New Jersey and New York City who serves as a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai’s Department of Dermatology. “There is also a condition called allergic contact cheilitis, which can occur secondary to the use of certain toothpastes, cosmetics, and other ingredients in personal care products,” she adds.

As tempting as it may be, the last thing you want to do is lick or wet your lips to try and find relief, says Dr. Waldorf. This will actually makes things worse, since that moisture will also evaporate and leave you feeling drier.

That’s where a hydrating lip treatment comes in. Chances are, you have several lip balms tucked away in your bag, desk, or bedside drawer that were forgotten about because they simply didn’t work—so keep the following tips in mind when you’re on the hunt for one that will heal your lips fast.

How to choose the best lip balm for dry, chapped lips

Choose soothing ingredients: Both Dr. Waldorf and Dr. Feely say to look for products containing occlusive ingredients, which create a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss. Petrolatum, silicone, squalene, lanolin, shea butter, and waxes all fit the bill. Humectants like hyaluronic acid and glycerin (which pull water into the skin like a sponge) are also helpful. A mild steroid, such as 1% hydrocortisone, can reduce inflammation if your lips are in pain.

Steer clear of irritants: While cooling agents like camphor and menthol feel good upon contact, they “will sting and aren’t necessary to heal or improve lips,” says Dr. Waldorf. Exfoliating ingredients (like salicylic acid or physical granules in scrubs) should also be avoided if your lips are chapped, since it won’t fix the underlying problem and can make your lips feel raw. Plumping ingredients like capsaicin aren’t a great idea as they will cause swelling.

Mind your reaction: Even some traditionally helpful ingredients, like beeswax, can cause allergic reactions in people, says Dr. Feely. Lanolin, peppermint and coconut oils, propylene glycol, fragrances, dyes, and more can also stir irritation, so if you feel that your lip balm is making things worse, it might be time to see your derm.

Know when to see a doctor: “If you have just a patch or spot of ‘chapped lips’ that is persistent, don’t assume it is just dryness,” cautions Dr. Waldorf. “In that case, you could have an actinic keratosis—a precancerous skin condition caused by excessive sun.” A lip balm that contains SPF can help protect you from harmful UV rays.

Now that you have the basics down, it’s time to find a lip balm that works for you. Here, 14 options that will take your lips from dry and chapped to smooth and supple.

1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm

Sephora

If you couldn’t already tell from the name, this lip balm is praised for its intensive healing properties.

Price: $32

Reviewer verdict: “I have had a hard time looking for the perfect lip balm (I have skin issues, where my lips just get all chapped, red, flaky, and itchy whenever I use any lip products) but this one has been working so well for me! I’ve been using it for a little bit over a month now and so far the issues I’ve had in the past have not resurfaced. Will definitely keep my fingers crossed that this continue to work for me!”

2. Maybelline Baby Lips

Priceline

At only four bucks a pop, this lip balm does the job without breaking the bank. Plus it’s SPF 15 so it’ll protect you from UV rays while you pucker up.

Price: $3.95

Reviewer verdict: “I love this product so much!! It makes my lips soft, moisturised and FLAWLESS!! I love that it can also double as an on-the-go lipgloss as is does have a very sheer glossy finish.”

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3. Alpha-H Absolute Lip Perfector

Sephora

This popular Aussie product not only protects your lips but works as a powerful plumper.

Price: $32

Reviewer verdict: “I’ve found it really hard to find a lip balm that keeps my lips from chapping/peeling through winter, and this one by Alpha-H is the only one that works! It’s smooth, blends easily into the lips, and has a refreshing minty zing which plumps up the lips. You don’t have to use a lot each time, so it lasts for ages! Absolutely the best lip balm on the market :).”

4. Glossier Balm Dotcom

Glossier

Glossier’s Balm Dotcom is a cult-favourite amongst beauty gurus, offering a dense, waxy texture that seals in moisture no matter what (with some cute packaging too boot).

Price: $12

Reviewer verdict: “This is a game changer. I rub my lips together a lot to kind of spread the product out evenly and it stays through that, and it even stays on through a night’s sleep. If you ever order something off of Glossier then I definitely recommend it!” says one review.

5. Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Priceline

This Aussie icon is one of the hardest working products in the biz, helping to offer relief for chapped lips, minor burns, chafing, cuts, rashes, wounds, splinters and sunburn.

Price: $5.99

Reviewer verdict: “I have been using this ointment for years and wouldn’t switch to anything else!! This is amazing for cracked and sore lips – I routinely use it every morning & a small amount goes a long way! Very moisturising. Mosquito bites, itchy skin – this ointment gets used for all!”

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6. Lanolips 101 Ointment

Lanolips

This award-winning “superbalm” uses ultra-pure, medical grade lanolin, which mimics human skin lipids making it the most skin-compatible ingredient around. It holds double its weight in moisture so it’s incredibly hydrating.

Price: $14.95

Reviewer verdict: “I love this product! Its an amazing lip balm and doubles to help heal any little nick or graze and also works wonders for my cuticles.”

7. Natio Moisturising Lip Balm SPF 30+

Natio

Don’t be fooled into thinking you can skimp on sun-safe skincare during the winter months. Natio’s moisturising lip balm has got you covered with its water resistant, SPF 30+ formula. Packed with vitamin E and aloe vera, this lip balm will turn chapped lips into smooth and supple ones.

Price: $4.95

Reviewer verdict: “Really handy lip balm to have as it’s really hydrating, while also having a good amount of SPF and being vegan friendly.”

8. Blistex Intensive Repair

Blistex

The ‘ol faithful Blistex brand is beloved for a reason – its products seriously work. Especially their Intensive Repair formula, which features menthol and eucalyptus to cool burning, chapped lips. Reviewers say it can heal your poor pout in a day, if not a few hours! Plus it’s deeply moisturising and not at all sticky, so it’s perfect for those windy winter days when your hair is flying errywhere.

