7 Expert-Approved Lip Balms For Healing Chapped Lips In Winter

Whether you prefer high street or high end, a lot of us tend to rely heavily on lip balm to keep our lips in tip-top condition, especially in weather like this. But of all the formulations out there, which one is the best? To answer that (very important) question, we turned to the beauty experts.

First of all, it's important to note that our lips are one of the most sensitive areas, with the skin here said to be around 3-5 times thinner than the skin on the rest of our face. This makes it much more susceptible to the elements, such as wind, cold and even heat. As well as this, because our lips have no sebaceous glands, they produce none of the hydrolipidic film that protects the skin by maintaining its moisture barrier. The lips also produce only a small amount of melanin, which means that your pout can be more susceptible to UV rays and is therefore one of the first places to show fine lines and wrinkles.

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When shopping for the right lip care, the experts often go for balms that are made with shea butter, beeswax or petroleum jelly as a hydrating base. Hyaluronic acid and peptides are key ingredients for boosting the moisture barrier and making lips look plump. SPF and hydrating oils are also great additions for warding off external aggressors, which can lead to dryness and chapping.

Check ahead for seven of the best, pro-approved balms on the market.

Kate Kerr, facialist

"This lip balm formulation really focuses on maintaining a healthy barrier function which is so important at this time of year. It contains minimal ingredients that really work to moisturise the lips, preventing and protecting the delicate skin against damage from external factors such as cold weather."
La Roche-Posay Nutritic Lips 4.7ml, $6.00 Buy
Dija Ayodele, aesthetician and founder of Black Skin Directory

"This is super hydrating and packed with hyaluronic acid, collagen-stimulating peptides, shea butter and moisturising oils like argan, rose and jojoba, but it's so lightweight on the lips. It’s fantastic on dry and chapped lips, especially. A good tip is to apply it as an overnight lip treatment, taking it slightly over the natural lip line to fortify the surrounding skin and to heal any soreness you sometimes get at the corners of your lips. It soothes instantly and is well worth its price tag of £40."
Zelens Lip Treatment Oil (8ml), $40.00 Buy
Chelseé Lewis, facialist

"Yon-Ka Paris' Skincare Nutri Contour is fabulous to soothe and nourish the lips as it boosts them with vitamins, but I also like Nivea's Lip Balm Original Care, £1.65. This is the balm I will have in my handbag and on my bathroom shelf. For a high street brand it's great at keeping your lips plump with moisture."
Yon-Ka Paris Skincare Nutri Contour, $44.44 $33.33 Buy
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Dr Ewoma Ukeleghe, aesthetic doctor and founder of SKNDOCTOR

"This is affordable, nourishing and doesn’t dry out the lips in the long term like some of the other products. It has a fairly basic petroleum formulation but the added cooling sensation is nice on lips and it really restores the moisture balance."
Blistex MedPlus Repairing Lip Balm SPF15 7ml, $2.69 Buy
Michaella Bolder, facialist

"Lip balm is an absolute obsession of mine, if I don’t have two in my bag at one time I might freak out! My most recent and long-term favourite always comes back to the good old Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant or the Intense Lip Repair. The intense moisture delivery means an immediate recovery from dry, tight or even cracked lip conditions, leaving a protected, glossy finish. Aside from that, I love the fact I can sweep a little wherever I need it on the rest of my body in case of dry skin emergencies. It's an absolute all round must-have."
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm, $20.00 Buy
Dr Justine Kluk, London-based consultant dermatologist

"This is probably the best lip balm I’ve found for persistently sore or chapped lips. It relieves discomfort almost immediately and leaves lips super soft. I have found it particularly helpful for my patients who are taking the acne medication isotretinoin, as cracked lips are a very common side-effect of treatment."
Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lip Balm 10ml, $6.00 Buy
Natasha McDade, laser and skin therapist at Regents Park Aesthetics

"Lips can become very dry and cracked and need to be treated with care, not just in the winter months. There are so many products on the market that it can feel like a minefield to know which to use. I would suggest ZO Liprebuild, which contains a variety of antioxidants to restore moisture and to bring out the natural colour of your lips. It is important for lip products to contain ingredients such as hydrolyzed sericin, which increases production of hyaluronic acid and restores hydration; peptides, which stimulate collagen to restore the skin barrier function; vitamin A and E, which help to protect from further damage caused by sunlight and pollution; and SPF. You should be using SPF in your daily skincare routine anyway, but it is also important on your lips to prevent premature ageing and loss of moisture. Lip balms that contain oils and ingredients such as beeswax and shea butter are also brilliant for hydrating the lips."
Zo Skin Health Liprebuild, $38.00 Buy
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