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Come winter, my lips get so freaking dry and chapped I can’t even deal. Come summer—just when I think they’ll heal—the constant sun exposure causes the same ol’ issues. Basically, if you can’t tell already, it’s a lose-lose sitch, which is why I’ve promptly put away all my lip balms and glosses and busted out the crème de la crème of products: lip masks.
Chances are, you’re probably familiar with a lip balm, but do you really know what a lip mask is? Lip masks are ultra-moisturizing treatments that transform your sad, dry lips and make them baby soft. “Just like face masks, lip masks are used in skincare for moisturization, exfoliation, and rejuvenation,” says board-certified dermatologist Aleta Simmons, MD.
Lip masks are available in your standard balm-like formula, but they can also come as sheets, rinse-offs, overnight formulations, and gels, Simmons explains. Not only will a lip mask hydrate those chapped lips of yours, but a lot of formulas also have plumping ingredients that can make your lips look fuller temporarily.
So, if you want to know what the 15 best lip masks on the market are that can achieve these incredible results, read on below.
Do lip masks really work?
So, we know what a lip mask is, but how does it work, and more importantly, does it work? Unfortunately, that answer isn’t exactly straightforward: “The effectiveness of a lip mask really depends on your desired outcome,” says Simmons.
Masks can be incredibly beneficial if you are addressing dry and chapped lips when used regularly, however, if you’re noticing changes that can be attributed to aging—such as increased lines related to volume loss—lip filler may be a more semi-permanent solution, explains Simmons. Although before going the filler route, it’s incredibly important to understand the risks and potential complications.
K. So basically, lip masks are great for hydrating dry, chapped lips but cannot solve volume loss permanently? Yes, you’d be right, my friend.
How do you apply a lip mask?
“How often and how to apply a lip mask is on a per-product basis,” says Simmons. If it is a regular everyday formulation, feel free to use it as often as you feel you need it (AKA whenever your lips feel dry ASF). However, “masks with exfoliating properties will likely be limited to one to two times per week,” she says.
The best lip mask
So, without further ado, because you deserve to have baby soft lips too, I’ve rounded up the 15 best lip masks—from gel-like patches to buttery balms—that you’ll want to use on your lips allllll year long. Trust me, they’re magic.
Best Overall Lip Mask
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Like an overnight treatment mask for your lips, this sleeping mask from K-Beauty brand Laneige smooths and hydrates so you can wake up to soft lips in the morning. It comes in three flavors (the vanilla one is my fave, tbh) and uses antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to deliver essential nutrients and moisture.
Best Daytime Lip Mask
Tarte Cosmetics Awake Lip Therapy Mask
Think of this daytime lip mask as a super-rich and juicy tinted lip balm. It’s got a blend of moisturizing oils (like raspberry seed oil, rosehip oil, olive oil, and argan oil) plus a sheer pinky tint and yummy watermelon taste. The best part, though? It keeps your lips hydrated for up to 12 hours.
Best Hydro-Gel Lip Mask
KOCOSTAR Pink Lip Mask
Not only do these lip patches look adorable, but they also smell incredibly yummy, thanks to the peach and cherry blossom extracts. In each lil’ lip container, you get 20 individual one-time-use masks. Apply for ten minutes when your lips are feelin’ dehydrated and pat in any excess. Your lips (and your lipstick) will thank ya.
Best Jelly Lip Mask
Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask
There’s a reason the Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask sold out ridiculously fast when it first launched. The gel-like consistency feels refreshing on your lips, while the Japanese peach and three rose extracts work to repair dry, damaged lips.
Best Cream Lip Mask
Kaplan MD. Perfect Pout Lip Mask
If you’re the kind of person who likes to “feel” your products working, the Kaplan MD. Perfect Pout lip mask is just the thing for you. Once the cream-like consistency is applied, you’ll feel a little ~tingle~, thanks to the addition of hyaluronic acid.
Best Everyday Lip Mask
Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm
IDK what I like more about the Summer Fridays lip mask— the amazing hydration thanks to shea and murumuru seed butters or the delicious vanilla smell. True story: I apply this bb about ten times a day. No shame.
Best Lip Mask Patch
KNC Beauty Collagen Infused Lip Masks
Before you swipe on your favorite lipstick, pop on one of these gel lip patches for 20 minutes first. It’ll treat your lips to instant hydration and plumpness (and make your lipstick wear that much better) thanks to a combo of hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and collagen.
Best Nourishing Lip Mask
KLAVUU Nourishing Care Lip Sleeping Pack
Don’t confuse the small size of the jar for lack of product. In fact, the KLAVUU lip mask is so hydrating, you only need the teeniest amount. Thanks to avocado, sweet almond, and apricot seed oils, you’ll wake up with lips from the heavens.
Best Clay Lip Mask
Sara Happ The Sweet Clay Lip Mask
Clay masks aren’t just for your face. Slather this pretty pink clay lip mask (it has a thick, frosting-like texture) on your lips twice a week. The non-drying formula is packed with healing Bentonite clay, softening shea butter, and soothing rosehip oil to make your lips ridiculously smooth.
Best Nighttime Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Agave+ Nighttime Vegan Lip Therapy
Two or three times a week before bed, I buff ” data-vars-ga-product-id=”bc7ca9f2-b106-45fa-8468-e74e45e360c3″ data-vars-ga-product-price=”0.00″ data-vars-ga-product-sem3-brand=”” data-vars-ga-product-sem3-category=”” data-vars-ga-product-sem3-id=”” data-affiliate-network=””>Bite Beauty’s Agave+ Lip Scrub into my lips (it’s made with exfoliating sugar particles and papaya enzymes to get rid of flakes), rinse my lips and pat them dry, and then layer on a pearl-size scoop of this thick and buttery lip mask. The plant oils and agave nectar are ultra-moisturizing and healing.
Best Glowing Lip Mask
Patrick Ta She’s Juicy Major Glow Softening Lip Masque
With a name like ‘She’s Juicy,’ you best believe you’re about to get the plumpest, kissable, juiciest lips around. The key product in this lip mask is lanolin, an ingredient that works to prevent water evaporation from the skin—AKA it keeps your lips super damn hydrated.
Best Lip Plumping Mask
Grande Cosmetics GrandePOUT Plumping Lip Mask
If you’ve been seeing the ingredient “Volulip” in a ton of lip products lately, you can thank today’s lip plumping craze. The mysterious ingredient—which also happens to be the star of this mask—is an active substance containing plant extracts that work to plump those lips temporarily and give off that v familiar tingle sensation.
Best Exfoliating Lip Mask
Nurse Jamie NuLips RX Moisturizing Lip Balm + Exfoliating Brush
Skip the lip scrub and use this 2-in-1 exfoliating and moisturizing lip mask instead. The mask is an antioxidant rich balm that will protect and hydrate your lips, while the included anti-microbial silicone exfoliating brush gently works away dry skin cells to keep your lips soft and supple.
Best Organic Lip Mask
Henné Organics Lip Mask
This USDA-certified organic lip mask can be used as a 15-minute lip treatment (just swipe on a thick layer, let it sit for a few, and then tissue off the excess) or as an overnight lip mask. It’s loaded with all-natural and organic plant oils, like rosehip seed and avocado oils, to really nourish and heal dry lips.
Best Lip Mask For Sleeping
Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask
I’m sure you’ve heard of the hormone melatonin, which can be taken as a sleep-aid supplement, but I doubt you knew that it could be added to cosmetics. Well, allow me to enlighten you: A ton of products use topical melatonin due to its anti-aging and skin-protecting benefits. The addition of melatonin in this lip mask will rejuvenate your lips overnight.
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