Best Lip Care Products

When it comes to lips, there’s no such thing as a happy chappy. Chapped and dry lips feel uncomfortable, unattractive and sometimes painful. Keeping lips deeply nourished all-year round is possible once you find the best lip balm, salve or ointment to provide the hydration for lips that you need. Continue Reading...

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Lucas' Papaw Ointment
4.5 from 461 reviews

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment is a topical application that contains 39mg of fresh fermented papaya per gram, and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

  • Provides soothing relief for most

  • Multi-purpose healing benefits

  • Good value for money

  • Skin TypeSensitive Skin (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (26)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (2) · No (26)
  • Ease of Application
    4.7 (25)
  • Smell
    4.4 (17)
Dynamiclear Rapid
4.6 from 36 reviews

Dynamiclear Rapid works to inactivate the cold sore virus with a single application, using a powerful, clinically-proven formula.

  • Works instantly

  • Stops cold sores in their tracks

  • Can sting and burn after applying

  • Skin TypeNormal Skin (2) and Sensitive Skin (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.5 (11)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (1) · No (10)
  • Ease of Application
    4.6 (10)
  • Smell
    5.0 (5)
Propovir Coldsore Ointment
4.4 from 23 reviews

Propolis liquid extract is made with 5 functions in mind. It has antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties that are designed to speed up cold sore healing by up to 4 days.

  • Cuts down cold sore lifespan

  • Uses natural ingredients

  • Keeps skin moisturised

  • Value for Money
    4.0 (4)
  • Causes Irritation Yes (0) · No (4)
  • Ease of Application
    4.0 (4)
  • Smell
    5.0 (2)
The Body Shop Hemp
4.1 from 29 reviews

The Body Shop Hemp range of products is designed to put an end to dry skin, thoroughly moisturising it using a versatile natural ingredient.

Burt's Bees Lip Balm
3.9 from 31 reviews

Using beeswax as its signature ingredient, Burt’s Bees Lip Balm range aims to condition skin as well as soften and moisturise lips.

Natralus Essential Paw Paw Ointment

Latest review: This was by far the best of all of the pawpaw brand creams in Australia, I've looked in three different states and this was the only brand that stated it had 85MG of organic pawpaw in it, all other

Compeed Total Care Invisible Cold Sore Patch

Latest review: I have to disagree with most people here. These patches are amazing. I get cold sores maybe 4 times a year. I care about my appearance so these ugly sores are my worst nightmare. I’ve tried e

MooGoo Edible Strawberry Lip Balm

Latest review: I recently tried this product and honestly, it’s amazing! My lips were always dry and chapped before. My lips now feel hydrated and I don’t have to wear lipstick anymore. I will definitely be buying m

Brauer Paw Paw Ointment
4.1 from 13 reviews

Latest review: It was thin and greasy going on. Does not layer and build on the lips. It tastes awful - petroleum jelly flavour. I tried it for a few days in spite of the off taste hoping it would work to plump and

Lip-eze Lip Balm Regular
3.8 from 12 reviews

Latest review: Lip-eze 30+ Has saved my lips for years, but has become unavailable. Why Herron, why? What is going on? Why can’t I ask Herron directly? What a shame to loose this great product l

Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm
3.8 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Can’t leave the house without it, it soothes and moisturises. Hubby has one for his car and one at work. Love that it has sun protection in it too! Particularly love the sugar plum flavour, and p

MooGoo Tingling Honey Lips
3.8 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Wasn't sure what to expect with the tingling description, I found it irritating and uncomfortable. Probably because it contains menthol, this lip balm certainly didn't suit me, was very

Zovirax Cold Sore Cream
3.2 from 11 reviews

Latest review: I have used other brands in cold sore creams and they never worked. Then i came across zovirax. I thought it was expensive and the chemist sold me a cold sorecream that had same ingredients. Didnt

Virasolve Cold Sore Cream
2.1 from 67 reviews

Latest review: I have been dealing with the pain swelling and tingling of the onset of a cold sore. Pain gone swelling gone. And I’ve only done 4 applications so far. The lignocaine really h

Zovirax Invisiseal Patches
1.6 from 57 reviews

Latest review: Only lasts 30min max. You can stick it but cannot remove the backing off the patch. Like throwing good money in the bin - same thing. Do not waste your money there are better patches on the market -

