8 Hydrating Lip Balms That’ll Actually Get the Job Done

Summer Fridays

This shea-butter lip balm is my daily go-to since it has a silky cream texture and a gloss that makes my lips look healthy.

Rosebud Perfume Co.

This essential oil-scented salve is described as a "moisture bomb" by SELF's health director, Amy Rose Spiegel, and is described as "a personal must-have" by Sephora reviewers. It also smells amazing.


Simplicity is ideal when it comes to lip products. The Healing Ointment from CeraVe is highly recommended by Dr. Kunin, and according to Alisa Hrustic, executive editor of SELF, it's the sole product she uses if her lips are really dry, chapped, or inflamed.


Does anyone else still have fond memories of those old-fashioned, pastel-colored balms in the shape of eggs? They may not be spherical, but they are still around and just as entertaining.

Sunnie Skincare

Sunburned lips are definitely not something you want to deal with, even if you think chapped lips are horrible.

Tower 28 Beauty

There are times when you want a little flash of color but don't want to deal with lipstick that dries out your skin or fades awkwardly. This is when a colored lip balm, such as the one from Tower 28 that won the Healthy Beauty Award in 2023, comes in handy.

Ami Cole

This 2023 Healthy Beauty Award winner's larger doe foot applicator, which retains more product, made application a breeze for our tester.


This balm won't make your lips feel like you've just put chili oil all over them, in contrast to many plumping creams.