I don’t know about you, but my lips are already crazy chapped. Cold temperatures, wind, and indoor heat suck all the moisture out of your lips, causing painful chapping that hurts constantly, and absolutely kills when you eat anything acidic. Wearing lip balm creates a barrier against the elements, so your lips are protected and less likely to chap. Did you know that those tiny cracks in your lips caused by chapping can be an entry point into your body for bacteria, which can cause infection? All the more reason to slather on the balm. Here are some of the best options.
eos Lip Balm ($3): Partly because it’s round & cute, mostly because it works like nothing else. Feels like you’re wearing nothing at all–no greasy, sticky feeling. And the flavors actually taste good! (Image via Target)
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($7): These natural balms provide heaps of hydration, with a sheer finish and a light tint to give your lips some color. I really like them for those times when your lips are so chapped & sore that putting anything on them feels painful because you don’t need another product (lipstick or gloss) on top of it to give you a little color. Available in Pink Blossom (pictured), Rose, Honeysuckle, Hibiscus, Red Dahlia, & Tiger Lily. (Image via drugstore.com)
VS Pro Smooth FX Lip Scrub & Balm ($16): Since lipstick looks horrible on flaky, cracked skin, you need to get rid of the dead skin on your lips. This double-duty scrub and balm will help you slough away dead, flaky skin and hydrate your freshly-exfoliated smoocher. (Image via Victoria’s Secret)
Aquaphor Lip Repair & Protect ($5): The real deal, this super-thick, jelly-like ointment & balm seeps deep into cracks and fissures on the lips, providing a barrier against the elements (wind, sun, cold temps) that make chapping worse. It helps you heal faster because it protects the vulnerable, thin skin of your lips. (Image via drugstore.com)
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF15 ($22.50): One of the priciest lip balms on the market–and one of the best. No, you don’t need to spend the money on this, but if you do, you’ll be amazed at how good it makes your lips feel. It’s almost like a lightweight, non-sticky glaze (that you forget you’re wearing) for lips that delivers tons of moisture and smells faintly of bright lemon. (Image via Sephora)