Price: $5.99

Reviewer verdict: ” I get eczema, especially around my mouth, and went through a phase a few years ago where it flared up terribly. After a few days use (I just apply when my lips feel dry) the eczema around my mouth calmed right down and stopped being so red and flaky. I’ve continued to use this lip balm since that day, and always buy a couple whenever it’s on sale. Also provides great protection from sun and wind burn when wearing it.”

9. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

Burt’s Bees

If you’re after an all natural lip balm, Burt’s Bees has got you covered. It comes in a range of different and delicious flavours (we’re obsessed with their new Chai option), free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS. You can also get tinted options to give your pout a pop of colour. They even promise four hours of moisturisation with just one application. Winner.

Price: $6.99

Reviewer verdict: “I have consistently used five of these chapsticks start to finish, which is unheard of for me because I haven’t been completely satisfied with a chapstick I’ve purchased. I either normally lose or buy a new one and continue in that cycle. Until recently! I particularly like the vanilla flavour – it smells nice and is super hydrating. I definitely recommend it!”

10. Eight Hour Skin Protectant Stick

Elizabeth Arden

Trust Elizabeth Arden to put a chic spin on the humble chapstick. Their ultra-nourishing lip protectant is SPF 15 and – as the name suggests – is super long lasting. It also comes in a cream version if that’s more your thing.

Price: $28

Reviewer verdict: “This really is top notch lip protection. It wears so beautifully with or without lipstick and if you’ve got dry lips during the colder months, this is all you’ll need. I have found that with the trend towards matte lipsticks / liquid lip products, I use this a lot to add some much-needed moisture to my lips. You can’t go wrong with this product.”

11. Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm

Carmex

Carmex is a cult-favourite for good reason. Its ultra nourishing formula – made with camphor, menthol and cocoa butter – provides instant relief for chapped, dry lips.

Price: $5.99

Reviewer verdict: “This stuff is amazing. It tingles and feels like magic. It even stopped a cold sore from appearing. And it last ages – unlike those stupid tube lip balms that snap or get stuck half way. This doesn’t need fancy colours or strange flavours. It speaks for itself. The holy grail of lip balms.”

Lip skin is unlike any other skin on your body. For starters, lips have no sweat glands, so they don’t produce the natural oils that keep the rest of your skin supple, and while the rest of your body has 15 to 16 protective layers, your mouth has only three to four, says GH Beauty Lab Director Birnur Aral, Ph.D.

“Lips are primed to be chapped,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman, board-certified dermatologist and director of dermatologic surgery, at Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan. “They are in daily contact with saliva that contains alpha-amylase — a digestive enzyme that can break down skin — and are always exposed to the elements, so lips take a beating from the sun, the cold weather, wind, heat.” Translation: They’re especially prone to dryness, flaking, chapping, and cracking. “Lip balm is a great skin care tool to prevent or treat chapped lips,” she says.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab found the best balms that help to replenish much-needed moisture and seal it in. Our Beauty Lab evaluated 175 lip treatments from more than 70 brands to bring you these favorites that moisturize lips and quickly heal dryness and cracking. Hydrating, tinted, wallet-friendly — we’ve got ’em all on this list.

How to find the best lip balm

“At its core, a lip balm should be designed to deliver a film of moisturizers onto the delicate skin of the lips,” says Aral. “A well-designed lip balm will have the ability to enhance the barrier function by forming an occlusive film over the lips.” Emollients replenish lost moisture, and occlusives work to prevent further moisture loss.

“Look for balms or formulations containing petroleum or beeswax to seal in moisture,” says Dr. Engelman, who recommends formulas with some combination of SPF 30 or greater, vitamin E, beeswax, hyaluronic acid, and lanolin. Here’s what to look for in your next favorite balm for the best results and smoothest lips:

Hydrators: Plant oils like castor and sunflower and emollients such as squalene and triglycerides help to moisturize and soften dry lips, making them lip-healing heavy hitters.

Protectants: A great balm also contains occlusives to lock in all that nourishment and hydrate. These can include beeswax, plant waxes, petrolatum, and shea and cocoa butters.

Extras: No great lip salve is complete without bonus bells and whistles, like skin-shielding and formula-stabilizing antioxidants (e.g., vitamin A and vitamin E), flavor (from sources like fruit oils and extracts), and sunscreen. Just be careful to avoid chemical sunscreen, as well as fragrance, alcohol, and salicylic acid, which can actually further irritate lips.

  • Balm Dotcom, £10, Glossier

    This balm is the bomb.com, and Glossier knows it. Slather it on your lips, dry elbows, cuticles… hell, we’d bathe in it if we could. If you like a little tint from your tube, go for Rose or Cherry.

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  • Fresh Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15, £19.50, Cult Beauty

    With its super-hydrating blend of botanical oils, lips feel nourished and plumped. Meanwhile, pretty shades, like this beautiful spice number give a subtle tint. And, it contains SPF15 protection, too.

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  • Base Lip Solve, £7.50, Feel Unique

    If you’re looking for a lip balm that’s scientifically proven to not only banish dry lips but to prevent cold sores, Base is the one for you. As well as containing shea butter, the product is also made with liquorice root extract, which during a recent study, was found to reduce the severity and duration of cold sores for 73% of people tested. It has SPF30 protection, reduces inflammation and is all natural. What’s not to like?

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  • Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve, £8.50, Amazon

    This mini moisturising miracle has been kicking around since 1895 and is still one of the most popular multi-purpose balms in the UK, nay the PLANET. Use it to banish your chapped lips, but don’t dismiss it when it comes to treating burns and rashes, too. It’s currently out of stock on ASOS, but you’re in luck on Amazon.

