You know when your lips are so beyond chapped that it seems like nothing can help? Like, they hurt and/or sting, they're flaky as heck, and you really can't stop licking or touching them. I think we've all been there before. I know at least once a month at minimum my lips can get chapped for a few days, and especially more so in the winter months.
Sure, you can try to slather on the lip balm, but I find that no matter how much I put on throughout the day, nothing seems to work. I try to drink as much water as I can to make sure my skin stays hydrated. I turn on the humidifier at home as another way to stave off the dryness. And of course, I try to stop licking or picking at my dried-out lips as best as I can because I know that makes it way worse.
But one thing I've discovered in the past year that has really helped is applying a lip mask to really lock in that moisture. You can use a lot of these masks overnight to let them work their magic, which is great because you don't have to worry about reapplying after drinking or eating because you're, well, sleeping. I find that a lip mask, in conjunction with all of the remedies above, has helped speed up the healing time for my lips.
So now I try to do a lip mask at least once a week, even if my lips are doing okay just to make sure I'm keeping them conditioned and moisturized. Take a look at some of my favorites, plus some editor and reader best-sellers below.
1. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
2. Kiehl's Buttermask Intense Repair Lip Treatment
Kiehl's overnight treatment targets dry, flaky, and cracked lips. One reviewer wrote, "This is actually a balm. Most other products tout themselves as balms, but are just lip gloss with a slightly different formulation. I love this and use it every night before bed and also use it on my cuticles. I'm hooked—I will keep buying forever."
3. Henné Lip Mask
4. Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask
5. Kinship Supermelt Vegan Lip Jelly Mask
6. Burt's Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment
7. Fresh Sugar Recovery Lip Mask Advanced Therapy
8. Patchology FlashPatch Renewal 5 Minute Hydrogels
9. BareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Lip Mask
If you're looking for a lip mask with anti-aging benefits, you'll want to pay attention to this one. It contains plant-based retinol phyto-retinol to improve the look of fine lines. Other ingredients include hyaluronic acid for hydration and papaya enzyme to renew the lips.
10. Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask
The cool thing about this overnight lip mask is it contains topical melatonin to support the skin's melatonin levels and provide some calming effects. Other ingredients include hyaluronic acid and a berry blend (goji, açai, blueberry, and blackberry).
11. Ilia Lip Wrap Treatment Mask
12. KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask
You've probably seen these gel lip masks on Instagram. They might look a little funny on, but they really work. They're infused with collagen, hyaluronic acid, plant extracts, and vitamin E. It will leave your lips plumped and moisturized.
13. Bite Beauty Agave+ Nighttime Vegan Lip Therapy
14. 111Skin Infusion Lip Mask and Plumping Duo Stick
111Skin's treatment stick is like getting an in-office procedure without the needles. It's a two-step system: The first step has a Neodermyl (a collagen-boosting complex), Volulip (a peptide to boost hyaluronic acid production), and X Styenol (a retinol-like ingredient). The second step is more of a traditional lip treatment, working to nourish and soothe the lips.
15. Patrick Ta Major Glow Softening Lip Masque
16. Kari Gran Lip Whip Perfector
17. Sara Happ The Sweet Clay Lip Mask
Other Lip Products to Try
Made with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and glycerin, this lip treatment really gets the job done when it comes to calming, hydrating, and smoothing dry lips. It leaves a semi-matte, non-slip finish so you can pair it with your favorite lip color.
Fresh's lip scrub has brown sugar crystals which buff away any dead skin. And it also leaves your skin moisturized thanks to shea butter and jojoba oil.