We Tested 50 Lip Treatments for Winter—These Are the Best
Arm yourself with one of these six winners (out of 50 tested), and winter will never suck the life out of your lips again. Mwah!
The only thing worse than chapped lips in the winter is a lip balm that doesn’t solve the problem. With winter temperatures only getting lower and the air only getting drier, parched lips are becoming harder and harder to avoid. Newsflash: licking your lips further dries them out and only makes the problem worse.
Never fear—the answers are here. From scrubs to balms to oils, our expert beauty team tested and tried out over 50 different lip pampering formulas to get your lips primed and prepped to face the brutal winter weather. When you need an extra shot of moisture to your pout, try out one of the products below to hydrate, smooth, and soften, leaving you free to throw on your favorite holiday party dress and a bold lip color. No need to avoid the mistletoe this year. Check out any of the below have pucker ready lips all winter long.
Best Tinted: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Orchid
When you want both color and care, swipe on this delightful tinted balm, which comes in 18 shades. Nourishing meadowfoam and black currant seed oils, antioxidant grape-seed oil, and moisturizing sugar leave lips supple and smooth. Apply one coat for a sheer veil of color or layer a few for a bolder pop. The bright pink shade pictured (Orchid) comes out next month.
To buy: $24; sephora.com.
Best Oil: ChapStick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Lip Oil in Sweet Nectar
This nonsticky oil feels luxurious but costs only five bucks. Vitamins E and C and omegas melt into lips for a shot of moisture.
To buy: $5 each; target.com.
Best Scrub: Burt’s Bees Natural Conditioning Lip Scrub
Applying lipstick over chapped lips is the pits. Keep lips smooth by rubbing on this honey-crystal and beeswax scrub. Store it in the shower for no mess.
To buy: $9; target.com.
Best Mask: Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask
Lips lose moisture overnight, so before bed, slick on this murumuru and shea butter cream—it’s like a hug for your lips, undoing the damage from the day.
To buy: $14; ulta.com.
Best Balm: Vaseline Lip Therapy Lip Tin
Made from the original wonder jelly (a 140-year cult-classic formula), this nongreasy balm soothes cracked lips (and other dry patches).
To buy: $4; cvs.com.
Best Primer: Sara Happ Plump and Prime Lip Airbrush
Wear alone for a pretty neutral or layer it under your lip color. Microspheres fill in any crevices so lips look smoother and fuller.
To buy: $28; amazon.com.