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  • Pear Lip Balm, £10, Kiehl’s

    If fruity balms are your thing, this one is undoubtedly for you. Smelling strongly of tropical pears, the salve sinks into lips like a dream and keeps them feeling smooth all day long.

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  • Lanolips Lemonade Lip Treatment, £8.99, Boots

    The organic lemon oil in this treatment naturally exfoliates while the lanolin sinks into the new skin and fully hydrates. If that isn’t enough of a sell, it smells (and tastes!) like lemons. Pucker up?

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  • Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, £19.50, Boots

    Containing essential rose wax and shea butter, this balm with a hint of pink is one of our absolute all-season must-haves. Whether you’re stranded in a storm or sunning yourself on a beach, Clarins’ lip balm will keep lips soft and kissable.

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  • Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment (£46.50) & Renewal Lip Complex (£25.50), John Lewis

    If your crusty, chapped lips just won’t quit and you’re in need of something truly hardcore, Dermalogica has just released one powerful duo. The rich Nightly Lip Treatment should be applied before bed and after cleansing. And if you’re a fan of being overzealous with your lip balm, this treatment encourages you to spread and massage into the surrounding lip area too, to fight frown and feather lines. Then during the day, the Renewal Lip Complex will lock in last night’s hydration, while providing a moisture barrier. And if your lips are dry after all that, well, we don’t know what to tell you.

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  • Blistex Medplus Repairing Lip Balm SPF15, £2.02, Boots

    We can’t talk balms without mentioning Blistex. If your lips are red and sore, the Medplus is especially good because it has an instant soothing effect. It’s the one the men in our lives are always stealing!

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  • Eos Visibly Soft Low-Flavour Lip Balm, £6.50, Beauty Bay

    Eos have always been known for their colourful, playfully packaged and flavoursome balms. However, the latest release is a low-flavour balm (in fact, we don’t think it smells or tastes like anything at all) and it’s quickly become a desk drawer favourite. You can apply the sphere-like balm directly to the lips, or pat it over your lipstick with your fingers when it starts to crack. Works a treat!

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  • Sensai Cellular Performance Total Lip Treatment, £75, Harrods

    Now, we know this isn’t cheap, but thanks to its extra-sized design and intensely rich formula, a little goes a long way. Seriously. This is the lip treatment that lasts. From the brand’s Cellular Performance line of anti-aging products, the super-sized balm is designed to plump out vertical lines and help lips to reclaim their youthful definition.

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  • Chocomania Lip Butter, £4.50, The Body Shop

    If you’re already addicted to The Body Shop’s brilliant body butters, you’ll love their lip butters. Melting into lips for instant hydration, lips are left smooth and silky. We’re particularly partial to the Chocomania flavour. Just don’t eat it, no matter how tempted you are…

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  • Crème de la Mer The Lip Balm, £52, Net-a-Porter

    One of the most luxurious lip balms on the market, and also one of the most effective, a light coat of Crème de la Mer’s Lip Balm will keep lips hydrated and smooth for hours. This little piece of luxury will make you feel special every time you use it, too.

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  • Burt’s Bees Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm, £3.99, Look Fantastic

    We’d recommend just about every one of Burt’s Bees’ brilliant lip balms. We have at least a dozen scattered in every useful place, from coat pockets to desk drawers. This fruity flavour contains vitamin C and E from pink grapefruit seed oil.

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  • By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Care, £40, Space NK

    As huge fans of the Baume De Rose Hand Cream, it is no surprise we reach straight for the Lip Care when things get rough. Soothing & hydrating thanks to a mixture of shea butter, cermaides & vitamin E, it fortifies against any aging. A top tip is to smear this around the mouth as well, helping to prevent any fine lines.

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  • Hourglass No 28 Lip Treatment Oil, £45, Space NK

    A deeply nourishing serum of 14 essential oils & vitamins A, B5, C & E, this treatment improves both the aesthetic and health of your lips. It is conditioning and cooling (thanks to the gold applicator), making it the perfect pocket product.

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  • Sisley Nutritive Lip Calm, £52.50, John Lewis

    Sisley never gets a product wrong and that winning streak is certainly not broken with this balm. The formula melts beautifully on the lips, its supple blend of oils and butters the perfect way to rehydrate and plump.

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  • Carmex Lip Balm Pot, £2.55, ASOS

    Pop a little pot of Carmex in your pocket to save lips from a dry, chapped fate. You just know your lips are happy from that tingly feeling.

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Try as we might to avoid them, chapped lips are par for the course during the winter. Most of us will have to contend with dry, flaky lips at some point this season, but that doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.

Want to arm yourself against chapped lips? It’s all about using the best ingredients possible. To help you filter through the countless chapped-lip solutions out there, TODAY asked dermatologists to share some of their favorite products. The best part? They’re all pretty darn affordable!

The best lip balms for chapped lips

1. Vaseline Lip Therapy

“Composed mainly of plain petrolatum, this product moisturizes and prevents chapped lips. It also serves as a good barrier between the lips and the elements. It is great for regular and frequent use and most people will not react to the ingredients,” said Dr. Edidiong Kaminska, a dermatologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology.

2. Aquaphor Lip Repair

“This classic product is great for regular maintenance and keeping lips hydrated. I was once on a ski holiday and applied this before and after the slopes and it worked wonders. At $4, it’s also a great value,” said Dr. Ranella Hirsch, a dermatologist based in the Boston area.

3. Burt’s Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub

“The beeswax in this scrub is very moisturizing and forms a good seal to prevent increased dryness. It’s great for all ages and treats a number of causes of dry lips, including weather, allergies and eczema flareups,” said Dr. Diane Madfes, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Therapy

“Colloidal oatmeal in this balm helps to soothe and repair while glycerin, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, squalane and oils hydrate and soften chapped lips. It also contains antioxidants to fight environmental aggressors. It has a semi-matte, nonslip finish so it can also be worn under lipstick and other lip makeup if needed,” said cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Sejal Shah of New York City’s SmarterSkin Dermatology.

5. Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm

“This medicated lip balm contains 1% hydrocortisone which helps reduce inflammation associated with chapped lips. It also contains the following ingredients that moisturize lips: beeswax, petroleum jelly, and mineral oil. This product is great for treating the inflammatory causes of chapped lips such as contact allergies,” said Kaminska.

6. Tizo’s Lip Protector

“This lip-soothing product double duties as a moisturizer and a mineral, chemical-free sunscreen with SPF 45. It’s not sticky or greasy and doesn’t have a fragrance or noticeable taste,” said Dr. Maral Skelsey, director of The Dermatologic Surgery Center of Washington and clinical associate professor of dermatology at Georgetown University.

7. Kiehl’s Lip Balm

“Kiehl’s lip balm is still my favorite. It is packed with lipids derived from olives, aloe and vitamin E. You actually see it in many airplane travel kits, too,” Dr. Madfes said.

8. Dr. Pawpaw Original Multipurpose Soothing Balm

“While not a specific lip treatment, this balm works great on chapped lips. It’s composed of naturally derived ingredients that soothe, heal, moisturize and protect. I also like this balm because it contains a limited number of ingredients and lacks common irritating ingredients,” Shah said.

9. Burt’s Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment

“I’ve had patients with exquisitely chapped lips who have done incredibly well with this product. And at $9, you can’t get a much better price point,” said Hirsch.

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20 Best Lip Balms For Dry Lips – 2019 Esha Saxena Hyderabd040-395603080 November 20, 2019

Dry skin does not feel great. But nothing is more painful and unsightly than sore, cracked lips. Chapped lips are super common, especially during the frosty, winter days. Sometimes, they persist no matter how much we try to heal them. If you’re struggling with desert-like lips and are on the hunt for a solution, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best lip balms for you. From medicated, drugstore ones to fancy, luxurious lip treatments – they’re all here. Want to know which ones are worth trying? Read on to find out!

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Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Medicated Moisturizing Lip Balm Check Price
Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy Check Price
Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment Check Price
Aquaphor Immediate Relief Lip Repair Check Price
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 Check Price
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask Check Price
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick Check Price
Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 Check Price
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Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm Check Price

20 Best Lip Balms For Dry And Chapped Lips

1. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Medicated Moisturizing Lip Balm

Pros
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, and SLS
  • Replenishes moisture with cocoa, kokum, and shea butter
  • Helps relieve pain and itching caused by cold sores and fever blisters
  • Affordable and easily available
Cons
  • Contains menthol and eucalyptus extract, which can irritate very sensitive lips
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You need to keep one of this on your nightstand and one in your bag at all times because it is, hands down, one of the best lip balms out there for dry and dehydrated lips. The butters in this formula soak into the skin on your lips and leave your pout feeling soft and supple after just a few uses. If you are big on using organic products, be it cosmetics or skin care, this medicated lip balm by Burt’s Bees is made just for you.

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2. Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy

  • Hydrates, softens, and de-flakes parched lips
  • Fragrance-free
  • Contains vitamin E and antioxidants
  • Visible difference after just three nights of usage
  • Affordable and easily available
  • Leaves a whitish cast behind

Night time is perhaps the best time to pamper the hell out of your lips. This night treatment is icky to use and leaves a whitish cast behind. But once you wake up and wipe off the lip balm, your lips will look and feel wonderfully soft and supple. It also helps minimize the signs of aging and is extremely gentle on your lips. This lip balm is pure gold and does more than what most expensive brands only claim to do.

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3. Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment

  • Gives immediate relief to dry, chapped lips
  • Fragrance-free
  • Shine-free formula
  • Provides SPF protection
  • Easily available and pocket-friendly
  • Not suitable for those who are allergic to petrolatum

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment combines the goodness of vitamins, moisturizers, and protectants that will keep your lips looking and feeling healthy all year round. This formula is medicated and PABA-free and provides an SPF of 20. If you’re looking for a savior for your lips in the harsh winters or summers, this is something you have to try! You can also use it at night and wake up to plump and hydrated lips.

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4. Aquaphor Immediate Relief Lip Repair

  • Heals and repairs parched, peeling lips
  • Contains ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E
  • Does not cause irritation
  • Fragrance-free and paraben-free
  • Value for money
  • Needs to be reapplied every 3-4 hours

Aquaphor is one of the most effective lip balms out there for flaking and parched lips. It provides immediate relief from dry lips, and with regular use, you can see a visible difference in your lips. Its formula has the perfect gel-like consistency that goes smoothly onto your lips without feeling heavy or tacky. This product is multipurpose and can also be used to treat dry skin, diaper rashes, and burns.

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5. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

  • Extremely hydrating
  • Contains SPF 25
  • Natural finish
  • Long-wearing
  • Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates
  • The mint may not be suitable for very sensitive lips.

The Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm comes in many different formulations. You can choose between mint, grapefruit, blackberry, and shea butter depending on the condition of your lips. This lip balm is an elixir for cracked, bleeding lips because it is absorbed into the deepest layers of the skin on your lips and moisturizes them from within. It is perfect for both summers and winters.

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6. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

  • Exfoliates lips thoroughly
  • Leaves your lips soft, plump, and supple
  • Non-sticky
  • Available in different flavors
  • Reasonably priced
  • Has a berry-like fragrance that does not dissipate after application

Korean skin care products have won our hearts, and this overnight lip treatment is a must-try if you want to get rid of dryness and fine lines faster. Its formula is enriched with vitamin C, antioxidants, a blend of various berries, and hyaluronic acid. It is absorbed quickly into the skin on your lips, and you wake up to soft, plump, and healthy looking lips. It’s free of parabens and phthalates, and the brand is cruelty-free.

