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While winter 2018 officially starts on December 21, the cold weather is already wrecking havoc on lips everywhere. It is now against your lips’ best interest to not carry lip balm at all times. Odds are, your summer lip care needs to be amped up for temps 40 degrees and below. Gear up with masks, balms, salves and scrubs for a baby-soft pout that will take you from under the mistletoe to New Year’s Eve to Valentine’s Day.
There is some speculation around lip balms regarding whether the ingredients in them actually chap lips more. However, some people do not understand how balms and salves are meant to work. Lip balms are meant to shield your smackers from dry air and aren’t designed to absorb into your skin. Certain products can penetrate the face and body, but lips lack a tougher outer layer of skin, so keep that in mind with multipurpose products.
It is recommended to gently exfoliate lips and then apply balms with wax and oil, and maybe switch it up a little with masks. Scroll through our chosen products that can keep your pout silky smooth all winter.
Cosmos Everywhere Salve Stick
This multiuse stick is ideal for lips, face and body! Chamomile and lavender naturally soothe, while olive oil acts as a base, enriching skin with essential fatty acids. The tube the salve comes in is also 100 percent compostable—good for you and the planet; what a deal.
$22 at Cosmos
Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy
With shea butter and 100 percent organic coconut oil, this vegan and cruelty-free lip gloss leaves your pout hydrated with a non-sticky finish.
$12 at Sephora
La Mer Lip Balm
This lip balm soothes serious dryness that comes with the cold. A concentration of La Mer’s Miracle Broth, which is formulated with hand-harvested sea kelp, renews skin, and a patented lip lipid complex prevents further environmental damage.
$60 at Sephora
Glossier Birthday Balm Dotcom
Balm Dotcom is a skin salve and a lip balm in one. Inspired by Milk Bar‘s birthday cake, the “Birthday” flavor smells delicious and adds a subtle sparkle.
$12 at Glossier
Sara Happ Coconut The Lip Scrub
Didn’t keep up with your lip-care and now you’re looking chapped? This scrub gets rid of flaky and dry skin and leaves your puckers soft and supple. Follow with a lip treatment to secure moisture.
$22 at Sara Happ
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Apply this mask generously on lips before bed, and then wipe off any excess in the morning—easy as that! It is enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants, from a blend of raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, goji berries and blueberries, to soothe dry lips.
$20 at Laneige
Bite Agave Lip Balm
This cruelty-free and paraben-free product is handmade with agave nectar, shea butter, beeswax and Madagascan vanilla extract to hydrate and seal in moisture. It is perfect to apply after a good lip scrub!
$18 at Bite Beauty
Rosebud Salve Co. Smith’s Rosebud Salve
This soothing salve is not restricted to use solely on your lips. The balm prevents chapping and smells subtly like roses, while it does an amazing job at locking in moisture.
$7 at Ulta
KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask
Available in a five- or ten-pack, these lip masks are formulated with moisturizing rose flower oil, cherry extract and vitamin E. Apply to clean lips for 15 to 20 minutes and use up to two to three times per week. The slight tingle you may feel is the collagen kicking in.
$17.50 at KNC Beauty
Kiko Lip Scrub
For a more gentle lip scrub, look no further than the exfoliating stick from Kiko! Made in Italy, the product is hypoallergenic and easy to apply. To use, make small circles as you move along your lips and wipe away any excess with a tissue. Put on a lip balm after to seal in moisture, and voila!
$6 at Kiko
GlamGlow POUTMUD Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment
This lip scrub fizzes and exfoliates to scrub and nourish lips at the same time! It is enriched with tropical ingredients like Caribbean cane sugar, Hawaiian sea salt, hibiscus flower powder, almond oil, guava, star fruit, and lychee to make it a perfect pre-color application treatment.
$24 at Sephora