Best lip balms and treatments

Lip service: The best lip balms and treatments

17 May 2024 | |By Hitanshi Kamdar

Hydrating heroes for happy lips

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Multi-step skincare routines have become the norm over the past few years. But even the most devoted skincare fanatics often neglect one key feature: the lips. Think about it, your skin is treated to an arsenal of cleansers, toners, and moisturisers, so don’t your lips deserve some TLC too? Happily, it’s as simple as employing great lip treatments, such as lip balms and masks, to give your pout the attention it deserves.

The best lip balms and treatments heal dry, cracked lips, thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines and priming lips for smooth lipstick application. With numerous at-home lip treatments available, you can take your pick of the best balms and masks to help perfect your pout. Here are the best lip treatments to add to your skincare routine now.

The best lip balms

A good lip balm is infused with nourishing ingredients, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil or peppermint oil, to hydrate and plump dry lips. Some even boast active ingredients like hyaluronic acid which help prevent signs of ageing and keep your lips moisturised. Tinted lip balms, meanwhile, make for great skincare-makeup hybrids – adding a subtle hue while providing more hydration than a lipstick.

Summer Fridays lip butter balm

The influencer-favourite Californian brand’s lip butter balm is crafted with hydrating seed butters and shea and murumuru extracts to condition the lips. The scented balm is available in a range of subtle shades perfect for an off-duty model look.

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Ole Henriksen Pout Preserve peptide lip treatment

As the name suggests, Ole Henriksen’s Pout Preserve lip treatment hydrates and re-plumps neglected lips for a fuller pout. A potent cocktail of skin-strengthening peptides, hydrating acai sterols, kokum butter, and antioxidant-rich Scandinavian cloudberry oil softens the lips and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines.

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Augustinus Bader the lip balm

Augustinus Bader’s patented Trigger Factor Complex (TFC8) helps reduce signs of ageing caused by environmental factors and supports skin regeneration. The signature formula is at the core of this lip balm, working in conjunction with candelilla wax, plant-derived collagen and vitamin E to ensure a full, healthy pout.

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Dior Addict lip glow

A great example of skincare-infused makeup, Dior’s Addict Lip Glow is made with 97 per cent natural-origin ingredients, such as cherry oil, shea butter and sunflower and rice wax. Available in an array of shades, it lends a subtle sheen while delivering hydration.

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Glossier Birthday balm dotcom

A multi-tasking lip balm, Glossier’s Birthday Balm Dotcom can be used as a salve for dry skin on your face and hands as well on lips. The cruelty-free formula features synthetic beeswax, shea butter and castor seed oil to nourish flaky lips and is offered in a variety of unusual fragrances and flavours (our favourite is birthday cake). The only challenge? Not being tempted to taste it.

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Rhode peptide lip treatment

We wouldn’t blame you if you wanted the Rhode peptide treatment solely to give you an excuse to buy the accompanying (and, naturally, viral) phone case. But the formula itself is just as appealing – a mix of nourishing peptides, shea butter and skin elasticity replenishing cupuaçu work together to lock in moisture for instantly plump lips.

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The best lip masks

While lip balms are great for a boost of hydration, getting your lips permanently smooth and soft is easier with a lip mask. A variety of antioxidant-rich formulas help smooth dry lips and retain moisture. For best results, start by gently exfoliating lips to get rid of dead skin before applying a thick layer of product. Wipe off as directed or use as an overnight treatment.

Laniege lip sleeping mask

Laniege’s cult-favourite lip masks are popular for a reason. Packed with powerful antioxidants, vitamin C and coconut oil, the lip masks remove dead skin cells and leave long-lasting moisture. Use two to three times a week for happy, glowing lips.

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La Mer the lip polish

Buff the cracks away with La Mer’s lip polish. A blend of miniature sugar crystals and micro-refined marine minerals gently exfoliate the lips while the brand’s patented Miracle Broth mix of sea kelp and minerals replenish moisture. Apply three times a week using the ridged applicator to boost microcirculation for smooth lips.

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111Skin Meso Infusion lip duo

Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides’ science-backed formulation shines through in 111Skin’s Meso Infusion lip duo. Brimming with hero ingredients, such as bakuchiol, peptides and dehydrated microspheres derived from konjac and hyaluronic acid, this unique two-step system both volumises and conditions the lips. Step one smooths fine lines and wrinkles with collagen while step two employs emollients to nourish the lips.

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Tatcha The Kissu lip mask

Crafted with Japanese peach extract, orange peel and Japanese camellia oil, Tatcha’s vegan and cruelty-free lip mask is a leave-on jelly textured lip mask that targets fine lines and wrinkles and restores moisture, leaving lips feeling smooth, soft, and pillowy.

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