17 Dermatologist Recommended Lip Balms For a Hydrated Pout

There is a new one beauty trend on everyone’s lips – literally. Yes, glazed lips are the beauty trend du jour. But instead of the tacky glosses of the early aughts, we’re giving lip oils, balms and treatments their time in the sun. Like the glowing glazed donut skin look or the coveted glass skin aesthetic, this new lip trend emphasizes skin health. That’s right, the skin on your lips is just just as important to take care of as the rest of your body. To get you started on this transformative trend, we found the best dermatologist-recommended lip balms in the game.

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It’s the cycle of life: settling into one self care routine then start another. But this beauty trend is not one to skip. The phenomenon of glazed lips can be a gateway to better lip health. For so long, many of us have been putting harmful chemicals on our lips, drying them out with matte lipsticks, and scrubbing away the pigment with harsh removers. But now tinted lip products and nourishing lip oils are all the rage.

Dermatologists even approve of this trend – which is rare in the beauty world. Famous dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades, MD, PhD says your lips probably need the extra love. “Your lips are alone,” she told me. “Their only external source of moisture is your saliva, which is why they can easily dry out and crack.”

But luckily, there’s a new and exciting market for dermatologist-recommended lip balms that keep your lips hydrated and fashionably glazed. Shine on with these lip balms to help you get through winter without chapped lips.

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Why is lip care important?

“Your lips have no oil glands,” says Dr. Alexiades. These are the glands that keep your skin moist. Instead, your lips rely on moisture from saliva or the water you drink. No wonder they get so cracked.

Your skin is also extra thin on your lips. As a result, notes Dr. Alexiades that “you can easily lose fluid from the mucous membrane of the lips when it is hot or there is low humidity outside.” A good lip care routine rebuilds your lips and provides a protective barrier to stop chapped lips before they start.

Which ingredients are good for lips?

According to Dr. Alexiades, look for the “essential fatty acids needed to build a complete barrier to stay plump and smooth and ensure your lips stay hydrated.”

Look out for the following ingredients:

  • Sunflower seed oil
  • Squalane
  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter

Also prioritize ceramides. “Ceramides help build your skin barrier and seal in moisture. These are very effective and are used in prescription products for eczema.”

Which ingredients should be avoided in a lip care product?

For healthy lips, avoid menthol, camphor, phenol or any kind of alcohol. “These ingredients can provide an instant cooling sensation, but can irritate the skin. In some cases, they even remove the outer layers of the skin, leaving your lips unprotected and susceptible to environmental hazards.”

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