One of the trickiest winter beauty problems I've ever encountered is how to keep my lips from turning dry and chapped in the harsh Northeastern weather. It's a problem I never had when I lived in more humid climates, and over the past four winters, I've gone through a lot of trial and error in how to fix it. Now, on the cusp of my fifth NYC cold season, I feel like I've done enough personal research to make a few recommendations for those who find themselves in similar situations.
No matter what your budget, I can keep your lips moisturized all winter long with one of the ten products below. I promise!
Carmex Original Tube Lip Balm Three-Pack
$2.77 via Target
First things first: there's a reason why this stuff has been around so long, and at less than a dollar a tube, you can stash one in every room of your house and every handbag you own.
Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm
$24 via Macy's
This balm is moisturizing without being sticky or film-y, and it smells ever so slightly of roses.
Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss
$16.50 via Macy's
Most of the best, most moisturizing balms don't come in any fun colors or finishes, but this one is an exception. It ranges from this light, universal shade to quite dark.
Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow
$33 via Neiman Marcus
This highly moisturizing solid gloss is a cult favorite among beauty editors because of how it enhances everyone's natural lip color to be a little bit more intense and flattering. Also, it's SPF10!
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy
$12 via Sephora
I've been using this stuff for the past week and have been super impressed. It sinks into the lips instead of sitting on the surface and creating a weird, waxy buildup like so many intense lip treatments, which makes it a perfect option for overnight wear and as part of a daily skincare routine. If you're going to be wearing a bold lipstick or moisture-sucking matte, put this stuff on your lips first while you get ready. It also smells minty fresh.
Glossier Balm Dotcom Three Pack
$36 via Net-a-Porter
This product is a balm, but it's not just for lips--it will spot-hydrate you pretty much anywhere while still being totally safe to use on your mouth.
Ilia Lip Conditioner
$26 via Net-a-Porter
I've had a tube of this stuff on my desk for a couple years now. It's colorless and not too thick, which makes it a perfect option to swipe on throughout the day to keep myself looking well-hydrated.
La Mer Lip Balm
$55 via Net-a-Porter
If you want to go all-out, we can't think of anything more luxe than smearing La Mer on your lips.
Lancer Volume-Enhancing Lip Serum
$40 via Sephora
Lips tend to get thinner as we age, and this treatment from serious skincare brand Lancer not only provides moisture, but also gives a boost to the lip's natural collagen, helping fill them out a bit.
MAC Lip Conditioner
$16 via Macy's
MAC makes some super-drying lipsticks, but it also makes the antidote.
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