These Are the Lip Balms That Work for Us, and They're All at the Drugstore

Dry lips season, we meet again. It's no secret that the cold weather can really do a number on your lips, causing them to be chapped, dried out, and sometimes painfully cracked. When this happens, you'll do anything to get them back in smooth shape. You'll try not to lick your lips, because you know it won't help at all, but heck, why does it feel so much better to do that?

There are a couple of remedies for chapped lips. One, you'll want to make sure you're hydrated, which has benefits not just for your lips but also for your whole body. Two, avoid messing with your lips, like licking or picking at them. Three, you'll want to slather on the lip balms and lip products.


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lip balm is a genius little product that's always good to have on hand. I myself have a collection of at least eight at home, one in my car, two in my purse, and a couple at the office. To put it simply, I think a lot of people out there have a similar treasure trove of balms lying around. Having one nearby helps me remember to apply it throughout the day and before I go to bed to really lock in that moisture.

When looking for a lip balm, the American Academy of Dermatology lists the following ingredients as healing for chapped lips: castor-seed oil, ceramides, dimethicone, hempseed oil, mineral oil, petrolatum, shea butter, sun-protective ingredients like titanium oxide or zinc oxide, and white petroleum jelly. If you want to avoid chapped lips, apply regularly when it's dry outdoors or inside.

Fortunately, lip balms are pretty accessible cost-wise. In fact, so many of our favorites can be found at the drugstore. So if your lips are sending out an SOS in the chapped lips department, take a look at our editor picks below.


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This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated.

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Managing Editor

Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.