Lip care should be an essential part of every man’s grooming routine, especially during the colder months. With the incoming frost, central heating and the bitter winds are more likely to kick in, crack, flake, and crack the lips. If you are cold and have trouble breathing through your nose, the accompanying dry lips can become very uncomfortable. Not to mention a kiss and the chafing of the lucky recipient.
If you enjoy outdoor activities or are planning to hit the ski slopes this winter, you’ll need a good lip balm or chapstick to protect this sensitive area from high altitudes and inclement weather. And in general, if you like pursed lips, smooth, healthy lips are generally more attractive, and a quality lip balm will help keep your mouth from pecking.
Apart from that, if you have persistent cracks at the corners of the mouth that won’t heal, it could be a sign of a vitamin deficiency. B1, B2, B3 and B12 in particular can help, and zinc and iron can help, so increase your supplement intake in the winter to heal painful cracks and prevent them from forming. Otherwise, a small dot of antibiotic ointment should also help speed recovery. Then use your lip balm to keep the area smooth.
Convinced that you should take good care of your mouth? Good. Here are 12 of the best lip-smacking treatments you can buy right now.
Dr Hauschka Lip Care Stick
This silky orange stick glides on thanks to a combination of natural essential oils, shea butter, beeswax and anthyllis, which work together to lock in moisture. It creates a barrier to protect sensitive skin from feeling tight or rough, giving the lips a very subtle shine.
the sporty one
Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF 30
Winter sports enthusiasts will always benefit from a sunscreen to protect those sensitive spots, but it’s easy enough to get caught on any random sunny day. With high SPF 30, zinc oxide UVA and UVB filters, Aesop’s moisturizing balm protects your lips from exposure all year round.
La Mer De Lip Balm
This luxurious lip treatment from La Mer has an invigorating mint flavor and a velvety texture. It contains the brand’s miraculous healing broth, plus extracts of aloe, sweet almond and menthol, which provide a soothing, cooling sensation.
Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Lip Treatment
If you smoke, vape, or simply get older (insert teeth clenched emoji) every year, you might notice that your lips are less firm than they used to be, and fine lines appear at the corners of your mouth. This advanced lip smoother contains tri-peptide and hyaluronic acid to stimulate collagen production, triglycerides to prevent moisture loss and antioxidant violet leaf extract to improve condition.
the sensitive one
Bulldog Sensitive Lip Balm
For anyone with allergies or sensitivities, the lips are often the area where hives first flare up. This tasteless, vegan stick from Bulldog is a blend of natural waxes and cocoa butter that respects the skin and provokes no reaction.
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm
This intense lip conditioner is made with a nourishing blend of shea butter and avocado oil. It has a minty fresh taste and an SPF 25 that makes it well equipped to deal with sun, sea and snow – and it comes in other flavors like lemon and grapefruit too.
The cold and flu
Kiehl’s Buttermask For Lips Overnight Lip Treatment
Cough and cold season isn’t much fun, especially when mouth breathing causes a lot of dryness in the mouth and lips (and more than the odd jab in your other half’s ribs to stop the snoring). This rich overnight treatment from Kiehl’s contains coconut oil and wild mango butter to keep the area soft and supple.
Chanel Boy De Chanel Lip Balm
Encased in a pure black case with the iconic interlocking C logo on the lid, this deeply moisturizing lip balm from Chanel is made with jojoba oil, shea butter and antioxidant vitamin E to protect skin for up to eight hours, helping to protect the skin for up to eight hours. lips a completely natural matte effect.
The Grab-It-While-You-Can One
Tom Ford For Men Moisturizing Lip Balm
‘Low stock’ or ‘out of stock’ are common when shopping for this essential lip smoother from Tom Ford. An ingredient list is hard to come by, so we have no idea what goes into it, but we know it works. Demand often outstrips supply, so if you’re on the hunt, add to cart now.
The no nonsense
Malin & Goetz Lip Moisturizer
Prefer a gel texture to a waxy one? Do you like your lip products fragrance and taste free? Malin & Goetz has you covered with this hydrating lip gel. It provides long-lasting hydration and protection, so you hardly need to reapply.
the moody one
Triumph & Disaster Jagg Lip Balm
Taking out this dark can of mystery has a certain appeal. It contains a soothing balm with ingredients from some of New Zealand’s best healing plants, including Kawakawa extract, a medicinal tree used by the Maori, and Manuka oil to nourish and protect, along with SPF 15.
Buly 1803 Baume des Muses
For the aspiring gentleman, Buly makes a lip balm in a vintage-style vegetable leather monogrammed case. With a choice of colors and textures, including rye, marbled or smooth, and space for up to three characters, you can customize this lip conditioner to your own taste. The balm itself is an all-natural vegetable blend of plum oil, shea butter and castor oil, selected for antioxidant, nourishing and strengthening properties.