Lip balm is important: the skin on your lips is thinner than the rest of your body, so it’s also the most prone to dryness and cracking. Threats to your lips come from everywhere: sunburn, windburn, cold and dry air, bacteria, cold sores, as you call them. It’s a rough world for your kisser. For all of these reasons, you need a plan to keep that skin strong and smooth – and this solution comes packaged in a tiny tube or can.
A great lip balm is packed with nourishing oils like sunflower, castor or tea tree and skin-smoothing butters like cocoa or shea. Highly concentrated balms prevent dryness and cuts from deteriorating, retain existing moisture and protect the lips from the daily attack of the outside world. We rounded up seven of our favorite balms (after testing around 700,000 of them). Whether you’re treating chapped lips or preventing the next one, these are the best lip balms on the market.
The best lip balm (which you can use on the rest of your body too)
Dr. Rogers RESTORE lip balm
The herbal lip balm by Doctor Rogers quickly heals the worst cracks and does without potentially harmful ingredients such as petroleum, lanolin, parabens, phthalates, sulfates or fragrances. And because it is a remix of their cult favorite balm “Everywhere Balm”, this product not only heals and protects the lips: you can apply it to your cuticles, dry patches of skin, eczema, tattoos, cuts, burns, as you call it.
The best lip balm with sun protection factor
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
Your lips need SPF protection too. Jack Blacks balm protects the valuable skin with sun protection factor 25 from UV rays and strong ski slope winds. It also provides vitamin E and green tea, which further protects against skin-frying elements.
The best lip balm for prescription healing
Burt’s Bees medicated lip balm
If you’ve got more than cracked lips – we’re talking about cold sores and cold sores – speed healing with this drugstore favorite infused with menthol and eucalyptus. (It goes without saying that it will provide a charged solution even in the drought at standard levels.)
The best smelling lip balm
Malin + Goetz Mojito lip balm
The gel-based balm from Malin + Goetz, which smells like mojito, also uses fatty acids to soften and fill the lips on contact and at the same time protect them from further stress. It’s in a squeeze tube instead of a roll-on stick, so it’s easy to share with others who kiss you. (From a logistical point of view, this shouldn’t have bothered you at all, but it still should.)
The best organic lip balm
Dr. Bronner’s organic lip balm
This beeswax balm uses organic oils to moisturize and soften the lips: jojoba, avocado and hemp oils provide nutrients and moisture, while peppermint essential oil gives you that tingling freshness so you can feel how it works.
The best lip balm for topping up
Blue Lagoon Island lip balm
This lip balm has the same healing powers as the otherworldly Blue Lagoon. And that’s because it uses the same science and technology to deliver nutritious blue-green microalgae. It supports the collagen levels of the lips and keeps them plump, while a range of butters, oils and extracts keep the skin soft and firm.
The best overnight lip treatment
CO Bigelow overnight lip balm
The best time to restore (and prevent) dry lips is overnight. This is because your cells regenerate while you sleep. So you want a product like CO Bigelow’s shea butter balm to promote the regenerative benefits. Apply something before bed, regardless of whether your lips are really sore or just need an extra line of protection against cold, dry air. In the morning you wake up with a soft, sleek set.