There are some grooming products you absolutely need for the day-to-day life: Deodorant, sunscreen, and a multi-purpose moisturizer probably top the list. But there's one essential you're overlooking: Lip balm. Forget the fruit-scented glossy sticks your girlfriend hoards in her purse. There are plenty of balms geared towards active men who need a little extra moisture and protection whether they're hitting the slopes, out for a long run, or recovering from a heavy make out session. (Sound like you?)
To prove it, our style and grooming editor, Barret Wertz, selected his top picks—18 in all—so you can choose the best balm for you.
Free of fragrance, preservatives, and dyes, Aquaphor Lip Repair is optimal for guys with sensitive lips and skin. It provides immediate, long-lasting relief for dry, cracked lips during cold winter months.
Tried-and-true brand Blistex offers Five Star Lip Protection with a unique bevy of ingredients: Panthenol (a form of vitamin B5) locks in moisture, candelilla (a plant-based wax) helps form a barrier against wind, wheat germ oil provides moisture relief, calendula oil (distilled from flower tops) soothes cold-chapped lips, and broad spectrum SPF30 blocks the sun's harmful rays.
This dual-sided lip balm offers two distinct formulas to provide 24-hour lip care. The unflavored "Day" end contains SPF12 protection, and the chamomile-scented "Night" balm is made from natural shea and mango butters, antioxidants, and tamanu (an oil pressed from inedible tree nuts), coconut, and botanical oils to help replenish and nourish the lips overnight.
Made with organic beeswax, jojoba, avocado, and peppermint oils, Dr. Bronner's provides a protective barrier to shield your lips against extreme cold and wind. You can even use the lip balm to relieve dry hands, cuticles, and soothe chapped, chafed cheeks and skin (especially useful while skiing or snowboarding).
For severely dry lips, use Avène Cold Cream Lip Balm. The rich formula immediately relieves dryness and seals in hydration. It's also clinically proven to remain on your lips for up to eight hours. Pretty impressive.
Enriched with superior lip conditioners, antioxidants, and a soothing lemon and chamomile flavor, this lip balm will calm, protect and relieve chapped lips. Plus, it has SPF25 and penetrates super fast—unlike most waxy sticks.
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L’Occitane's 100% certified organic shea butter has a huge list of uses. Of course you can use it as lip balm, but you can also apply it to soothe razor burn, protect scars from the sun, and heal dry, chapped skin.
This advanced anti-aging lip balm repairs and hydrates. VitaminB5 provides a barrier between your lips and the elements to seal in moisture, while a blend of shea butter, jojoba and sunflower oils softens and hydrates.