Serious Lip TLC: Products to Repair Winter-Ravaged Kissers
Trendy ultra-matte liquid lipsticks and sharp-lined pouts don't have a chance if you've got dry, chapped, flaking lips. Don't worry that you're alone—we're all struggling. When winter winds begin to blow, the air becomes not only colder but drier too. These eight lip treatment products will get your lips in prime shape, just in time for Valentine's Day.
BITE Beauty Agave Lip Mask Sephora, $26
Don't let its ultra-thick texture scare you, because this stuff penetrates even the driest of lips better than so many products. Apply when you begin your makeup, and by the time you're ready for lip color, you won't even recognize your lips! The tube packaging allows you to squeeze out every last drop, and trust us, you'll want to!
Sephora Super Nourishing Lip Balm, Sephora, $5
This $5 lip balm performs better than many products that are triple the price. Enriched with meadowfoam oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E, it glides on silky smooth and has an almost marshmallow-like scent. Just trust us, and grab several!
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, Palmer's, $3.50
Sometimes Mom really does know best! I've been putting this on my lips before bed for over 2 decades! My mom swears by this for not only moisturizing lips but also preventing stretch marks. It smells like chocolate and gives lips a healthy sheen.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Fresh, $24
If you like a more luxe-feeling lip balm, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment looks, feels, and smells fancy. The sweet lemon-scented balm glides on with the help of jojoba, meadowfoam seed, seed avocado, and black currant. Don't say we didn't warn you! You'll be regularly investing in lip balm in no time.
Lush Cosmetics Lip Scrub, in Bubble Gum, Lush Cosmetics, $10
These scrubs taste sweet as sugar because that's precisely what they are! With delicious flavors from your childhood—like Bubblegum and Popcorn, you will love sloughing off dead skin! With organic jojoba oil and castor sugar, it tastes yummy and makes lips look and feel super-duper soft. Follow with a lip balm.
Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Target, $4
Back in the day when I was running races, Aquaphor was the only lip balm that would actually stay on my lips mile after mile. I love its thick texture because it really helps protect my skin from the elements. It's also great for mixing with a too-bright lipstick or even a loose eyeshadow or blush to create custom glosses.
Farmacy Lip Bloom, Sephora, $16.50
In artisanal-sounding flavors, Farmacy Lip Blooms are enriched with echinacea and castor and sunflower seed oils. Even the funkier-sounding flavors like Rosemary Apple smell totally amazing! I like Lavender Mint before bed and Citrus Lemongrass to perk up in the morning. Strawberry Basil is perfect for when you want to reminisce about warm summer days.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, Sephora, $12
I love that this has white tea and colloidal oatmeal to soothe irritated lips. The squeeze tube makes it easy and hygienic to apply, and if you need any more convincing, it's free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
Now that your lips are soft as a little baby's buns, go smooch your sweetie!