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7. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick

  • Hydrates and moisturizes lips
  • Multipurpose stick
  • Is absorbed easily
  • Long-wearing
  • Affordable
  • Contains mineral oil and fragrance

If you love the heavenly smell of cocoa butter, this Palmer’s lip balm not only smells delicious but also works exceptionally well for moisturizing dry skin, including your lips. Its cocoa butter and vitamin E formula keeps your lips hydrated and soft all day long. This is one of the best value lip balms because it comes in a big container and will last for a very long time.

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8. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

  • Is easily absorbed into your lips
  • Heals dry and chapped lips quickly
  • Easy to use
  • Non-greasy
  • Lousy packaging as the mouth of its tube is not designed for direct application

The Kiehl’s #1 lip balm is a cult-classic. It is formulated with soothing emollients like lanolin, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil, and vitamins A and E. It quickly gets absorbed into your lips, making them smoother, softer, and hydrated. You can use it before applying your lipstick to prep your lips. This one’s a must-try for everyone looking for an unscented, colorless lip balm to treat chapped lips.

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9. Glossier Balm Dotcom Universal Skin Salve

  • Multipurpose skin salve
  • Makes lips soft and supple
  • Heals mild burns and cuts
  • Fragrance-free (original)
  • Only available online

This skin salve from Glossier comes in the prettiest tube packaging in four different flavors – the original, cherry, coconut, and rose. It is a paraben-free and hypoallergenic formula that can be used on your lips, cuticles, elbows, and basically anywhere that needs some love. It won’t leave you with a heavy, greasy feeling. Instead, it is absorbed quickly, leaving your skin feeling thoroughly moisturized and nourished.

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10. Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm

  • Smells sweet
  • Effectively heals dry, chapped, and irritated lips
  • Multipurpose balm
  • Ideal for sensitive lips
  • Tin packaging makes it hard to open, and the product may melt if left inside a purse on a hot day.

This cult classic lip balm is easy to use and exceptionally versatile. It calms and heals irritation and dry and parched skin, and soothes minor burns. You can use this as a night treatment for your lips and also apply it to your elbows and knees to condition and relieve them from dryness. You’ll find this on the celebrity ‘What’s In Your Purse?’ feature in fashion magazines because it’s so effective and popular.

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11. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

  • Contains natural hydrating ingredients
  • Free of parabens, fragrance, petroleum, phthalates, and colorants
  • Not heavy or greasy
  • A little goes a long way
  • No SPF

First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Lip Therapy balm is enriched with the goodness of shea butter, jojoba oil, and grapeseed oil. It brings even the driest of lips back to life and heals minor burns and cuts. This works especially well as an overnight treatment owing to its thick consistency. You will wake up to soft, conditioned, healthy-looking lips.

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12. EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

  • Thick and moisturizing texture
  • Can be worn under lipstick
  • Mild, fruity scent
  • Available in different flavors
  • Does a very basic job at moisturizing and nourishing lips (not ideal for extremely chapped lips)

This EOS lip balm gained popularity due to its cute egg-shaped packaging. This formula has a semi-thick consistency, so it won’t leave your lips looking too shiny or glossy. If you like sweet-smelling balms, you will love these as they all smell incredibly good. It is good for basic lip care, but if you have severe dryness, this won’t substantially help your condition.

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13. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

  • Provides an instant moisture boost to your lips
  • Comes with SPF 15
  • Can be worn under lipstick
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines
  • Pricey

If you like to keep it real, pick this lip balm from Fresh cosmetics that is enriched with wholesome ingredients like sugar, carnauba wax, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower oil. Its formula not only hydrates your lips but also promotes skin cell growth and recovery. It is made of simple ingredients that won’t irritate your sensitive lips. The price factor is the only concern, but it is definitely worth trying if you want to stick to a naturally formulated lip care product.

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14. Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm

  • Nourishes and moisturizes lips effectively
  • Comes with SPF 20
  • Lightweight and is absorbed easily
  • Affordable and easily available
  • Needs to be reapplied every few hours

Maybelline Baby Lips balm comes in a cute, twist-up packaging. This one has a white bullet and applies as a clear balm on the lips with a mild citrusy fragrance. If your lips are dry and dehydrated, this lip balm does a great job at reviving the moisture in your lips and making them soft and supple. However, if you have insanely dry, flaky lips, you will need something more effective, like a medicated product.

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15. Vaseline Creme Brulee Lip Therapy

  • Hydrates and locks in moisture
  • Softens lips
  • Affordable and easily available
  • Good packaging
  • Not fragrance-free

Love the smell of caramelized vanilla? Then, this one will smell delicious to you. The Vaseline Creme Brulee Lip Therapy makes for a wonderful overnight lip treatment, owing to its thick texture. You’ll wake up to incredibly soft and smooth lips in the morning. It hydrates even the driest of lips and also soothes minor cuts. It is best to leave this lip balm at home because it tends to melt on a hot day.

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16. Nivea Smoothness Lip Care SPF 15

  • Contains aloe vera and shea butter
  • Keeps lips moisturized throughout the day
  • Hydrates well
  • Provides broad spectrum SPF 15
  • Needs to be reapplied every few hours

This is one of the best chapsticks to wear outdoors. It isn’t greasy or waxy. Instead, it’s creamy and gets absorbed into your lips easily, leaving them smooth and hydrated. If you are looking for an affordable chapstick that’s perfect for sunny days, this one by Nivea is a sure-fire winner!

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17. Sky Organics Lip Balm

  • Organic and vegan
  • Hydrates and moisturizes lips
  • Suitable for kids
  • No SPF

These lip balms from Sky Organics come in assorted flavors like strawberry, citrus, coconut, cherry, vanilla, and mint. The brand sources its ingredients like coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E, sunflower oil, rosemary extract, and calendula from organic, artisanal farmers around the world. Do give this a shot if you want to try an organic lip care product!

