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Product Reviews, Skin Care

10 Best Lip Balms for Treating Dry Chapped Lips

Melanie Yates

For softer, healthier and fuller looking lips, you need to be using lip balms and treatments that are formulated especially for this purpose. These products contain silicon oil and beeswax to seal in moisture, while antioxidants include vitamins and minerals to prevent dryness.

 The lip balm products from Nars and Burt’s Bees are well known brand names that are sold in most department stores or drugstores.

Few issues can be as uncomfortable as chapped lips. Our lips are quick to suffer but not easy to remedy. After our eyes, our lips are the most delicate part of the face and should be treated that way.

 Lip balms provides some much needed hydration to the area while also functioning as a barrier which traps in existing moisture for lasting effects.

Beyond moisturizing, there are a few ways to avoid drying out your lips. As much as possible, try to breathe through your nose rather than your mouth.

When your lips are dry, try to drink water and eat vitamin-rich food more often. It might also help to apply lip balm after eating or drinking (for a few minutes) because moisture left on your lips from food or drink can also

evaporate worsening dryness. When you’re using lip balm be sure to apply it after both eating and drinking.

Laneige vanilla lip sleeping mask

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Best: Overall

This is an intensive moisturising treatment working serious magic overnight. The pot comes with a small spatula to apply a light layer before bed, and it enriched with vitamin C shea butter and moisture-retaining hyaluronic acid.

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 After applying this treatment, your lips will have absorbed a lot of the product so that they will look soft and plump in the morning.

The lip balm did a good job of preventing and curing chapped lips, after using it on the product. It can even be applied as a daytime treatment for stubborn dryness.

Fresh sugar spice tinted lip treatment

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Best: SPF lip balm

There are a lot of shades in this tinted lip balm but color is the most universally flattering. It delivers a buildable pop of color that’s more subtle and less high maintenance than a proper lipstick.

The Clinique Moisture Surge Lip Balm is a hydrating balm that hydrates, protects and feels silky smooth. It melts into the lips, leaving a sheen that doesn’t feel greasy. Hydration is longlasting and healing cracked lips in a matter of days. The lip balm includes SPF 15 which protects your lips from sun exposure and prevents peeling.

La Mer the lip balm

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Best: For instant hydration

The Miracle Broth Lip Balm is a luxurious lip balm that penetrates deeply into your skin to repair and strengthen the skin barrier with La Mer’s patented Miracle Broth. It contains a unique blend of nutrients and minerals that helps strengthen your skin’s natural ability to retain moisture and fight free radicals. The Miracle Broth Lip Balm is available in three delicious flavours. 

After a week or so of regular use our lips felt and looked supple from the moment we woke up. Our lips remained supple for several months until we used one pot’s worth of product.

Glossier balm dotcom

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Best: For variety

There’s a reason why this is one of the cult favorites, and only half of that is to do with how it smells. People can choose between original rose mango cherry mint coconut berry wild fig, or birthday – the latter being our favorite. It smells like a funfetti cake tastes just as good, and has a subtle sparkle in the formula.

 this balm has a very dense waxy texture as it’s formulated with petroleum jelly castor oil and beeswax. This feels heavy at first but later on your lips warms up and melts to a lighter consistency.

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This lip balm has good staying power and leaves lips feeling moisturized. It is perfect for priming severely chapped lips before applying lipstick, which makes it an ideal product for wearing when you wake up in the morning.

Aroma Active Laboratories soothing solid lip oil

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Best: Solid lip oil

This product is a hybrid of two laboratories and it works to provide affordable solutions for daily problems. It does this by combining shea butter, jojoba oil, and calendula with neroli oil for extra luxury.

‘This Super Balm is a unique product as it functions as a lip balm and an oil. It leaves lips with a silky texture and feeling nourished, soft and flake-free with no greasy residue.

Buy now £8, Boots.com

Fenty Beauty pro kiss’r luscious lip balm

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Best: For wearing under lipstick

Lips as luscious as Rihanna herself need to be moisturized. This balm locks in moisture from the first application, without any ingredients being too harsh on your lips. It has a peach vanilla scent that is not too strong and makes you want more.

Buy now £18, Boots.com

Nars after glow lip balm in dolce vita

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Best: Tinted lip balm

This is a balm that Nars launched as a limited edition product, but quickly became a permanent fixture at Nars. It’s slightly pigmented with dusky rose and it’s perfect for achieving that elusive “no makeup makeup” look. It has a gloss to give lips some shine without being sticky or tacky, so you’ll love how light it feels on your lips!

Buy now £19.80, Feelunique.com

Vaseline rosy lips

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Best: Value lip balm

Yes it’s as basic as it gets but this is one of our favorite lip products. This is mostly down to its rosy tint which gives just enough color to liven up your complexion without having to fuss with actual lipstick. Of all the lip balms we’ve tried, this made our lips look fullest — in fact its effects were comparable to actual plumping products we’ve seen despite containing none of the usual plumping ingredients.

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The Vaseline brand of lip care products simply prevent lips from getting dry, instead of actually moisturizing them. so, this product will help if you have milder dryness but it’s not going to fix a severe case.

Buy now £1.95, Superdrug.com

Lanolips lemonaid lip treatment

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Best: For exfoliating dead skin

We’re pleased to tell you about this organic lemon-oil product that Lanolips has. The balm is gentle, so it won’t cause irritation on your skin, but it provides a good exfoliation that absorbs the hydration provided by lanolin while giving your lips a slight pink tint.

The glossy sheen lasts much longer than other balms but the effects go way beyond that. Free of rough flaky skin our lips looked smooth, rejuvenated, and plump.

Buy now £8.99, Boots.com

Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm

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Best: Lip balm stick

‘There are plenty of replicas of this cult classic but nothing beats the original. The blend of beeswax and vitamin E conditions lips quickly and acts as a sealant to trap moisture. It also contains peppermint which does cause lips to tingle slightly at first. However we personally found the sensation refreshing and sort of like a mild form of the side effects from plumping products.

A light layer is enough to boost hydration on the go but also layers up nicely to provide deep hydration overnight. The formula is so light and silky that it melts into skin and dries down quickly without any tackiness or heaviness. It is great for skin that needs extra moisture as it works well on all skin types, even sensitive skin. The formula is so light and silky.

Buy now £3.99, Burtsbees.co.uk

The verdict: Lip balms

Laneige masks have become a global phenomenon with their iconic tubs and “magic sleeping mask” formulas. The Laneige vanilla lip sleeping mask is their ode to the legendary brand. Their masks have a light vanilla scent with a unique twist to their formula that gives this mask a smooth texture and helps it spread evenly across the lips. 


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