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There are some grooming products you absolutely need for the day-to-day life: Deodorant, sunscreen, and a multi-purpose moisturizer probably top the list. But there’s one essential you’re overlooking: Lip balm. Forget the fruit-scented glossy sticks your girlfriend hoards in her purse. There are plenty of balms geared towards active men who need a little extra moisture and protection whether they’re hitting the slopes, out for a long run, or recovering from a heavy make out session. (Sound like you?)
To prove it, our style and grooming editor, Barret Wertz, selected his top picks—18 in all—so you can choose the best balm for you.
Aquaphor Lip Repair
Free of fragrance, preservatives, and dyes, Aquaphor Lip Repair is optimal for guys with sensitive lips and skin. It provides immediate, long-lasting relief for dry, cracked lips during cold winter months.
Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm
This mojito-flavored lip balm contains grape seed, coconut, and jojoba oils to naturally hydrate and protect lips from the elements.
Blistex Five Star Lip Protection
Tried-and-true brand Blistex offers Five Star Lip Protection with a unique bevy of ingredients: Panthenol (a form of vitamin B5) locks in moisture, candelilla (a plant-based wax) helps form a barrier against wind, wheat germ oil provides moisture relief, calendula oil (distilled from flower tops) soothes cold-chapped lips, and broad spectrum SPF30 blocks the sun’s harmful rays.
Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock
This dual-sided lip balm offers two distinct formulas to provide 24-hour lip care. The unflavored “Day” end contains SPF12 protection, and the chamomile-scented “Night” balm is made from natural shea and mango butters, antioxidants, and tamanu (an oil pressed from inedible tree nuts), coconut, and botanical oils to help replenish and nourish the lips overnight.
Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Organic Lip Balm
Made with organic beeswax, jojoba, avocado, and peppermint oils, Dr. Bronner’s provides a protective barrier to shield your lips against extreme cold and wind. You can even use the lip balm to relieve dry hands, cuticles, and soothe chapped, chafed cheeks and skin (especially useful while skiing or snowboarding).
Eau Thermale Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm
For severely dry lips, use Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm. The rich formula immediately relieves dryness and seals in hydration. It’s also clinically proven to remain on your lips for up to eight hours. Pretty impressive.
EOS Sweet Mint
These little spheres are powerful. Jojoba oil provides long-lasting moisture, shea butter softens and nourishes, and vitamin E heals. Plus, who doesn’t want mint-scented lips?
evolutionofsmooth.com, $3.29 (available at Target, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and more)
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lemon Lip Balm
Enriched with superior lip conditioners, antioxidants, and a soothing lemon and chamomile flavor, this lip balm will calm, protect and relieve chapped lips. Plus, it has SPF25 and penetrates super fast—unlike most waxy sticks.
getjackblack.com, $7.50 (also available at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, and Saks Fifth Avenue)
L’Occitane’s 100% certified organic shea butter has a huge list of uses. Of course you can use it as lip balm, but you can also apply it to soothe razor burn, protect scars from the sun, and heal dry, chapped skin.
usa.loccitane.com, $12 (travel size) and $42 (full size)
Lab Series PRO LS Lip Tech Lip Balm
Glide on this fast-acting balm for instant hydration and a burst of minty freshness. It’ll cure your chapped lips with a blend of beeswax and shea butter—and leave a matte finish.
Nivea Recovery Medicated Lip Care SPF 15
Nivea’s medicated formula has SPF15 to help prevent sunburn, and long-lasting moisturizers that help fight against the drying effects of wind and cold weather.
Task Lip Ace
This advanced anti-aging lip balm repairs and hydrates. VitaminB5 provides a barrier between your lips and the elements to seal in moisture, while a blend of shea butter, jojoba and sunflower oils softens and hydrates.
V76 by Vaughn Lip Balm 76
Jojoba butter cream conditions, shea butter moisturizes, and cocoa butter calms, leaving your lips soft, smooth and incredibly hydrated. Plus, the balm is shine-free.
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