How to treat dry, flaky lips
From lip products to fix flaky skin to brilliant budget formulas, an SPF stick, and a plastic-free lip balm: the best lip products for 2020 you can buy now
THE BEST LIP SCRUBS
Try a no-rinse lip exfoliator
Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Lip Loving Scrubstick at Boots, £15
A truly the lazy way to exfoliate the mouth – swipe the grainy balm, back and forth over lips, and then wipe off residue with a tissue.
Introduce a lip scrub into your Sunday facial routine
L’Occitane Delicious Lip Scrub, £14
Warning: these are utterly addictive. There's a satisfying grainy texture to scrub off dead skin, and a selection of tasty flavours such as Raspberry Crush, Marmalade Kiss and Fabulous Fig.
THE BEST LIP CONDITIONING PRODUCTS
The best lip balm for sore, cracked lips
Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm, £52.50
A super-rich balm that treats cracked, dry and irritated lips with shea and Kokum butter and leaves a film to protect from any further damage.
The best budget lip balm
Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm, £3.99
A 100% natural, brilliant budget balm that leaves lips feeling soft and supple.
The best SPF lip balm
Aesop SPF 30 Protective Lip Balm, £13
This vegan-friendly SPF version doesn’t leave lips looking chalky but protects from the aging effects and sun damage with UVB and UVB protection.
The best plastic-free lip balm
Hydrophil Lip Balm at The Ethical Superstore, £5.99
This contains only three ingredients (shea, almond butter and hemp wax) and is entirely plastic and BPA free, plus it’s made under water-neutral conditions to help reduce the level of water waste during manufacturing and comes in a cute reusable tin.
The best lip balm to plump lips
Fillerina Lip Volume at Lookfantastic.com, £48
This balm-meets-serum employs six hyaluronic acid molecules with different molecular weights to penetrate the skin, so after four weeks of use, you should see visible results.
The best lip balm to help prevent cold sores
Balm Balm Tea Tree Lip Balm Pot, £7.50
There might not be a cure for cold sores, but there is evidence that stress and sun can trigger them, so make sure you use a daily lip SPF treatment like the above. Or when they do flare, one that contains peppermint, lemon balm or tea tree, is said to help. But remember to clean them after each use, as you don’t want to re-infect the area.