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Cold Sore Cream

Latest review: This is the answer to dry lips or sun burnt lips or cold sore. Product conditions & treats lips u can use it as often as required. Thursday Plantation cold sore cream

Herlip Cold Sore Rapid Relief Gel

Latest review: I loved the way it was packed. In a little pump...so clean and hygienic and not a tonne of product comes out when you press down. Unlike zovirax. And the colour covered up the white and red blister

Ego QV Face Lip Balm SPF 30+

Latest review: I had rough lips and after using this product for two days. The roughness of my lips has been disappear . I would like to suggest this product to my family and

Nature's Own Cold Sore Relief

Latest review: I tried this product as I had 2 large, nasty cold sores that had popped up overnight. I seem to get more and nastier cold sores since being in menopause and I thought I was going to be miserable for

Nivea Soft Rose Lip Balm
5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: this lip balm is probably one of my all time favourites because it keeps your lips feeling sweet and hydrated all day long. If you are in need of a better chapstick this is the one to

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A woman applying lip balm in a tube at home

Types of Lip Care Products

Lip Balms

What does lip balm do to your lips?

Lip balm is a waxy product that you put on your lips to soothe chapped or dry lips. Peeling or cracked lips are often due to lips being chapped. This can be uncomfortable, make you feel self-conscious, or even cause pain and bleeding.

Since the skin on lips is thin, it doesn’t have much of a first-line-of-defence against cold or windy weather, or UV rays. It doesn’t take much for them to chap, Lips need a more nourishing moisturiser than a regular face cream. For some people, a lip balm provides relief all-year round, and for others, it can be a winter saviour.

What is the difference between lip balm, salve and ointment?

Lip Balm

Lip Salves and Ointments

Purpose

Made to help soothe dry, chapped lips that comes from environmental conditions or dry skin.

These are lip treatments, made to target skin conditions or treat medical concerns, such as eczema. blisters , cold sores and angular cheilitis. Lip salves and ointments often double up in their healing benefits. Some can be used for wound healing, nappy rash, or to apply to other extremely dry parts of the skin.

Consistency

Made with with a higher ratio of wax to oil, which gives them a harder consistency. This thickness means balms sit on top of lips, or the epidermis.

Both of these have a higher ratio of oil to wax. This softness makes it easier for them to penetrate to a deeper level of the skin (the dermis) to assist with wound healing. Salves are oilier than balms, while ointments have the highest amount of oil, so they are the most deeply absorbed into lips. They can help with wound healing and blisters.

Lip Exfoliators

Lips exfoliators come in the form of lip scrubs. If your lips are dry and flaking, a lip exfoliator can remove dead or dull cells to help make lips more smooth and soft.

A good lip scrub is often simple, and doesn’t need many ingredients to be effective. You just need one exfoliator - a slightly abrasive ingredient that does the scrubbing, like sugar or a toothbrush - and one emollient, like oil or butter. This softens lips and fills the gap between cells where skin has come off with lipids, plumping them.

While lips can look plump and healthy after exfoliating, avoid overdoing an exfoliating ritual. Since exfoliating removes the protective outer layer of skin, when done more than twice a week, it can cause stinging, bleeding and increased sensitivity to environmental conditions, making lips more chapped and sensitive.

Lip masks

What does a lip mask do?

A lip mask is a hydrogel sheet that you apply over your lips and mouth area. They're usually sold in the shape of a rose-coloured pot, and jelly-like in feel. The ingredients inside are like a serum, and infuse active ingredients onto your lips. These can include: collagen, bio-cellulose, hyaluronic acid, and thicker butters and oils than you’d find in a regular lip balm.

Collectively, these ingredients can work together to hydrate lips, and make them look more full and plump. Some are meant to be left on for 20 minutes, whereas others are for wearing overnight.

A good lip mask can provide the intense hydration lips need if you have especially dry lips or live in a cold climate and applying lip balm throughout the day just isn’t cutting it.

Ingredients to look for in a lip care product

Butters

Butter sourced from natural ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter contain natural fats that replenish the moisture content in your lips. They can also feel wonderfully smooth and luscious on your kissers.

Natural oils

Sourced from nature’s garden, oils contain fatty acids that lock in moisture. They also contain antioxidants that protect skin from free radicals in the environment caused by pollution and smoke. Top nourishing picks include: jojoba oil, hemp seed oil, castor oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and avocado oil.

