Skin Care

18 Balms That Will Make Chapped-Lips Season Bearable

A really great lip balm is a key step of any routine year-round, but this time of year? They're a must-have when it comes to preventing dry, chapped, and/or cracked lips as a result of bitter winter weather and constantly wearing masks.

Another thing to note: While the plastic tubes and sticks may seem one and the same, the truth is that they very much are not. Sure, you could head to the drugstore and grab the closest formula to the checkout line, but there are so many lip balms on the market, why not consider all your options instead?


We rounded up 18 of the best lip balms money can buy, at every price point. From the cutest novelty packaging to the OG picks, and even a couple of tinted choices, you'll be sure to find something that suits you, ahead.

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Laneige Lip Glowy Balm

After the runaway success of its Lip Sleeping Mask, Laneige made a lighter version of the cult favorite for daytime wear that comes in four fruity flavors. Although it's not quite as thick as the original, this balm provides the same intense moisture and a sheer, shiny tint.
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Dr. PawPaw Tinted Multipurpose Soothing Balm

This juicy salve derived from papaya fruit comes in a variety of tinted hues (plus a crystal-clear one) and can be used to hydrate lips, strobe high points of the face, and add a dewy flush to cheeks.
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Milk Makeup KUSH Lip Balm

The hemp-derived cannabis oil in this new lip balm won't get you high, but it will give you the softest, flake-free lips. Don't let the green tint spook you: The formula goes on clear and glossy.
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Skinfood Avocado & Olive Lip Balm

If you're going to be carrying a product around 24/7, why not opt for something cute? This balm doesn't just look like an avocado: It's also infused with the naturally-fatty fruit to nourish and moisturize the lips.
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eos Pineapple Passionfruit Lip Balm

These orb-shaped containers are a perennial favorite — not only because they're fun to look at, but also because they offer SPF and juicy flavors like this pineapple passionfruit.
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Glossier Balm Dotcom

This beloved balm has a tacky (in a good way) quality that helps it stay in place, keeping lips moisturized through your morning commute and your second coffee of the day. It also comes in a range of different flavors, including Birthday — inspired by dessert.
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Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

It may be marketed toward men, but this SPF-packed bestseller is a win for everyone, thanks to its refreshing mint flavor and the instant relief it provides for irritated lips.
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Sahajan Lip Karma

Packed with castor, grapeseed, and argan oils, this balm does your lips good by offering deep hydration and shine in a rich formula. Better yet: In partnership with Plan International's Because I Am A Girl campaign, which helps fund education for young girls worldwide, the brand donates one day of school for a girl in a developing country with each purchase.
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It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Lip Treatment

In addition to having a smooth, creamy texture that keeps lips conditioned, this innovative lip balm contains pigments that work with your natural lip color for a flushed finish.
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Carmex Classic Lip Balm Jar

You can't talk about lip balm without mentioning Carmex, the medicated lip protectant that works like no other (and, no, is not actually addictive).
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Dr. Barbara Sturm Lip Balm

Celebrities and editors alike can't get enough of Dr. Barbara Sturm's skin-care line, so when it came to creating a lip balm, the brand had to deliver. No surprise here: It did, creating a blend of oils, butters, and waxes in one super-soft, non-sticky balm that can even be used for a subtle glow on eyelids and cheekbones.
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Bioderma Atoderm Nourishing and Repairing Lip Stick

If you have sensitive lips, this lip balm was made for you. It effectively repairs and nourishes the skin with ingredients like shea butter, without causing any irritation.
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Dior Addict Lip Glow

There's a reason beauty editors and makeup artists swear by this sheer balm: In addition to being deeply moisturizing, it creates a natural-looking flush within seconds of application.
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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15

Sugar is the star ingredient of this line of best-selling balms: The sweetener actually works as a humectant to help preserve moisture.
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Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm

Don't be alarmed by the tingling effect of this lip balm: It just means the eucalyptus oil and hyaluronic acid formula is doing its job to give you fuller and smoother lips.
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Caudalie Lip Conditioner

In the same way you look for active ingredients for your serums and moisturizers, look for them in your lip care, too. This one from Caudalie has enough active ingredients, antioxidants, and oils to practically be a skin-care treatment in and of itself.
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Smith's Rosebud Salve

This formula has been around since 1895, and for good reason: It's the ultimate multitasker that can be used to tame frizz or baby hairs, add a hint of color to cheekbones, soothe dry cuticles, and yes, repair chapped lips.
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Pixi +Rose Lip Nourisher

Think of this Pixi tube as the holy trinity of lip balms: It smooths, hydrates, and adds just enough tint to wake up your face (and keep your lips soft and plump) in one swoop.
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