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10 Best Lip Balms in 2020

Here’s a question for all the skincare fanatics out there…

On average, how many times a day are you applying your lip balm? If it’s more than twice a day then you’re in the right place. It can be said that women reapply anywhere between two to thirty times a day. Yes, you read that correct, 30!

I for one can count with both hands how many times I’m reaching for my balm come rain or shine I’m always in need of it to keep my lips nourished and hydrated.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a product out there that meant we no longer had to reapply every 5 minutes? Absolutely.

‘Tis the season of dry lips, chapped lips and cracked lips. Come rain, hail or snow, and even Storm Dennis approaching, you can consider balm to be your lips’ new best friend. Pucker up!

woman putting balsam lips to repair her lips of the causes of winter cold

It’s only really since this nasty weather has dawned upon us that now more than ever I need my salve to hand. The sheer panic across my face when I realize I haven’t packed it in my bag for the day, wondering how my poor chapped lips will last the day. Sounds silly I know, but in this blistering cold weather, exposed to all the elements, would you dare leave the house without slathering your face in moisturizer (and SPF 30 I hope), probably not right?

Balm is one of those products that only gains traction during cold, winter months when you’re suffering from cracked lips. Always in constant competition from its counterparts, Lip gloss, and Lipstick, the balm is underrated and we’re here to tell you why we believe both tinted balm and au Naturelle trumps both of them, and why it should be the stable of your skincare routine.

Our lip health is something that sits in the shadows, but I’m here to tell you why the health of the skin on your lips is just as important, if not more important than anywhere else on your body. To begin with, our lip skin has no sebaceous glands and as a result, it has no oil production so it cannot keep your dry or chapped lips moisturized. Similarly, our lip skin has zero melanin (the hormone that gives us natural sun protection), therefore having a balm with at least SPF 15+ is an investment worth making.

The skin on our lips is just as delicate and fine as the skin around our eyes, which is why it can become more easily chapped and cracked than other areas of the body.

What is the Best Lip Balm?

Shea butter perfect lip balm.

This extensive guide will be your go-to break down of what to look for when buying your all-star Lip Balm of 2020. Whether you require a specific dermatologically tested lip balm, tinted to add a splash of color for all those after-work drinks, or something simply packed with shea, vitamin e and SPF 30 to protect your lips on those long beach days (and even those overcast cloudy days, yes!) you’ll thank me later.

I’m here to give you the low down on the Top 10 most effective, independently selected balms of 2020. Better yet, rather than spending countless attempts of trial and error with every product on the market, it’s crucially important to understand how balms work as a lip treatment and why they’re so important when it comes to daily lip care.

We dived a little deeper, scrolling the net to find out what the Dermatologists of the world think is the key to finding the right one for you.

Let’s get started with the ingredients shall we, something we vigorously look at in the supermarket to check our calories and salt and sugar intake, but less frivolously with our skincare, particularly our lip health. So, what is best for our lips? Well, it’s not as complicated as one would think, it’s all about stripping back at sticking with the basics to keep the delicate skin that makes up our lips, healthy.

Top tip: When searching for your next lip balm be sure to check the ingredients for Vitamin E, if it doesn’t contain this key ingredient, put it down and keep on searching.

Lip balms with honey

Next, you want to ensure the product is formulated with a wax, preferably natural over manmade of course. If you’re after long-lasting results and ditching the 30x times a day of reapplying then your lip balm ought to contain wax, simply to seal in that nourishing vitamin E.

Ok, so now you understand the key ingredients to look out for when choosing your next balm, however before you dash off to your local skin care store or pharmacy, let’s dive into some we believe to be the best brands and skincare products on the market, to give you the ultimate breakdown of the Top 10 selected best lip balms of 2020.

Goodbye sore lips, hello, baby lips.

Ok before we begin, do you want another Top Tip to prep for ultimate hydration?

Here goes, this is a little DYI at-home trick that I’ve personally been using for years. It’s quick and easy and will take no longer than 5 minutes out of your busy schedule. Firstly, try whisking together some sugar and honey, stirring to make a “scrub” texture.

