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Our lips are particularly susceptible to becoming dry and chapped throughout the year, but it isn’t just seasonal changes that are responsible. Dry lips can be the result of a lack of hydration, spending all day in high pressure heating or aircon (so all of us since working from home became a thing) or it can even be a symptom of certain medications. Besides being uncomfortable, chapped lips also make putting on lipliner and lipstick much more difficult, unless cracked skin is your thing.

But the good news is that dry lips are extremely easy to treat. All you need is a handy lip balm companion to throw in your bag, place on your nightstand and keep in your pocket so that you can reapply (and reapply, and reapply) as needed so that your pout will be as pillowy as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s – well, maybe.

Even better news than that? You can choose a lip balm that addresses more than just your fatigued pout, thanks to a whole host of next-gen formulas that combine hydration with other lip benefits. So allow us to pay lip service to our favourite lip balms to treat a dry, chapped pout.

If you want… SPF protection

If your lips have ever been sunburnt, you’ll recall how much it stings. Protect your pout with this SPF50 balm, which also imparts a lovely wash of colour.

Ultra Violette Sheen Screen
 SPF 50 Hydrating Lip Balm, $25 SHOP NOW

If you want… a subtle tint

Margot Robbie swears by this lip balm for hydration and a natural your-lips-but-better tint. They’re also super affordable, so you can keep one in every handbag.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose, $12.99 SHOP NOW

If you want… deep hydration

Bring in the big guns to treat severely thirsty lips, otherwise known as the Rolls Royce of lip balm. The formula also contains a patented TFC8® complex, which stimulates collagen to plump up your pout over the long-term.

Augustinus Bader The Lip Balm, $55 SHOP NOW

If you want… an overnight treatment

Slather this one on before bed to wake up with a smooth, restored pout.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $28 SHOP NOW

If you want… to prep your lips for lipstick

If you’re heading out and need to repair your pucker fast, apply a generous amount of this cult balm. Your lipsticks and liners will glide on, without any of that dreaded creasing or cracking (hence why it’s a makeup artist’s secret weapon).

By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Care, $91 SHOP NOW