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25 Best Lip Balms for Dry and Chapped Lips of 2022

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Okay, so honestly, I can totally deal with clogged pores, dark circles, dry skin, and, like, the majority of other annoying beauty things people go through on a regular basis. I just don’t eff with chapped lips. They feel bad, they’re not cute, and they make any lipstick or lip liner you put on them look messy. Ugh, no freaking thank you. That’s why you need a go-to lip balm: “Lip balms are meant to seal in hydration and prevent water loss,” says double-board certified dermatologist Karan Lal, MD, and you bet my lips need alllll the hydration they can get.

So, to save everyone from dealing with the suckiness of flaky, chapped lips ever again, a dermatologist and I rounded up the 25 best lip balms below. From ultra-hydrating overnight options to lightweight tinted formulas for the day, there’s a lip balm for everyone. But if the anticipation is killing you, here’s a TL;DR:

Our top picks for the best lip balms in 2022:

Now, for those who want to learn about everything lip balm 101, keep reading for some facts, and make sure you pop one of these 25 best lip balms—from brands like Aquaphor, Glossier, and Summer Fridays—in your bag ASAP.

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Best overall lip balm

Vaseline Lip Balm Mini Original

Best lip balm value pack

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

Best clean lip balm

Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm

Most luxurious lip balm

Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Lip Care

Best lip balm with squalane

Biossance Squalane+ Rose Vegan Lip Balm

Best lip balm with hyaluronic acid

Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Lip Treatment Booster

Best high shine lip balm

Ilia Lip Wrap Reviving Balm

Best lip balm for traveling

Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm

Best Lip Balm for Super Dry Lips

Cay Skin Isle Lip Balm with SPF 30

Best Minty Lip Balm

Glossier Mint Balm Dotcom

Best Rose-Scented Lip Balm

KNC Beauty Supa Balm in OG Rose

Best Inexpensive Lip Balm

Aquaphor Lip Repair Stick

Best Jelly Lip Balm

Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask

Best Healing Lip Balm

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm

Best Tinted Lip Balm

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm

Best All-Natural Lip Balm

Follain Lip Balm

Best Lightweight Lip Balm

Lano Holographic Lip Water

Best Drugstore Lip Balm

EOS Super Soft Shea Lip Balm in Honey Apple

Best Overnight Lip Balm

Bite Beauty Agave+ Nighttime Lip Therapy

Best Shimmery Lip Balm

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish Noir Lip Balm in Astral Blue Star

Best Flavored Lip Balm

Fresh Sugar Lip Caramel Hydrating Balm

Best Multipurpose Lip Balm

Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm

Best Glossy Lip Balm

Laneige Lip Glowy Balm

Best Lip Balm with SPF

Supergoop Play Lip Balm SPF 30 with Acai

Best Coconut Lip Balm

Kopari Beauty Coconut Lip Glossy

How to choose the best lip balm

Know which ingredients to look for

The goal of a lip balm is to moisturize those chapped lips of yours, right? Right. So it’s important to take a peek at the ingredients to ensure you’re going to maximize the hydration benefits, and as Dr. Lal suggests, balms that contain petrolatum, beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, castor oil, sunflower oil, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid are going to be your best bet.

Understand which ingredients to avoid

You may have heard plenty of chatter that some lip balms actually dry out your lips, which, surprise, according to Dr. Lal, they absolutely can: Some lip balms contain agents like menthol or fragrance which can be irritating and inflammatory.”

And because lip balms lock in moisture, they can actually make your lips feel dry with excessive use, Dr. Lal adds. Oh, and one more important note: In the case that you’re using a lip balm with a plumping effect, Dr. Lal says to keep an eye out for ingredients such as cinnamon or cinnamon derivatives, which can cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Siena Gagliano is a contributing beauty editor at Cosmopolitan and has two years of experience writing about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle news. She’s an expert at researching and writing skincare stories, like the best lip balms with SPF and the top lip plumpers, and feels especially knowledgeable about lip balms thanks to struggling with chapped lips all the time. She regularly tests and analyzes lip balms on her own lips for efficacy, while working with the industry’s top dermatologists to assess new formulas and products.

Lauren Balsamo is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan with almost 10 years of experience researching, writing, and editing skin, makeup, hair, and nail stories across print and digital, including the top anti-aging serums and sunscreens for sensitive skin. Her lip balm picks were based on product reviews, ratings, and personal testing, along with information from experts.

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