Apply to your lips and move in circular motions; you’ll find the sugar works to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the lips, whilst the honey, acts as an inflammatory and helps to promote hydration and further moisture to your lips.

Just try this once a week, perhaps twice during colder dryer months and you’ll be sure to see prolonged results. However as always, use with precaution and if you believe your lips to be extremely cracked or impaired then perhaps this isn’t the scrub for you, as you don’t want to worsen the skin barrier. Just remember, what works for some people won’t work for others.

View The Best Lip Balm Below

1. ArtNaturals Natural Lip Balm Beeswax

ArtNaturals Natural Lip Balm Beeswax

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You can kiss goodbye to your chapped lips with this show stopper. This brand comes in not just one, but six lip-smacking flavors designed to amp up the hydration and keep your lips feeling moisturized all day long.

Containing all the natural stuff, of course, all-natural Beeswax, Aloe Vera, Coconut, Castor, Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Vitamin E for optimal hydration. Not to mention, all ArtNaturals Balms are paraben-free, vegan and safe for the most sensitive of skin.

Key ingredients: Beeswax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus (Castor) Seed Oil, Flavor, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract

Pros:
+ Natural ingredients
+ Vegan
+ Six different flavors including Island Coconut, Passion Pitaya, Mango Papaya, Hibiscus Blossom, Grapefruit Tonic, Eucalyptus Mint.

Why We Like It – We are loving ArtNaturals Natural Lip Balm Beeswax for its no-nonsense ingredients! Curated with the most sensitive skin in mind this is our go-to lip balm. Offering 100% natural ingredients, no animal testing the way it should be and six different flavors and tints this skincare does offer everything you want and need from lip skincare.


2. USDA Organic Flavored Beeswax Lip Balm

USDA Organic Flavored Beeswax Lip Balm

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USDA Certified Organic flavored lip balm is in at Number 2. Packed with six punchy flavors of balm, the biggest decision of the morning being which one to pack with you for the day! Safest for the most sensitive of lips. If you’re feeling fruity, why not try the Tropical Coconut or Strawberry bliss!

What’s more, these lip balms 100% organic, packed with the purest ingredients. Pure as in, non-toxic/non-GMO and absolutely no chemicals. Perfect for the whole family, come rain or shine. 100% vegan and earth-friendly.

Key Ingredients: Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Organic Rosemary Extract, Organic Calendula, and Natural Organic Flavors.

Pros:
+ Six fruity flavors to choose from
+ Non-toxic/Non-GMO ingredients
+ 100% Vegan and Earth Friendly

Why We Like It – We are loving USDA Organic Flavored Beeswax Lip Balm for its organic properties and zero chemical ingredients, not to mention the fact it’s 100% biodegradable and vegan too! This is a no-brainer. Not to mention the choice of six different flavors such as Luscious Tahitian Vanilla, Tropical Coconut, Eucalyptus Mint, Cherry Bomb, Tangy Citrus and Strawberry Bliss. Choosing the right one just got x10 harder.


3. Blistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15

Blistex Medicated Lip Balm SPF 15

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For the less natural and more medicated lip treatment, Blistex is your match. With a huge range to choose from it may prove tricky finding your match. Remember what we said earlier, you’re looking for Vitamin E and SPF is an absolute necessity.

In this case, Cacoa seed butter is a great alternative! Not to mention the SPF 15. For the more dry, chapped lips, Blistex glides on comfortably, promising long-lasting protection and hydration.

Pros:
+ Medicated lip balm
+ SPF 15
+ Packed with Vitamin E for optimal hydration

Why We Like It – When you’re less concerned about tint or flavor, this is why we are loving Blistex. Packed with Vitamin E for that extra lip treatment and not to mention the added extra of SPF 15 to keep your lips super soft. Available to buy over the counter from most retailers so no need for that prescription based lip treatment.


4. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Origin Moisturizing Lip Balm

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Origin Moisturizing Lip Balm

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In at number 4 and a personal favorite is the Burt’s Bees Moisturizing Lip Balm, that feels fancy, luxe balm infused with beeswax to optimize skin condition and not to forget that trusty Vitamin E to hydrate and moisturize your lips. A handy compact tube with a variety of fruitful flavors, this 100% au Naturelle product is free of all the nasty stuff, the parabens, the petrolatum and SLS.

Key Ingredients: Cera Alba, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita Oil, lanolin, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja Oil, Canola Oil (Huile De Colza), limonene.

Pros:
+ Reasonable price with a range of natural flavors.
+ Free from parabens, petrolatum, and SLS.
+ Some of the range also offers a balm with SPF.

Why We Like It – We are loving Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Origin Moisturizing Lip Balm for its reasonable price and all-natural ingredients. Free from all those harsh chemicals and toxins it not only soothes your lips but also your soul knowing you’re using only 100% natural ingredients.


5. JACK BLACK – Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

JACK BLACK - Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

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Ok, so here we are at Number 5, Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25.

So, what do we know? An emollient-rich Lip Balm, packed with a healthy dose of skin conditioners and antioxidants, this trusty balm will leave your lips feeling as smooth as a baby. It differs from those waxy balms, allowing for the penetration of moisturizer for that instant relief. To top it all off, Black Jack’s balm offers a whopping SPF 25 sun protection whilst also promising to guard against pesky windburn and those extremely hot and cold temperatures.

If you’re an outdoorsy person, this one is for you!

Key Ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Petrolatum 40.2%,

Inactive Ingredients: Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Lanolin Oil, Beeswax, Ozokerite, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Flavor, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, C18-38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Microcrystalline Wax, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract.

Pros:
+ Certified Organic
+ Active ingredients to give real results
+ Whopping SPF25!

Why We Like It – I mean anything with SPF25 we are all over that! One of the many reasons we are loving JACK BLACK – Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, not to mention the actives that work alongside natural soothing ingredients. Winner!


6. Cliganic USDA Organic Lip Balm Set

Cliganic USDA Organic Lip Balm Set

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Cliganic’s Organic Lip Balm 6-Piece set comes in six juicy flavors for that added extra tinted lip—Mint Burst, Citrus, Beeswax, Eucalyptus Mint, Vanilla, and Coconut.

Created with only the finest and natural ingredients that aim to hydrate, plump and protect your lips. Packed with Vitamin E and Beeswax to seal in all the goodness and moisture. The added extra of Sunflower seed oil contains Vitamin A, D, E, which further helps to hydrate and soften your lips. Combined with Coconut and Olive oil to help repair the damaged skin barrier as a result of dry and cracked lips, whilst also preventing further moisture loss.

What’s more, Cliganic tinted lip balm is free of all the nasty stuff. No parabens, phthalates, and petrochemicals. Besides, all of the Cliganic lip balms are cruelty-free and only tested on humans.

Pros:
+ Certified Organic
+ Hypoallergenic, 100% Natural
+ Cruelty-free & Gluten-free

Why We Like It – Need we say anymore, Cliganic USDA Organic Tinted Lip Balm Set offers something that sets them aside from the rest. Try finding a lip balm that comes in 6 Delicious Flavors, is certified Organic, cruelty and gluten-free, Paraben-Free, Phthalates-Free & Petrochemical-Free, I mean, I’ll just leave this here.


7. Naturistick Lip Balm Gift Set

Naturistick Lip Balm Gift Set

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Number 7 is brought to you by Naturistick with their 100% natural lip care, made of top-grade natural beeswax with absolutely no harsh chemical or artificial ingredients. A perfect choice for soothing and repairing chapped, dry or impaired lips, made with the most sensitive skin in mind. Consciously crafted, with minimal impact on the environment, and only tested on humans.

Key Ingredients: Beeswax, Sunflower Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Lanolin, Natural Flavors, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Cocoa Seed Butter, Rosemary Leaf Oil.

