14 of the best lip balms to soothe chapped lips in cold weather

Yes, winter means Christmas, hot chocolate, getting cosy under blankets, and all that lovely stuff.

But it also means the nights drawing in and the temperature dropping – which can cause havoc to our skin.

Chapped lips are a seasonal peril, but one that can, thankfully, be easily remedied.

Along with making sure you’re generally hydrated (keep sipping that water along with the mulled wine), all you need to sort out winter lips is the right choice of lip balm.

And handily enough, we’ve done the research for you and gathered up a bunch of rich, nourishing lip balms that actually work.

Take your pick of the best of the bunch below.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

Buy it for £11 from M&S.

One of our all-time favourite lip balms has had its formula refreshed to make it even more nourishing.

Made with honey and oil, this balm quickly sinks into the lips without leaving a sticky or glossy finish.

Plus, it smells delicious.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

But it for £10 through Kiehl’s.

A classic for good reason, the Kiehl’s number one lip balm soothes soreness and rescues dry skin.

It has a fresh, minty finish.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Buy it for £16.80 through PureSeoul.

An act of self-care that feels oh so luxurious, slathering on a special mask just for your lips is absolutely essential in our books, especially this winter, when the smallest joys are the most vital.

Choose your favourite flavour (grapefruit is zingy and fresh, while mint choco feels more like a dessert), apply a generous layer with a spatula, leave overnight, then wipe away in the morning to reveal super soft, flake-free lips.

BASE Everyday Lip Solve Tube

Buy it for £7.50 through Feelunique.

A great all-rounder, with liquorice root to tackle cold sores, SPF30 for sun protection, and shea butter to nourish.

La Mer Lip Balm

Buy it for £52 through Harvey Nichols.

If you want to go all-out in the pursuit of luxury, just drop £52 on a La Mer lip balm.

Is that borderline silly? Perhaps. But the balm almost justifies its price tag; not just with how effectively it nourishes and hydrates lips, but by how fancy you’ll feel every time you swipe it on.

Lanolips 101 Ointment

Buy it for £11.99 from Boots.

The word ‘ointment’ doesn’t make this balm sound especially appealing, but trust us, it does the trick.

If you’re prone to extreme chapping and want something that soothes lips and locks in moisture, pick this dense balm that can also be used on cuticles, cracked heels, and, well anywhere that needs sorting out.

Bamford Botanical Lip Balm

Buy it for £15 through Selfridges.

The fragrance of this balm is heavenly, combining ultra nourishing shea butter with arnica, cocoa, and adding a scene of grapefruit, rose, and peppermint.

Milk Makeup Kush Lip Balm

Buy it for £18 from Cult Beauty.

Go for the clear balm (which looks green in the tube, but don’t worry) or choose a subtle hint of colour. We like Nug as an easy-to-wear everyday option.

Our only warning with this balm is that it isn’t quite as longlasting as some of the others on the list, meaning you may need to reapply more frequently than you’d like.

But the natural oils hydrate with a weightless feel.

Eucerin Dry Skin Intensive Lip Balm

Buy it for £6 from Boots.

Clinically proven to soothe sore, extremely dry lips, this balm contains licorice extract to reduce irritation, evening primrose oil to hydrate, and panthenol and glycerol to lock in moisture.

Grown Alchemist Vanilla and Watermelon Lip Balm

Buy it for £15 through Selfridges.

Yes, this smells as delicious as you’re imagining.

Along with that delectable scent, this lip balm uses sweet almond extract and jojoba oil to nourish chapped lips.

Petrowhat? Milk

Buy it for £7 through Deciem.

A budget-friendly option packed with amino acides, squalane (that hydrating ingredient you keep hearing so much about), and baobab oil.

There are a couple of different flavours, but our favourite is coconut milk.

Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy

Buy it for £21.50 through Fresh.

Apply during the day or slather on overnight. Sea fennel and orange extract help to tackle dry patches, while hyaluronic acid moisturises and plumps.

Fresh has a load of different lip balms, including ones with a tint, but we like this best as an easy treatment to wear under lip colour.

Baume de Rose Lip Care By Terry

Buy it for £40 through Space NK.

More shea butter, more vitamin E, but with a pleasing rose scent.

Use on cuticles, too.

Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm

Buy it for £7.50 through Lush.

Super soothing thanks to honey and oatmeal, while wheat germ, olive, and almond oils moisturise and beeswax and carnauba wax seal everything in.

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