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18. Korres Lip Butter

  • Comes in gorgeous colors
  • Smells wonderful
  • Extremely moisturizing
  • Long-lasting
  • Tub packaging is unsanitary.

This Greek tinted lip butter is a holy grail balm for heavily chapped lips. Its rich, buttery texture leaves the lips deeply nourished and moisturized. It is free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetics – and for a daily wear product like lip balm, it’s best to avoid such ingredients. This lip butter comes in several flavors and shades.

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19. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

  • Packed with anti-aging antioxidants
  • Lightweight yet moisturizing
  • Long-wearing
  • A little goes a long way
  • Application can be messy

This lip mask is meant to be used as a nightly recovery lip treatment to soothe your lips and replenish moisture. Not only is the brand cruelty-free, but this lip mask is also formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. It is also free of gluten and petrochemicals. This stuff is a lifesaver for winters when your lips need some extra protection and hydration.

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20. Chapstick Total Hydration 3 In 1 Lip Care

  • Makes lips smoother and healthier
  • Affordable and easily available
  • Lips feel hydrated
  • Free of sulfates and parabens
  • No SPF

Chapstick Total Hydration 3 in 1 Lip Care is a great option if you have sensitive lips. Its long-lasting, creamy formula heals dryness and replenishes moisture effectively. If you are looking for a reliable, inexpensive lip care product, this one by Chapstick definitely needs a spot in your purse and your dresser.

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Now that you’re acquainted with the best lip balms for chapped lips, here are a bunch of tips that will come in handy to prevent dry lips and heal them faster.

Tips: What Else Can I Do To Prevent And Treat Chapped Lips?

  • Watch Out For The Ingredients In Your Lip Balm

It is a good idea to choose a lip balm that is paraben-free and contains ingredients like ceramides, beeswax, lanolin, SPF, and humectants like glycerin. If you have sensitive lips, avoid ingredients like artificial colors, fragrances, menthol, and camphor.

  • Drink A lot Of Water

Staying hydrated is key for soft, supple skin and lips so make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day. It is also essential to maintain a healthy diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are amazing when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated.

  • Use Sugar To Exfoliate Dry, Peeling Lips

Sugar is a natural humectant, and a DIY exfoliating scrub made of sugar and honey is a great option to get rid of dead skin cells on your lips. Exfoliation also helps you reap all the benefits of your lip balm more intensely as the formula is absorbed into your lips with ease.

  • Apply Your Lip Balm Outside Of Your Lip Line As Well

The peripheral area around your lips tends to dry out more easily. So, dab your lip balm outside the natural line of your lips as well. You can do this every night and notice how your lips heal.

  • Don’t Pick At Your Lips If They Are Flaky

If you have dry lips, you need to stop licking them and picking at them. This will make them more dehydrated and can lead to bleeding and cold sores.

You can also use oils like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to create a lip mask for your pout when it is in need of some extra hydration. It is best to avoid matte lipsticks when you are trying to banish the dryness. Stick to a tinted lip balm instead. That was our roundup of the top 20 lips balms for dry lips. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.

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15 best lip balms

The season of sore, chapped lips is fully upon us, with the threat of snow, and maybe even another Beast from the East, looming large.

Lip balms are a pocket essential for easing the pain of dryness and protecting your most delicate skin from the elements.

Finding the most effective, easy to use and best value for money products in an increasingly saturated market involved testing each lip salve to check it lived up to “long-lasting” promises, left our lips feeling soft and protected and actually relieved discomfort in both the short and long term.

For medical back-up, we also asked some respected dermatologists to share their lipcare tips and the balms they recommend to their patients.

Here’s what they had to say:

* Lips are like a sponge. They absorb water and plump up, but when dehydrated, they dry out and shrink. They lack the waterproofing outer layer and oil-producing sebaceous glands that skin has, meaning they’re sensitive to moisture loss, especially in cold, dry air. Drinking enough water will keep the body, skin and lips hydrated.

* A lack of iron, vitamin B and fatty acids in your body can play a role in lip cracking and scaling. Be sure to take a multivitamin/mineral supplement every day to protect against the deficiencies that may be causing your chapped lips and up your good fats by eating more oily fish and nuts.

* Stop licking your lips. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that break down the lipid barrier and further aggravate dryness, leading to soreness and inflammation.

* Beeswax, shea butter and petrolatum are good ingredients to look for as they seal water inside the lips, helping to prevent and repair chapping. Coconut, jojoba and almond oils are good moisturisers. Ideally opt for agents that are free of flavour, fragrance and parabens, and avoid anything that stings or tingles after application, such as menthol, peppermint or other flavours or fragrances, as these may aggravate.

* Protect, protect, protect. Lips are susceptible to sunburn as they lack melanin, the pigment that helps shield skin from the sun. Lip cancers are prevalent, so it makes sense to ensure your balm or lipstick contains an SPF too, particularly when up in the mountains.

* Exfoliate lips at least weekly to boost blood circulation, remove dead skin and aid cell renewal. If lips are very flaky, smooth on some Vaseline first and use a dry toothbrush to gently brush back and forth, or invest in a lip scrub.

* Matt lipsticks can be extremely drying, so use sparingly when your lips are extremely chapped. Use a lipstick that doubles as a balm instead.

So, which lip balm will be your saviour this winter? We’ve whittled down the huge range out there to a top 15, featuring swivel sticks, pots and tubes. Some are vegan, some smell yummy while others are fragrance-free for easily irritated lips, and most of them cost less than a fiver.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert-advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent.

