Winter can be harsh AF on your skin. Dry, itchy, flaky, parched… basically the opposite of smooth and hydrated from your toes right up to your lips. Which is why we’re always on the hunt for the best products to keep you moisturized and soft. There’s nothing sexy about puckering up to a cracked pout, right? That’s where lip oils come in, unlike your usual lip balms, this is pure goodness that sinks straight into your lips, immediately hydrating and repairing. Since lip oils tend to have a glossy effect and they’re actually more healing to your lips than gloss, you can literally exchange the five you probably have in your bag for one of these all-around beauty essentials. These silky, long-lasting, uber-nourishing miracle workers have basic balms beat and for good reason. Read on for our round-up of our favs:
Memebox Nooni Applecoco Lip Oil, $15
Nooni has developed quite the lip oil cult following thanks to their apple water blends. “Apple water is rich in AHA, which provides a gentle chemical exfoliation since the apple water helps to dissolve concerns such as uneven texture, flakiness, and dryness. Our Nooni lip oils are formulated to really hydrate,” says Erin Murray, Director of Brand for Memebox. Nooni’s Applecoco Lip Oil is the brand’s original and best-selling formula is silky, not sticky, and quickly moisturizes, softens, and plumps via nine botanical oils derived from sunflower, olive, jojoba, argan, macadamia, green tea, soybean, ginger, and spearmint.
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Marula Nourishing Lip Oil, $26
Pucker less than perky? Not on our watch. A few swipes of Marula’s Nourishing Lip Oil – that’s loaded with anti-oxidant rich, pure Marula oil – and you’ll be ready for the perfect selfie in no time. The vitamin E inside also helps repair dry lips, while a mix of avocado and jojoba oils help shield them from environmental stressors. Plus the tube features a unique ceramic-tipped applicator that’s cooling on an irritated mouth and provides instant relief, which is arguably the best part.
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Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, $26
These Clarins’ two-in-one oils (in seven gorgeous shades) smooth, comfort, and deliver high-shine results via a hint of color, and they lock in moisture for deep hydration with a blend of hazelnut and organic jojoba oils. PS—shades 04 Candy and 05 Tangerine react to the pH of your lips, giving them a customized shade of pink. Just imagine how impressed your squad will be with that info after asking what you’re wearing.
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Want to DIY your own lip oil?
Combine, 1tbsp of argan oil, 1 tbsp jajoba oil, and 2 drops of peppermint oil – the peppermint not only makes it taste fresh but will give a tingling sensation and subtly plump your pout. The argan oil and jojoba oil are intensely nourishing and hydrating, and will help to protect your lips from the elements. Once combined, keep your lip oil in a tube or pot for on-the-go applications.