These Hydrating Lip Balms Are the Only Things Getting Us Through Winter
Having hydrated, soft lips during the dead of winter is equivalent to perfecting winged, cat-eye liner in one fell swoop; it happens rarely, but when it does, all is well in the world. Unfortunately, dry, cracked and ultra-chapped lips can quickly become the status quo when the temperatures take a dip. And even though we always have a lipstick at the ready, drying formulas do nothing to help our parched pout’s situation. To get — and keep — your lips moisturized, smooth and flake-free, we’ve rounded up our favorite clear balms, tinted lippies, treatments and more, ahead.
Dry flakes and matte lipstick? Not the look we were going for. If your lips are in major need of hydration but you’re not willing to sacrifice color, try the YSL Volupte Tint-In-Balm. The lipstick-meets-balm hybrid delivers nourishing care, from ingredients like apricot butter and jojoba oil, as well as a nice, vivid sheer color.
If your lips are in need of some extra TLC, look no further than this Lancôme pick. Hydrating properties like vitamin E help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the lips. And get this: It’ll plump up your pout upon application, too.
Think: holiday present, but for your lips. Treat yourself (or someone else) to this feel-good lippie that brings the best of both color and comfort. With light pink, deep pink and plum, you’ll be able to find a shade that boosts your natural lip hue. Plus, this luxurious balm promises eight hours of hydration thanks to the antioxidant caper oil in the formula.
This cult-favorite and beauty-editor must-have product is obsession-worthy for a good reason. The colorless balm keeps flakes at bay and can help rehab even the driest lips. With squalane, aloe vera and vitamin E, Kiehl’s Balm #1 is a hydrating powerhouse that has found a home in pretty much every single one of our makeup bags, desk drawers and coat pockets.
Cold temperatures may not do our lips any favors but Sarah Happ certainly has us covered. Her iconic Lip Slip Balm is a holy-grail when it comes to reviving a dry pout. Plus, we love the silky sheen on lippie almost as much as the immediate results. With a hydrating combination of natural, nourishing oils, you can say goodbye to chapped lips — for good.
This lip therapy treatment is packed with essential oils to nourish your smile and infuse your lips with anti-aging ingredients. The best part? You don’t have to sacrifice getting a nice color. The newest shade in this collection, honey, will bring some warmth to your pout no matter how cold it is outside.
The same way you condition your hair, you should condition your lips. With hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil, this ultra-shiny gloss is a perfect addition and salve for dry lips. We love the sheen it gives on its own, but if you insist on wearing color, layer this lippie over top for an extra boost of hydration.