The temps have dropped and our lips are officially drier than the Sahara. If winter has your pout in a painful state, here are the best lip balms for dry, chapped lips.
1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm
If you couldn't already tell from the name, this lip balm is praised for its intensive healing properties.
Reviewer verdict: "I have had a hard time looking for the perfect lip balm (I have skin issues, where my lips just get all chapped, red, flaky, and itchy whenever I use any lip products) but this one has been working so well for me! I've been using it for a little bit over a month now and so far the issues I've had in the past have not resurfaced. Will definitely keep my fingers crossed that this continue to work for me!"
2. Maybelline Baby Lips
At only four bucks a pop, this lip balm does the job without breaking the bank. Plus it's SPF 15 so it'll protect you from UV rays while you pucker up.
Reviewer verdict: "I love this product so much!! It makes my lips soft, moisturised and FLAWLESS!! I love that it can also double as an on-the-go lipgloss as is does have a very sheer glossy finish."
3. Alpha-H Absolute Lip Perfector
This popular Aussie product not only protects your lips but works as a powerful plumper.
Reviewer verdict: "I've found it really hard to find a lip balm that keeps my lips from chapping/peeling through winter, and this one by Alpha-H is the only one that works! It's smooth, blends easily into the lips, and has a refreshing minty zing which plumps up the lips. You don't have to use a lot each time, so it lasts for ages! Absolutely the best lip balm on the market :)."
4. Glossier Balm Dotcom
Glossier's Balm Dotcom is a cult-favourite amongst beauty gurus, offering a dense, waxy texture that seals in moisture no matter what (with some cute packaging too boot).
Reviewer verdict: "This is a game changer. I rub my lips together a lot to kind of spread the product out evenly and it stays through that, and it even stays on through a night's sleep. If you ever order something off of Glossier then I definitely recommend it!" says one review.
5. Lucas' Papaw Ointment
This Aussie icon is one of the hardest working products in the biz, helping to offer relief for chapped lips, minor burns, chafing, cuts, rashes, wounds, splinters and sunburn.
Reviewer verdict: "I have been using this ointment for years and wouldn't switch to anything else!! This is amazing for cracked and sore lips - I routinely use it every morning & a small amount goes a long way! Very moisturising. Mosquito bites, itchy skin - this ointment gets used for all!"
6. Lanolips 101 Ointment
This award-winning "superbalm" uses ultra-pure, medical grade lanolin, which mimics human skin lipids making it the most skin-compatible ingredient around. It holds double its weight in moisture so it's incredibly hydrating.
Reviewer verdict: "I love this product! Its an amazing lip balm and doubles to help heal any little nick or graze and also works wonders for my cuticles."
7. Natio Moisturising Lip Balm SPF 30+
Don't be fooled into thinking you can skimp on sun-safe skincare during the winter months. Natio's moisturising lip balm has got you covered with its water resistant, SPF 30+ formula. Packed with vitamin E and aloe vera, this lip balm will turn chapped lips into smooth and supple ones.
Reviewer verdict: "Really handy lip balm to have as it's really hydrating, while also having a good amount of SPF and being vegan friendly."
8. Blistex Intensive Repair
The 'ol faithful Blistex brand is beloved for a reason – its products seriously work. Especially their Intensive Repair formula, which features menthol and eucalyptus to cool burning, chapped lips. Reviewers say it can heal your poor pout in a day, if not a few hours! Plus it's deeply moisturising and not at all sticky, so it's perfect for those windy winter days when your hair is flying errywhere.
Reviewer verdict: " I get eczema, especially around my mouth, and went through a phase a few years ago where it flared up terribly. After a few days use (I just apply when my lips feel dry) the eczema around my mouth calmed right down and stopped being so red and flaky. I've continued to use this lip balm since that day, and always buy a couple whenever it's on sale. Also provides great protection from sun and wind burn when wearing it."
9. Burt's Bees Lip Balm
If you're after an all natural lip balm, Burt's Bees has got you covered. It comes in a range of different and delicious flavours (we're obsessed with their new Chai option), free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS. You can also get tinted options to give your pout a pop of colour. They even promise four hours of moisturisation with just one application. Winner.
Reviewer verdict: "I have consistently used five of these chapsticks start to finish, which is unheard of for me because I haven't been completely satisfied with a chapstick I've purchased. I either normally lose or buy a new one and continue in that cycle. Until recently! I particularly like the vanilla flavour - it smells nice and is super hydrating. I definitely recommend it!"
10. Eight Hour Skin Protectant Stick
Trust Elizabeth Arden to put a chic spin on the humble chapstick. Their ultra-nourishing lip protectant is SPF 15 and – as the name suggests – is super long lasting. It also comes in a cream version if that's more your thing.
Reviewer verdict: "This really is top notch lip protection. It wears so beautifully with or without lipstick and if you've got dry lips during the colder months, this is all you'll need. I have found that with the trend towards matte lipsticks / liquid lip products, I use this a lot to add some much-needed moisture to my lips. You can't go wrong with this product."
11. Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm
Carmex is a cult-favourite for good reason. Its ultra nourishing formula – made with camphor, menthol and cocoa butter – provides instant relief for chapped, dry lips.
Reviewer verdict: "This stuff is amazing. It tingles and feels like magic. It even stopped a cold sore from appearing. And it last ages - unlike those stupid tube lip balms that snap or get stuck half way. This doesn't need fancy colours or strange flavours. It speaks for itself. The holy grail of lip balms."