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The 8 Best Lip Balms For Dry, Chapped Lips

written by: Kristen - Beauty Editorpublished on 13 Dec, 2023

No matter the season, dry and chapped lips are never in fashion. Commonly a symptom of the cold in Winter, chapped lips can actually occur year round as the ravages of wind, UV, air-conditioning and dehydration wreak havoc on the delicate lip tissue. This can result in really sore, flaking and cracking lips. Quite often, the dryness of the lips is due to a lack of moisture within the skin. Therefore, the simple and most effective remedy is to fill in the cracks with moisturising lip balms to effectively nourish, heal and bring that kissable softness back to your pout.

The deep conditioning formulas of a good lip balm help to repair and strengthen the skin whilst these small, pocket-sized balms are perfectly portable, no matter where you go. In addition, lip balms can help your lipstick and lip gloss glide on more smoothly for longer lasting wear. So put one in your pocket, one in your car, one in your gym bag and don’t forget the office desk! Our top 8 lip balms for dry, chapped lips are perfect for men and women alike as they are sheer, protective and will nurture your lips back from the brink of flakiness.

The Best Lip Balms For Chapped Lips

1. Jane Iredale Lip Drink Lip Balm

Our first point of attack to soothe parched, dry lips is with the Jane Iredale Lip Drink Lip Balm. There’s a lot to love here with an all natural formula and delicious lemon-scent as it expertly protects your lips from environmental attack. Furthermore, this wind-up balm leaves your lips moisturised with the active powers of Avocado Oil, Coconut Extract and Aloe Leaf Extract. Furthermore, it can help to soothe sore, cracked lips as it encourages rapid healing. As a perfect lip balm for men, the translucent formula leaves a sheer and not glossy finish, but also has options for a light hint of colour if you prefer. Apply liberally as often as you remember, to rescue dry, chapped lips pronto.


2. Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm

This intensive care by Dr. Hauschka is like an ambulance to the lips. By assisting natural regeneration processes of the skin, this nice and natural lip balm soothes cracked and sore lips back to health. Boasting the powers of plant waxes such as Castor Oil and Cacao Butter, this deeply repairing formula even helps smooth wrinkles around the mouth whilst smoothing rough skin texture back to ultimate softness. Add a layer to lips throughout the day and another right before bed to wake with enviable soft, repaired lips.


3. Burt’s Bees Ultra-Conditioning Lip Balm Tubes

Just like hair conditioners strengthen hair, conditioning your lips does the same to the skin. When you need long lasting moisturisation, this Burt's Bees Lip Balm builds strength in your lips through the properties of its natural ingredients. From Shea Butter to Cocoa Butter with Coconut Oil and Avocado Oil for good measure, this go-anywhere balm tops up moisture levels for 4 hours with a richly repairing formula. And the best bit? The no-nasty natural formula is hypoallergenic to nurture your lips back from the brink of cracking, making a great choice for kids and those with skin sensitivity concerns. 


4. L'occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm

Have your lips been left damaged by the dry and harsh air? Has you love-hate relationship with air-conditioning left your lips sore and prone to cracking? It’s time to soothe irritated and flaking lips with a little more TLC. That's where the L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lip Balm comes to the rescue. Formulated with 10% Shea Butter, this balm works hard to hydrate and nourish the natural way. Not only are your lips softened and nourished but they benefit from the protective qualities this lip balm boasts. Say the emotional goodbye to your chapped lips as you welcome hydration into the picture this season.


5. ASAP Hydrating Lip Balm+ SPF15

Sun Protection Factor, sunscreen or SPF; it really just makes sense. Sun exposure is a key contributor to dry, cracked lips therefore, applying a lip balm with SPF is so appropriate that it becomes a year-round necessity. The SPF15 in this ASAP ultra-nourishing lip balm ramps up the protection factor which makes this a multitasking balm to not only repair lips, but also shields them from future damage. It’s no wonder that this lip care is a handbag staple. The unique formula of Niacinamide & Vitamin B and anti-viral Alpine Rose Extract ensures hydration as well as providing anti-ageing benefits. Additionally, the combination of Bisabolol and Ginger soothes the irritated skin and accelerates the healing process. Win-win!


6. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15

Now that we've addressed the intensive benefits of SPF within lip balm, we can introduce our next favourite. The Elizabeth Arden Nourishing Lip Protectant Stick is the 8-hour wonder we all need. Leaving our lips softer and smoother, this stick additionally ensures a radiant shine. Simplicity is this balms strength, with a formula rich in repairing Vitamin E to deeply condition and accelerate rescue the lips from cracks. Your lips are the winners here with benefits of moisture and nourishment to satisfy the cravings of your lips.


7. Inika Certified Organic Lip Balm

When choosing a lip care product, how often do you think about the ingredients within? Applying product to our lips is a necessary step to rescue them from dryness, however, thinking about what happens behind the scenes is just as important. This is where Inika Organic steps in. Made from 82% certified organic ingredients, this vegan lip balm is the one we should all be reaching for with its deliciously minty flavour and lusciously creamy texture. In addition, the deeply nourishing Vitamin E and Shea Butter encourages natural skin healing to help repair dry, flaking and cracked lips to feel soft and supple again.


8. Weleda Everon Lip Balm

Weleda is a skincare brand I've only recently been introduced to. However, I only wish I had come across it sooner. Although their Skin Food face moisturiser is an all-time favourite, so too is their Everon Lip Balm. The ultra-protective formula moisturises your lips with the active ingredients of Jojoba Oil, Beeswax and Shea Butter whilst the all-natural formula works harder to repair the skin. Where this lip balm goes one step further is to protect the lips barrier with a natural sun protection factor of 4 which furthermore prevents any drying out and consequential chapping. It's the all-rounder lip balm we all need.


There we have it, our picks of the 8 best lip balms for dry and chapped lips. It’s time to kiss away sore, irritated and compromised lips with these tried and tested nourishing, strengthening and moisturising balms.