Lip balm is one of those products that’s never not necessary. During the summer, our lips are subject to heat, wind, sand, salt and harmful UV rays. Come wintertime, our lips (like our souls) take a battering from the cold, not to mention the ever-so-necessary but incredibly dehydrating indoor heat.
Needless to say, there’s no need to live life in a state of perpetual chapping, burning, flaking or dryness. Parched lips are annoying, but they are one of the easiest skin ailments to solve. All you need is a truly great lip balm. Of which we’ve rounded up 12.
While there are literally hundreds of softening, hydrating and protective lip balms on the market, many of them quality, these dozen lip balms hold deeply personal significance to many a reviewer thanks to their long-lasting, crack-filling, windchill-blocking, lip-snuggling abilities. (And their taste, duh.)
Click through the gallery above to find out why these are the best lip balms for winter and beyond — and find your new go-to. (Note: Reviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.)