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6 editor-recommended lip balms that will save your cracked, painful pout

Katie Dupere
·5-min read

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Bye-bye, buyer’s remorse. In The Essentials Edit, In The Know’s editors and creators share the favorite essential items they can’t live without. From treasured white tees to favorite face moisturizers, these are the tried-and-true products our editors love — and the items you need to know.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for everything except your lips. While the winter brings sparkling snowfall, cozy vibes and copious amounts of hot chocolate, this time of year also brings dry, cracked lips. And no one has time for that.

Do you have a painfully cracked and plain-sad pout? Well then, you need a quality lip balm.

The best lip balms keep your pout hydrated and happy all day long, even in the most treacherous winter weather. Plus, the perfect solution for chapped lips is full of stellar ingredients at a not-so-steep price, feeling like luxury and lasting you all season.

In The Know’s shopping editors have tried countless lip balms over the years, searching for our personal favorites among the endless options. Check out our picks for the best lip balms on the market, which will save your smile this season.

Shop: Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment Lip Balm, $26

Credit: Fresh
Credit: Fresh

“My go-to lip balm is definitely Fresh’s Sugar Advanced Therapy Treatment Lip Balm — especially during the winter months. This lip balm is super creamy and thick without ever feeling sticky, which helps me justify its $26 price tag. I swipe this on every night before I go to sleep and wake up every morning with a hydrated pout. Plus, it comes in a pink-tinted shade, if you’re looking for a balm that adds a bit of color.” — Julia Webb, Commerce Editor

Shop: NEOVA SmartSkincare Cu3 Lip Repair, $26

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

“I have the driest, saddest lips ever, so I have no qualms about spending almost $30 on this lip balm because it really works. It’s actually more like a lotion than a balm, but don’t let that deter you. Almost instantly, it stops my lips from cracking and peeling, and keeps them soft for hours.” — Jeanine Edwards, Commerce Director

Shop: Kosas Lipfuel, $18

Credit: Kosas
Credit: Kosas

“I have been absolutely loving this Lipfuel made by clean beauty brand Kosas. It nourishes and hydrates my lips, making them feel silky smooth. My go-to is the Baseline shade, which is just a clear balm, but it also comes in other tinted shades to give your lips the perfect hue of color. This product is great for the cold winter months and drastically improves my chapped lips — although I do use it year-round and have one in each purse.” — Nikki Kessler, Video Producer

Shop: Meow Meow Tweet Rosemary Eucalyptus Lip Balm, $14

Credit: Meow Meow Tweet
Credit: Meow Meow Tweet

“This moisturizing balm is the absolute best thing I’ve ever used on my lips. This balm has none of the gross stuff in commercial lip balms that can actually dry out your lips even more. Plus, it’s made with soothing and natural oils. The balm comes in a paper tube, which you can recycle or compost, making the product sustainable and low waste. The rosemary-eucalyptus scent is so relaxing and pampering. You and your lips deserve that kind of luxury!” — Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor

Shop: Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm, $18.95

Credit: Lanolips
Credit: Lanolips

“I searched for more than five years to find the perfect lip balm to use during winter, and now I tell everyone about it. If you suffer from dry, cracked lips when cooler weather hits, this lip balm is perfect. It actually is known as the lip balm that sells every minute — it’s the Lanolips Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm. Because it’s made from pure-grade Australian Lanolin, which is a moisturizing oil that naturally occurs in sheep’s wool, the balm is extra dense but never sticky. It provides enough relief that I only have to reapply once after putting it on in the morning. I can’t live without it in the winter!” — Madison Alcedo, Senior Commerce Editor

Shop: Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, Travel Size, Pack Of 3, $6

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

“Even though I have the privilege of trying out 80 million beauty products, I never stray too far when it comes to lip products —especially lip balms. My favorite lip balm is the same thing I’ve grown up on: Vaseline. It’s extremely nourishing and hydrating. It preps my lips for everything from smooches to lots of lipstick try-ons. The tiny travel version also fits in my pockets and most purses, meaning I never have to live without it. Trust me; this is one of my holy-grail products for a reason. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it!” — Jamé Jackson, Senior Beauty Editor

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