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8 Lip Balms, Scrubs, and Masks for Your Softest Lips Ever

8 Lip Balms, Scrubs, and Masks for Your Softest Lips Ever
Design: theSkimm | Image: Laneige, Fresh
Sep 13, 2022

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Flaky, dry lips are a drag. But soft lips aren’t always easy to maintain, especially as we head into chillier weather — and particularly if you’re not using the right products. So we’ve rounded up some of our fave items for keeping your pout healthy and hydrated. Like an overnight lip mask, all-natural lip scrub, and SPF lip balm that’ll protect your smackers all season long. *Chef’s (pillowy-soft) kiss.*

A cult-fave sleeping lip mask that smells ridiculously good…

And will leave your lips feeling hydrated in the morning. Skimm HQ'rs love — and we mean love — this famous Laneige overnight lip mask. Apply a generous layer over your lips before bed and let the vitamin C and antioxidants work their magic. This one comes in seven different scents and three bundles and includes an applicator to help keep your fingers clean. Plus, you can wear it during the day for a glossy, healthy look. Your obsession will be real, promise. ($19+, Amazon)

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A vegan lip scrub you can use to slough away dead skin…

It’s made with Hawaiian cane sugar for exfoliation, kukui oil for hydration, and shea butter to lock in moisture. Simply take a pea-sized amount and massage it onto your dry lips, let it sit, and then wipe away. Bonus: All ingredients are natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. Pucker up. ($15+, Amazon)

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A lip primer to prep your pout for your mattest lipsticks…

Because nothing’s worse than a flaky matte lip. Before you put on your lipstick, apply this primer so it’ll go on smoothly. It’s a color-free base that’ll leave those little lip lines filled in, moisturized, smooth, and refined. This formula is free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, or sulfates, and it’s been dermatologist tested. New makeup bag staple? We think so. ($21, Ulta)

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An SPF lip balm meant for all-season wear…

ICYMI sun protection is important all year round — and your lips need it too. This all-weather lip balm has SPF 15 and broad spectrum water resistance, so whether you’re hitting the ski slopes or escaping to a tropical vacation, this’ll keep your lips protected and hydrated. Win-win. ($7.28/2 pack, Amazon)

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A NARS lip mask in the brand’s iconic shade…

It’s got sunflower oil pressed directly from sunflower seeds to help protect your skin's barrier, echium oil to nourish, and balloon vine to replenish and soothe dry lips. With a thick and sticky texture, it’s perfect for giving your lips a plump, glossy look during the day. We’re also fans of the brand’s lipstick in the same shade of peachy pink for all-day color. ($28, Neiman Marcus

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A lip balm that’s designed to provide hydration for up to 24 hours…

It comes in 12 different shades with sheer-to-buildable color, including one non-tinted option. This HQ’r fave balm glides on seriously smoothly — it’s been infused with sugar and plant-based oils, like grapeseed oil to smooth and soften, and cranberry oil to protect your lip barrier. Your new obsession, coming right up. Psst…we love Fresh’s lip exfoliator too. ($24, Fresh)

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Healing ointment for dry and cracked lips…

You might think this healing balm is just meant for your face and skin, but derms rec it for super dry and chapped lips as well. It’s got petroleum, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid that revive and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, and it’s non-comedogenic. Sweet relief, coming through. ($10.49, Amazon)

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An ultra-hydrating balm designed to leave your lips feeling plumped …

Use it before bed as a mask or during the day for an ultra-glossy shine. It comes in five nude and pink shades and is paraben- and cruelty-free. Avocado oil nourishes and shea butter hydrates for cushiony-soft lips in no time. Yes, please. ($26, Ulta)

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