A lip balm is a genius little product that’s always good to have on hand. I myself have a collection of at least eight at home, one in my car, two in my purse, and a couple at the office. (Since we’ve been working from home for the past nine months, I don’t remember the exact amount at my desk.) To put it simply, I think a lot of people out there have a similar treasure trove of balms lying around. Having one nearby helps me remember to apply it throughout the day and before I go to bed to really lock in that moisture.
When looking for a lip balm, the American Academy of Dermatology lists the following ingredients as healing for chapped lips: castor-seed oil, ceramides, dimethicone, hempseed oil, mineral oil, petrolatum, shea butter, sun-protective ingredients like titanium oxide or zinc oxide, and white petroleum jelly. If you want to avoid chapped lips, apply regularly when it’s dry outdoors or inside.
Fortunately, lip balms are pretty accessible costwise. In fact, so many of our favorites can be found at the drugstore. So if your lips are sending out an SOS in the chapped lips department, take a look at our editor picks below.