If your lips are severely chapped, cracked, or otherwise in serious distress, putting on lip balm is a little like slapping a Band-Aid over an open wound. (And it’s pretty much exactly like that if your lips are bleeding.) A better idea: Pick up one of the best overnight lip treatments featured here. Whether mask, balm, or serum, they all contain high concentrations of powerful ingredients — mostly of the emollient, humectant, antioxidant, and exfoliating variety — so they provide both immediate and long-term relief for chronically dry lips. Some offer aesthetic benefits, too.
You don’t need to use these treatments strictly overnight; but since your skin recovers, repairs, and regenerates at night, you’ll get the most benefit out of them if you do. Plus, you won’t run the risk of accidentally wiping/eating off your treatment when you drink, talk, eat, or do other functional daytime activities, which also gives these treatments the best possible shot at doing their job.
Wake up with smoother, softer, actually healed lips with any of the six best lip treatments, listed ahead.
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