The Best Balms

For renewing lifeless locks or smoothing flaky lips, these five salves (we tested 50!) are the balm.com.

1

Best for Hair

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Davines Authentic Moisturizing Balm
Packed with organic safflower, sesame, and sunflower oils, this formula treats dull, overprocessed hair. Slather on damp strands, let sit for five minutes, then rinse. Bonus: A pea-size drop on wiry ends fights frizz.

To buy: $26.50, davines.com.

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2

Best for Eyes

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Boscia Super-Cool De-Puffing Eye Balm
Peptides help reduce bags and circles, while menthol helps you fake that wide-awake look. The lightweight formula dries quickly, letting makeup go on smoothly. "I store it in the fridge so it's extra refreshing," one tester said.

To buy: $26, sephora.com.

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3

Best for Body

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Josie Maran Divine Drip Honey Butter Balm
Arguably the most decadent body moisturizer, this balm—with argan oil, clover honey, and mango butter—melts into skin (even scruffy elbows and knees) for a silky finish. Apply to damp skin for best results.

To buy: $42, josiemarancosmetics.com.

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4

Best for Face

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Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow
Rub onto dry skin, then wipe off, to remove stubborn makeup; wear it overnight as a mask; or use it as a daily moisturizer. Vitamins A, C, and E help firm and plump, and fight free radicals, too.

To buy: $60, charlottetilbury.com.

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5

Best for Lips

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Jurlique Rose Love Balm
Made with good-for-your-skin ingredients, such as olive oil, beeswax, and vitamin E, this little pot comforts and protects lips and other dry-prone areas, like cuticles, without any residue. "I use it for everything, even taming my brows," said one tester.

To buy: $12, jurlique.com.

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