Lanolips 101 ointment, £10.99, Look Fantastic

How much?! Bear with us.This might be the priciest product on our list, but its 50-plus global beauty awards speak volumes and Harley Street’s skincare queen Lesley Reynolds recommended it to us. This multipurpose balm has 101 uses, hence the name, from healing sore lips to treating brittle nails, cracked heels, stretch marks, dry nipples, nappy rash, wetsuit rash and insect bites. It’s made Down Under from medical-grade lanolin – a fatty substance found on sheep’s wool with a molecular structure similar to that of our natural skin oils. Its thick texture takes a bit of gentle rubbing in (try warming the tube in your hands a bit first) but feels like a hug for your skin, and the tube lasts for ages as you only need to apply a tiny blob each time. Expect to notice improvements within days, making this balm well worth the splurge.

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Oriflame tender care protecting balm, £9.90, Amazon

This pocket-friendly balm from Swedish beauty brand Oriflame has been a bestseller for nearly 50 years, as its retro pink packaging attests. Its enduring formula uses beeswax, organic honey, antioxidant Vitamin E and blended emollients which creates a non-sticky barrier that helps reduce water evaporation and keep your lips moisturised for longer. It’s soft and creamy without feeling greasy.

Try it on dry or irritated patches of skin on your elbows, face, hands and feet, too (we use ours around our nose when we have a cold). This original screw-top pot is unscented, but if you like a taste to your balm, it also comes in pomegranate, cloudberry, cranberry, blackcurrant, bilberry, gingerbread, cherry and rose flavours. The only drawback is you have to dip your finger in to apply it, which is messier and less hygienic than using a bullet or tube.

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Bioderma Atoderm lip moisturising stick, £5.99, Amazon

This clinical-looking balm from French pharmaceutical company Bioderma may not scream sexy, but as an all-year-round lip conditioner, it’s hard to beat. Dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto from Cedars Dermatology in London cites it as her favourite chapped lip product on the market for its nourishing and strengthening qualities, and particularly recommends it to anyone with sensitive skin as it’s hypoallergenic and paraben-free. Golden seaweed extract, shea butter and avocado oil help to restore the film of severely problematic lips while the natural raspberry flavouring is an unexpected bonus and tastes just like candy floss. Take this balm with you on a night out – it sits brilliantly under lipstick and is fabulously kissable.

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Eucerin aquaphor soothing skin balm travel-size, £6.92, Amazon

The paraffin-based formula creates the optimum environment for your lips to maintain their moisture by forming a breathable barrier and encouraging the regeneration of cells. It’s gentle enough for use on highly irritated skin, as well as babies, and is newly available in a compact, travel-friendly pot. The gel-like texture spreads easily across lips and absorbs quickly, without any fragrance or taste, and it’s multipurpose for use on cuticles, knees and other rough patches. There’s a slight sheen to it, making it a great substitute for lip gloss on a night out, even if the packaging does look more clinical than club. The dermatologists we spoke to rated Eucerin’s balm highly for its clinically proven efficiency and excellent value, so it’s well worth a try.

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Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream lip protectant stick sunscreen SPF15, £12.35, Amazon

This chic emollient balm from Elizabeth Arden was the big hit among the dermatologists we spoke to. They raved about its power to heal broken skin and form a protective layer, thanks to ingredients including petrolatum, lanolin and beeswax. Unusually for a balm, it is both packaged and shaped like a lipstick, making it easy to reach the corners of the lips where chapping often occurs and adding a bit of glam to your lipcare. There is a mild, non-irritant citrus fragrance while SPF15 is useful in the winter sun. If you want a hint of colour, try sheer tints plum, honey, blush and berry.

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Burt’s Bees overnight intensive lip treatment, £6.99, Amazon

Keeping a lip balm with you on the go is all well and good, but severely chapped and painful lips require something stronger. Burt’s Bees – one of our go-to brands for natural skincare – recently launched a powerful moisturiser that you slather on overnight, giving the oils more time to hydrate your lips and strengthen the fragile tissue that shields them from the elements during the day. It comes in a little screw-top pot, tastes slightly minty and has a thick, buttery texture that fully coats without feeling slimy or sticky. If you’re willing to splash out on some lip TLC, we also recommend using the conditioning lip scrub to exfoliate your lips and boost blood circulation, before applying the intensive treatment – you can buy the duo for just over a tenner. If it’s good enough for dermatologists…

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P’Ure papaya lips, £5.99, Holland & Barrett

This all-natural, all-vegan lip balm is made in Australia using candelilla wax – a deep yellow, plant-based wax native to Mexico, which helps prevent moisture loss without relying upon petroleum jelly. This is mixed with organic vitamin C-rich papaya, which gently exfoliates dry skin, and shea butter, which reduces inflammation and helps restore suppleness. The balm is then packaged in a tube with an easy-to-use applicator – just be careful not to squeeze too much out at once, as a little goes a long way. It has a mildly fruity smell and feels silky as it coats your lips before slowly sinking in to rejuvenate them. P’ure is an eco-friendly brand, so there’s no palm oil (associated with damaging deforestation) in the ingredients list.

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Dr Bronner’s ginger and orange organic lip balm, £3.60, Ecco Verde

There’s a good reason why family soapmaker Dr Bronner’s has such a huge following in the States: its certified organic lip balms are made with the finest beeswax and absolutely no nasty synthetics. Moisturisation comes courtesy of jojoba, avocado and hemp oils, and the finished product is a steal for the price. Unlike many beeswax-based sticks, it glides on without the need for rubbing, absorbs quickly and feels luxuriously soft. There are four twist-up salves in the range: naked, peppermint, orange-ginger and lemon-lime. The three scented balms are lightly fragranced with high-quality essential oils, with orange-ginger our favourite, but if your lips are extra sensitive, opt for “naked”. The packaging is fully recyclable, with a third of profits going towards fairtrade initiatives.

