Whether your beauty routine is ultra-minimal or more on the high-maintenance side, we’re willing to bet a trusty lip balm is a staple in your stash — and for good reason. Our delicate lips are constantly exposed to the elements, be it UV rays, dry air or harsh seasonal temperatures, which often results in uncomfortable, flaky and even cracked lips. A swipe of nourishing balm can restore your lips in a pinch, and with so many lovely lip treatment options to choose from, you’ll want to keep these picks on hand 24/7.
For a hint of colour
Try: Quo Beauty Avocado Lip Balm in “Pink Lemonade”
Why you’ll love it: Formulated with skin-smoothing avocado oil and moisturizing shea butter, this sweet-smelling lip balm glides on with ease and adds a barely-there hint of pink.
For intense hydration
Try: e.l.f. Cosmetics Ride or Die Lip Balm in “Grapefruit Goals”
Why you’ll love it: This jojoba oil and vegan collagen-infused balm has a pleasantly thick texture that wraps lips in a cocoon of moisture for hours on end. Plus, it has an addictive grapefruit scent that will have you reaching for the tube all day long.
For lips that shimmer
Try: Essence Fruit Kiss Caring Lip Balm in “Lime Crush”
Why you’ll love it: The most budget-friendly option of the bunch, this lime-scented balm is formulated with 10 per cent almond oil and delivers a subtle sheen that feels light-as-air and never sticky.
For natural enhancement
Try: Burt's Bees Squeezy Tinted Balm in “Sweet Peach”
Why you’ll love it: Not only does this lush balm tint lips with a sheer, peachy hue, it’s also crafted with responsibly sourced beeswax and hydrating cocoa butter to restore hydration levels using ingredients that are good for you (and the planet, too!).
For gorgeous shine
Try: Pacifica Glow Stick Lip Oil in “Rosy Glow”
Why you’ll love it: If you find balms too sticky, try this nourishing lip oil from vegan beauty brand Pacifica. It provides a hefty dose of weightless moisture while creating an irresistible glimmer that will give your go-to gloss a run for its money.
For a lip reset
Try: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Lip Treatment
Why you’ll love it: When your lips need some major TLC, one swipe of this organic shea butter and coconut oil-enriched balm will get the job done in a flash. Use it as an overnight treatment and wake up with noticeably softer lips.