January is particularly dreary, especially for the lips. Winter brings with it its own set of skincare woes, the primary being dry, chapped lips. Scroll to find the perfect lip care solution to the harsh weather. From lip serums rich in oils, to concentrated masks designed to retain moisture, this list as a formula for every preference to keep those lips going from chapped to plump in hours.
SPF Lip Balms
Specially formulated with SPF 15, this Bobbi Brown silver tin is for those who want a fuss-free lip balm. Ingredients like wheat germ, avocado and olive oils create a protective layer on the lips, while petrolatum is ideal for rehydration. Beeswax and aloe vera give lips a smooth feeling without being greasy.
The smooth formula of this Eight Hour® Cream Lip Protectant Stick ensures you can layer it under your lipstick as well. Invest in this moisturising stick to for a quick fix against chapping and cracking. The long-lasting lip treatment also comes with SPF 15 to guard against UV rays.
For those who want a base to lock in the moisture before applying a swipe of bright lipstick, this product is essential. MAC’s Lip Conditioner Tube is an emollient-based balm that is dermatologist approved and functions as a makeup base that can be worn on its own to bring a slight hint of shine to the lips.
An ultra-hydrating lip conditioner, this Jo Malone formula is ideal for wintertime. It is loaded with Vitamin E which is known to protect the delicate skin of the lips from harsh weather conditions. Honey acts as salve to soothe the lips and adds a tinge of delicious flavour.
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Night-time Lip Oil-Serum is an overnight treatment that is naturally derived from hydrating oils like Camellia, Rose and Lavender. Collagen filling spheres plump the lips with moisture and minimise the appearance of dry lines. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for when your lips need an extra hit of hydration.
Holistic wellness brand Shankara takes the science of Ayurveda to formulate two lip oils, one for soothing and the other for anti-aging. The unisex lip oils are infused with Bakuchi, an ancient herb used in Indian and Chinese traditional medicine that is known for stimulating production of collagen, hence preserving the strength of skin. The Timeless Lip Oil is fitted with a rose quartz applicator, while the Soothing Lip Oil has an amethyst roller. Avocado, jojoba, coconut, castor, olive, almond and avocado oil, in addition to Beta Carotene and vitamin E nourish moisture-hungry lips.
Looking for two in one colour and hydration product? Then check out Huda Beauty’s Silk Balm Nutri-Plumping Lip Balm. Available in two shades, a neutral gold infused with manuka honey, and a pale blush pink that suits every skin tone. This silky formula is infused with a blend of hyaluronic filling spheres, soybean, and liquorice extract that work by integrating into fine lines and swelling to add a plumping effect.
Makeup meets skincare in this RAS luxury oils hybrid product. Riding the trend of multipurpose makeup, the Oh-So-Luxe Tinted Liquid Lip Balm can be applied on your lips, cheeks and eyelids. Available in three classic hues, Berry Red, a rich shade with brown undertones, ideal for a casual night out. Mauve Pink, a subtle pink with brown undertones, is suitable for everyday use and Caramel Nude Brown, a neutral tint with mauve and peach undertones, is a must-have colour in every makeup kit.
Try out South Korean beauty brand, Laneige’s range of colourful sleeping lip masks to combat dryness. Green Apple, Berry, Sweet candy, Gummy Bear, Mint Choco, Vanilla, Grapefruit and Lemon Sorbet variants are available in eye-popping shades and scents. Using their given spatula cover the lips and relax as the mask works to get rid of dead skin cells overnight.
Homegrown specialised lip care brand Alanna offers a ButterMask® specifically to address hyperpigmentation and dehydration. Dermatologically tested, the mask contains 1.5% Amazonian Pracaxi Seed oil, made from the extract of the pentaclethra macroloba tree, which removes pigmentation. Another ingredient, 1.0% Tripeptide also works on pigmentation, boosting collagen and soothing inflammation. Wear the mask overnight for best results.