6 Best Lip Balms to Use Throughout Winter


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Winter, read our lips: you’re not drying us out this year. Armed with moisturizing products ranging from ultra-healing ointments to tubes of tinted hydration, you’ll be ready to fight the frost without cracking from the cold.

Read on for our favorite balms to soften, repair and protect your pout from the elements.

By Terry Baume de Rose, $60

We’re kicking off our list with a luxurious cult-classic. This rejuvenating salve nourishes lips with a moisturizing combination of floral oils, rose wax, ceramides, and vitamin E. The rich formula targets dry, damaged and aging skin for smooth results with the uplifting aroma of fresh roses.

RMS Beauty Lip & Skin Balm, $25

Kiss textured lips goodbye with this coconut oil-infused, potted lip balm. The creamy texture envelops lips in hydration, effectively soothing lip rashes, dryness and flakiness while softening fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, this pleasantly scented cocoa butter balm melts on the lips without that uncomfortable sticky feeling.

Lord Jones Whole Plant Formula CBD Lip Balm, $19

Infused with premium hemp-derived CBD, extra virgin olive oil, and shea butter, this lip-softening balm glides on like butter for deep hydration with a lightweight feel. Use morning and night to maintain skin suppleness and apply a thin layer before lipstick application to seal in moisture.

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment Lip Balm, $8.95

This rich lip balm acts more like an ointment to deeply heal chapped lips with added antibacterial properties to protect against infection. The secret? Antimicrobial carica papaya (aka papaw), a fruit grown and fermented in Queensland Australia. When added to pharmaceutical-grade petroleum, the papaw fruit can be applied topically to restore cracked lips to a soft, healthy state. Not to mention, this multipurpose formula may be used to relieve symptoms of dermatitis and eczema, as well as treat minor cuts and burns.

Jouer Cosmetics Essential Lip Enhancer Shine Balm in Mariposa, $20

We love a good tinted lip balm, especially one that increases your pout’s fullness. With protective shea butter, softening jojoba oil, and Jouer’s Essential Lip Enhancer formula, this tube holds the key to a plumper, smoother pout with diminished fine lines. Unlike typical tinted balms, one swipe yields pigmented color with a weightless, non-slippery finish.

RMS Beauty Tinted Daily Lip Balm in Twilight Lane, $20

If you’re looking to maintain lip softness throughout the week, this balm delivers lightweight hydration with a hint of just-bitten color. Backed by jojoba oil, cocoa seed butter, and candelilla wax, this antioxidant-rich formula delivers a moisturizing flush that stays put for smooth, natural results.