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, like we just said above, avoid messing with your lips, like licking or picking at them. Three, you'll want to slather on the lip balms and lip products.
A 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. (Since we've been working from home for the past nine months, I don't remember the exact amount at my desk.) 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 costwise. 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.
This lip balm from Nivea has an added bonus of SPF 15 protection because your lips need it, too. It contains shea butter, jojoba oil, and avocado oil for extra moisturizing benefits. For variety, you can choose from different flavors like Strawberry, Peach, Cherry, and Milk & Honey.
Yes, we couldn't leave the classic ChapStick off this list. It just works so well. Everyone's loyal to their specific flavor—I'm partial to the Cherry, but whenever I see a Strawberry tube, I instantly think of my best friend growing up who always had it in her pocket.
For top-notch sun protection, you'll want to go with Sun Bum's lip balm since it has broad-spectrum SPF 30. The ultra-healing formula contains vitamin E and aloe vera to keep lips moisturized all day long. It's vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, and paraben-free.
Carmex is another lip balm that has been beloved for decades. The Medicated Lip Balm not only relieves super-dry lips, but it also can be used to heal the symptoms of cold sores. It leaves a protective barrier to lock the moisture in.