You know the feeling: After applying your trusty lip balm a minimum of 16 times in 30 seconds, your lips are still uncomfortably dry. Add a face mask into the mix, and you're left with lips as parched as the house plant you've been desperately trying to keep alive. While a balm will deliver some immediate relief, the cold months call for something more hydrating: a lip mask. Incorporate one (or a few) of the best lip masks into your winter skin care routine for a plump, smooth pout.
There are a few reasons why you should opt for a lip mask when suffering from dehydrated lips. "A lip balm is a generally a product that provides temporary hydration or soothing to the lips and is cosmetically acceptable to be worn in public, whereas a mask has actives that will produce deeper, more long lasting benefits," Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, MD, FAAD, a Miami-based board certified dermatologist, tells TZR. "A lip mask usually has a thicker, more opaque appearance or texture." And because masks are meant to be left on the lips while you're not eating or chatting, most of the product won't rub off, and in turn the actives penetrate deeply into the skin.
And now with the daily use of face masks, Dr. Purvisha Patel, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare, is receiving a slew of inquiries on how to address dry lips. "Part of the issue is that people who are mouth breathers are drying out their lips more with the increased air flow in and out of the mouth with the face mask on," Dr. Patel says. "Another reason is people who have to wear the face masks for long periods of time may not be staying hydrated or drinking enough water and [therefore] getting more dry skin and lips." This is where a lip mask comes into play. When you're in search of a powerful mask, Dr. Patel says to look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe vera, and propylene glycol, which are humectants that quickly work in lip masks.
Ahead, find eight lip masks to stock your shelves and night stand with.
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Best Lip Mask: Clinique's Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask
Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, a Toronto-based dermatologist and author of Beyond Soap, recommends Clinique's Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask. "I like that this product has not added fragrance," she says. "When lips are chapped or needing extra care, flavors like cherry and mint might seem like a good idea, but they will irritate already irritated lips. I also like that it has not other irritants or allergens in the formula and has shea butter, ceramides to help repair lips."