Waxes

Lip balm contains around 15% wax, while salves and ointments contain some, too, but less. The most common wax and traditional wax used in lip care products is beeswax. Beeswax is naturally very sticky, so adheres to lips well. However, there are plenty of other effective waxes if you find yourself irritated by beeswax. It can be an allergen or irritant for some people - especially if you have a honey or pollen allergy. Plant-based alternatives include carnauba wax and candelilla wax.

What are bad ingredients in lip balm?

Chemicals

While not all chemicals are bad, a good number of them often make your lips even drier. When put onto lips, chemicals can rub off and be ingested throughout the day.

Here are some chemicals to avoid.

  • Parabens: these are potentially endocrine disruptors, as they mimic oestrogen, throwing hormones off balance and potentially even causing disease.
  • Petrolatum: including petroleum jelly and mineral oil, which are all derived from petroleum. The refining process is harsh and often involves using synthetic chemicals that can irritate skin.
  • BHA and BHT: Used as preservatives, these chemicals cause multiple health concerns, including irritating your respiratory system, disrupting hormones and causing organ system toxicity.
  • Phenol, menthol and alcohol: These dry out the skin, making them counterproductive additions to a lip balm. Phenol and menthol can also remove the outer layers of lip skin, making it more prone to becoming chapped.
  • Chemical sunscreens: While opting for a lip balm with SPF is a great idea for sun protection, chemically-based sunscreens can cause irritation and dryness. These include oxybenzone, avobenzone and cinnamate. Opt for mineral-based sunscreens instead, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Lip allergens and irritants

These can be either chemical (such as benzocaine) or natural. They can include citrus, mint, tea tree, eucalyptus, beeswax, camphor, menthol, lanolin and salicylic acid.

Even natural lip balms have ingredients that can be allergens, such as lanolin, beeswax and Vitamin E.

Fragrances are often unspecified in terms of what they contain, but they’re often made with phthalates that disrupt hormones and trigger asthma. Even more natural fragrances like cinnamon and vanillin can irritate sensitive lips. Scents can also dehydrate lips.

Vegan lip balm

If you’re looking for a vegan lip balm, it can be annoying to find a seemingly perfect pick in a natural lip balm - then realise it contains ingredients derived from animals. Here are some ingredients to avoid if you’re on the hunt for a vegan lip balm:

  • Lanolin: This greasy emollient comes from sheep’s wool.
  • Beeswax: Also called cera alba, beeswax is used by bees as a building material to make honeycomb cells in a hive. These cells are where they store honey, nectar and pollen,(their food source). To get beeswax, the honeycomb cells must be removed.
  • Honey: Honey is a bee’s food source for the colder months, and is used as a humectant in lip balms to attracts moisture and exfoliates lips. Shea butter and cocoa butter (which contains glycerine) are both vegan humectants.
  • Carmine: This is more likely to be found in lipsticks, but is made by crushing cochineal bugs to use their shells in bright-red pigments for lip colours.

Other things to consider when buying a lip balm, salve or ointment

Packaging

A lot of lip balm tubes are made from plastic packaging. If you prefer a lip balm stick, choosing a tube made from a recyclable material is more eco-friendly. If you’re more a fan of a hearty pot of balm, glass pots are environmentally friendly.

Taste

No matter how evenly/ well you apply your lip balm, there’s bound to be some that ends up on your tastebuds at some point. Chemical lip balms, or lip care products with added flavours or scents can be more unpalatable when accidentally ingested.

Smell

This is a matter of personal preference. Belying the craze of the Lip Smackers (and your teenage years), many lip balms these days are unscented - especially natural lip balms.

Having a fragrance in your lip balm may be pleasant, though just be mindful that if you have sensitive lips, a product that contains an artificial fragrance is more likely to irritate skin.

Shine and tint

The level of shine and tint in a lip balm are moreso cosmetic concerns. However, if you’re layering your lip balm under a lipstick or other cosmetic lip product, you might prefer it not to be overly shiny.

However, if you’re going for a bare balm look, you could fancy your lip care product to have a bit of colour included, to add a rosy glow to lips. In this case, a tinted lip balm may get your lips smacking.

Value for Money

Some lip balms or salves seem really pricey for the small amount of product that you get. Value for money also depends on: how often you re-apply a lip balm throughout the day, and its longevity once applied.

The only way to really know how long a lip balm lasts on your lips is to try it - or to read feedback from reviewers who’ve already tried a lip care product before and are keen to share their experiences.