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Jack Black intense therapy lip balm shea butter and vitamin E, £7.95, Look Fantastic

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, try Jack Black’s handy tubes. This one comes loaded with beeswax, shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E to relieve irritated lips, with the melty salve penetrating quickly to offer instant hydration and guard against windburn. Its SPF25 means you can enjoy the sun without burning your lips (apply it 30 minutes before exposure), and the flavour is sweet but far from overpowering. It is often voted a must-have male grooming product but is packaged for unisex appeal. It lasts for hours, meaning you get a lot of balm for your buck, and isn’t at all gloopy. There’s a chance you’ll notice a slight white residue if you’ve applied more than is needed, but it’s easy enough to rub in and doesn’t look too shiny.

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Vaseline mirror mirror limited edition tin, £1.99, Amazon

Founded by a British chemist in the mid-1800s, Vaseline is made from highly refined petroleum jelly – nothing less, nothing more. Those who swear by natural skincare may choose to steer clear for this reason, despite it being purified, but dermatologists recommend it as a cheap and cheerful chapped lip saviour. The latest limited edition tin has a wintery, spiced apple taste and a subtle red tint, making it a perfect substitute when your lips are too chapped to wear lipstick. Its red and black packaging is Snow White-inspired but the size and shape of the tin are the same as the original you already know, and possibly already love. It’s a timeless handbag essential.

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La Roche-Posay cicaplast lips, £6, Feel Unique

Dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams from Eudelo Dermatology & Skin recommends buying a simple lip balm without many plant ingredients, as these can be highly allergenic. Her best buy is this squeezy balm from French brand La Roche-Posay, whose products are made with antioxidant thermal spring water and specially designed for sensitive skin. It works by creating a protective film on your lips, keeping them comfortable in even the harshest of conditions, yet also penetrates more deeply, filling in cracks and repairing damage. The texture is thick yet feels light on your lips and proved especially effective when applied before going to sleep.

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Palmer’s coconut oil formula lip balm, £2.97, Amazon

US brand Palmer’s body moisturisers have been relied upon for generations and this lip balm is similarly trustworthy. Ethically and sustainably sourced raw coconut oil teams up with monoi oil and sweet almond oil to offer instant relief to painful lips and keep them hydrated for hours, while its SPF15 protects your pout in the sunshine. The swivel stick is slimmer than most, making it easy to carry around in your pocket. It’s less messy to apply, too, as the applicator mimics the shape of your lips, allowing the creamy formula to glide on. We did find it needed topping up more than others we tried, but it smells amazing, so this isn’t exactly a hardship. If you prefer a buttery balm, try the cocoa butter formula, but we found it grainy and uncomfortably tingly.

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eos organic limited edition sugarplum lip balm, £4.33, Boots

This balm is a limited edition “festive flavour” from US beauty brand eos, meaning it’s not going to be around for much longer now that Christmas has been and gone. Luckily there are still a few on the shelves, as “sugarplum” smells so divine you aren’t going to want to miss out, even if it did surprise us by tasting more spicy than fruity. The slick and modern sphere design eliminates the problem of sticky hands by coating both lips in soft, certified organic salve with one quick application. It is small but easy to find in your bag thanks to its unique shape and recyclable purple packaging. Gluten-free, hypoallergenic and not tested on animals, this balm ticks a lot of boxes and gets the thumbs up from celebrity skin therapist Louise Thomas-Minns. Best of all, it’s a bargain at under a fiver.

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Base lip solve, £7.50, Amazon

Plagued not only with dry lips but recurrent cold sores, too? Then check out this moisturising balm from British brand Base, which the Herpes Virus Association claims helps limit the frequency and severity of outbreaks. The “hero” ingredient, liquorice root, contains the anti-inflammatory extract glycyrrhizin, which strips the herpes virus of its power before a cold sore can form, as well as reducing any redness, itching and swelling from existing blisters. Shea butter smoothes and soothes, and the SPF30 makes this lip salve a handy companion on a skiing holiday. Conscious shoppers will be pleased to hear that it’s cruelty-free and vegan. It comes in a squeezy tube for the same price, but we found the bullet format less messy to use. It tastes more of vanilla than liquorice, and it’s modern, minimalistic packaging gets the thumbs-up from us.

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Weleda skin food lip balm, £6.95, Amazon

Skincare addicts will already be familiar with the legendary skin food moisturiser, beloved by A-list celebrities including Rihanna and Adele. For the first time since the launch of that much-loved product more than 90 years ago, Weleda has extended the line to include a lip balm. It comes in a mini bright green tube and is crammed with natural essential oils and waxes. Rosemary, chamomile, wild pansy and calendula combine to nourish lips, leaving them feeling rich and supple. This balm feels velvety soft to apply and offers instant calming relief to red-raw lips, but be careful when squeezing as the consistency is quite runny. It’s on the pricey side for just 8ml, but proved one of the most hydrating on our list.

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O’Keeffe’s lip repair unscented lip balm, £3.19, Amazon

O’Keeffe’s, the Californian makers of the ever-popular Working Hands hand cream, have finally added a hardworking lip balm to their range. Even the most stinging, split lips will breathe a sigh of relief after being smothered in this intensely moisturising salve, which quickly forms a moisture barrier without looking shiny. It’s unscented and hypoallergenic, making it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin. This balm lost a point for crumbling slightly during testing, but the effects were rapid and long-lasting – if you find otherwise, the brand offers a money-back guarantee. The cooling relief variety got our thumbs up, too, but although the peppermint oil gave it a fresh minty taste, some people find it an irritant, so we’re sticking to this fragrance-free swivel stick.

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The Verdict: Lip balms

Lanolips 101 ointment may be expensive at £10.99 a pop, but it’s a pleasure to use and looks after your lips and more to such a reliable extent that we now consider it a necessity buy. Bioderma’s atoderm lip moisturising stick might not be a glamorous addition to your handbag, but for a fiver is medically effective and tastes scrumptious too, while the innovative, quick-to-use design of the eos organic lip balm impressed us.

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