The 10 Best Lip Balms to Keep Chapped, Cracked Lips at Bay

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that your lips aren’t the part of the body you’ve been lavishing the most attention on lately. You ignoring your lips, dog? That’s cold. What, you think because the lower half of your face is obscured at all times when you’re out in public you no longer need to pay it any attention? Your lips are crying out to you, guy. It’s high time you heeded their call.

Lips are sensitive, and they deserve some love—now more than ever. The winter can be brutal on every part of your skin, and no part is more prone to chapping than your kisser. Enter lip balm. And before you start griping—it’s lip balm, for god’s sake, what’s the big deal?—let me assure you: a big deal it is. Because the only thing worse than excessively dry lips is the lengths you’ll have to go to get them feeling normal again. (One winter when I was a kid my lips cracked so bad I had to track down a specially recommended udder balm—you read that right—to help ease the pain. Trust me on this one: You don’t want it to get to the point where you have to track down the udder balm.) So from the low-budget drugstore finds to the fancy shit actually worth splurging on, here are the best lip balms to prevent dryness or, heaven forbid, cracking this winter.

Now go slather that shit all over your mouth and don’t stop until it gleams like the family silver. (Or, uh, something else really shiny.) And then keep that thang on you at all times.

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Intense Therapy Lip Balm

Jack Black amazon.com

$8.00

Because Jack Black knows intense therapy is just the thing you—or, er, your lips—need. 

Blood Orange Advanced Formula Lip Balm

Anthony amazon.com

$9.00

A lip balm with (sadly!) no connection to Dev Hynes, but a damn good one, nevertheless. 

Beeswax Lip Balm (4-Pack)

Burt’s Bees amazon.com

$11.96

$9.46 (21% off)

No list on proper lip care would be complete without mention of Burt’s Bees. The industry stalwart still makes a hell of a balm, and its beeswax-infused option is a classic, always-excellent choice. 

Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm

Kiehl’s kiehls.com

$10.00

Ladies and gentleman: the perennial fan favorite Facial Fuel formula, now in lip balm form. 

Vitamin-Enriched Lip Moisturizer

Baxter of California baxterofcalifornia.com

$10.00

If you’re looking for as little shine as possible, Baxter’s Hydro Salve lip balm is the one for you. The brand’s best-in-class formula is specifically designed to inconspicuously keep chapped lips at bay, and comes infused with the *breathes in deeply* subtle scent of citrus. 

Mojito Lip Balm

MALIN+GOETZ nordstrom.com

$10.50

Mmm, mojitos. Just what the doctor (read: me, I am the doctor) ordered. 

Ultra Repair Lip Therapy

FIRST AID BEAUTY nordstrom.com

$12.00

Allow First Aid’s lip therapy concoction to be your first line of defense against the elements this season. It uses colloidal oat flower to soothe dry lips, while a blend of glycerin and shea butter offer extensive hydration. 

Protective Lip Balm

AESOP selfridges.com.us

$15.50

A sleek, certified vegan lip balm you’ll feel good about busting out any time your dehydrated lips are in need of a touch-up. 

Lip Balm

Le Labo mrporter.com

$20.00

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the same brand behind some of the best scents in the game also makes a banging plant-based lip balm enriched with shea butter and other natural ingredients. 

Lip Balm

Dr. Barbara Sturm mrporter.com

$55.00

Dr. Barbara Sturm is the real deal—the brand’s lip balm is pricey, sure, but if it’s peak nourishment your lips are looking for, it’s worth every damn penny. 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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