Do you ever find like your lips are completely dry? In winter, the combination of cold air and central heating leaves them tired and sore. One day, think about the SPF in the heat, and all of a sudden they're warm and flaky. Not a good basis for all the beautiful lipsticks in your makeup stash.
We just need a little extra food, but with a range of lip products out there from paints, to primers and (super-important) SPF protectors, it can be hard to decide where to turn.
The right lip balms deliver the kind of redemption you're hoping for. Even still, they're getting smarter than ever before. They're primed and able to soothe chapped lips, and they can even double up for slathering on the nose covered with raw tissues – just make sure you have your own stash on your own.
Crusty lip tip: cool air drying out your lips? Give them a short scrub before placing your favorite balm on top of it.
Here are some of our lip balms picks for 2020.
Lightly flavored with almond and pear, this beeswax-and-shea butter stick hydrates with almond and sunflower oils, says Aral. Its stain-free finish ensures no goo or clear polish. With over 9,000 five-star ratings, it's also Amazon's most famous lip balm. Reviewers say, "Burt's Bees appears to be going better" than other lip balms, "and I can certainly sense the calming effect more."
On top of containing vitamins C and E, this pick protects the fragile lip skin from the sun's dangerous SPF 15 rays. Due to mineral sunscreen titanium dioxide, this wide-spectrum balm does not have the bad taste that other SPF chemical products may have. Plus, it's loaded with antioxidants, and it's also available in six flavored formulations for a bit of light, or a colorless select for none at all.
Simple may be stronger when it comes to balm. Using only three ingredients — shea butter, petrolatum, and vitamin E — Vaseline balm is a simple cure for your parched, sliced lips that can hydrate without stickiness. This also comes with a variety of aromas and flavors, from rose to calming aloe and hydrating cocoa butter.
This balm was named Gold Winner of the 2013 Good Housekeeping Anti-Aging Awards for its calming, softening formula. After four weeks, a blend of line-plumping hyaluronic acid and nourishing jojoba and grapeseed oils made the tester's lips noticeably smooth. It comes in both colorless and pink formulations.
Formulated with 1% hydrocortisone, this lip balm doesn't only make your lips feel better — it literally soothes inflammation and pain for dramatic results in only a few uses. It's made with only a few ingredients (beeswax, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, and hydrocortisone) to soothe the ragged lips and avoid possible moisture loss.
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