Pros:
+ 100% Natural ingredients
+ No nasties, free from harsh chemicals and synthetic fillers
+ Vegan – no animal testing

Why We Like It – We love the simplicity of the Naturstick, paired with their transparency and using only the finest 100% natural ingredients, this one is a winner! We love that they’re only including ingredients that are 100% effective, for the best results.


8. Aquaphor Lip Repair Stick

Aquaphor Lip Repair Stick

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Aquaphor Lip Repair Stick, for those who are on the hunt for a medicated lip balm to get that instant relief to look no further. Immediately relieves dryness and relieves chapped and cracked lips in one swoop. protecting and repairing the skin barrier to ensure optimal hydration for healthier lips.

Key Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Dimethicone, Water, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

Pros:
+ Formulated with nourishing vitamins, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil
+ Preservative and Fragrance-free
+ Rated #1 dermatologist recommended lip care brand

Why We Like It – We understand that sometimes you just need that instant relief, that’s why we love the Aquaphor Lip Repair stick. Preservative and Fragrance-free so just can kiss goodbye to irritated, sensitive and cracked lips!


9. EOS 100% Natural and Organic Shea Lip Balm Sphere

EOS 100% Natural and Organic Shea Lip Balm Sphere

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The trusty EOS Lip Balm Sphere, ah does anybody else remember carrying one of these around the school? A classic balm, USDA Certified Organic, sustainably sourced Shea Butter sphere, in a variety of flavors with absolutely no nasties. Their ethos; 100% Natural Shea balm is wild-grown and nourishing coconut and jojoba oils to lock in that extra hydration.

Key Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax/Cera Alba (Cire d’abeille)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Flavor (Aroma), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract*, Tocopherol, Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract*, Beta-Sitosterol, Squalene, Citral1, Citronellol1, Geraniol1, Limonene1, Linalool1. *Organic 1Component of Flavor

Pros:
+ Dermatologically tested
+ Not tested on animals
+ Paraben & Phthalate free

Why We Like It – What’s not to love, the Sphere has been around for quite some time yet it remains a classic and a stable lip balm. Still, in the run of the top 10 in 2020, this balm is a no-brainer. Treat your dry, chapped lips with only the kindest and most natural ingredients this lip balm will leave you going back for more. Ps… how good does the Chamomile Sphere sound?


10. NIVEA Milk & Honey Lip Care

NIVEA Milk & Honey Lip Care

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As experts in their field, enriched with milk protein and rich golden honey this balm is sure to leave your lips feeling plump, soothed and hydrated. Nivea’s trusty formula promises lips to be strengthened so they remain healthy and hydrated all winter long.

Pros:
+ Mineral Oil-Free
+ Dermatologically tested
+ Instantly hydrates chapped lips

Why We Like It – Nivea has been around for many years, and that’s why we love them as a brand. They can be trusted to deliver high-quality goods to ensure optimal hydration all year long.

So there you have it, the Top 10 best lip balms for 2020, but don’t just take our word for it! Have a second read, and see what you identify with, what you’re experiencing with your lip health at the moment and weigh up the pro’s to see what is the best fit for you.


Conclusion

Deciphering the best balm for your lips really depends on what you’re trying to achieve and how you can get the most out of your treatment. If you’re looking for longevity and less worried about an instant relief then EOS 100% Natural and Organic Shea Lip Balm Sphere or Cliganic USDA Organic Lip Balm Set would be a fine choice.

Beautiful woman with nice makeup sitting in beauty saloon

On the other hand, if you’re suffering from very dry lips and you need that instant hydration and relief, then you’re wanting to seek a lip treatment that is packed with Vitamin E with also having some medicated relief too; JACK BLACK – Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, plus the higher the SPF the more protection and overall hydration for the lips.

Lastly, if you’re simply wanted to heal cracked lips then again we would recommend something nourishing and soothing such as Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Origin Moisturizing Lip Balm or ArtNaturals Natural Lip Balm Beeswax to help repair and restore the skin barrier. With the choices above there really is something for everyone, and I hope this article helped you on your skin health journey.

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