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- Lips can’t produce oil and moisturize themselves, making them more prone to dryness.
- A lip mask will add moisture into your lips while creating a protective layer to keep it locked in.
- We selected the eight best hydrating lip masks you can buy, below.
Just like the right skincare routine can have your face glowing, lips need attention too, especially when they dry out and get chapped. That’s where a lip mask comes in. The point of most lip masks is to hydrate your lips and seal in moisture. Some do one more than the other, but we prefer those that have a healthy balance or lean toward hydrating. After all, what’s the point of locking in moisture if there’s nothing to lock in?
Ingredients to look out for.
Unlike the rest of your face, waxes and oils are great for your lips. After all, your lips don’t have any pores to clog. In general, there are three categories of ingredients to look for.
In general, we kept an eye out for hydrating emollients like jojoba oil, moisture-trapping occlusives like petrolatum, water-attracting humectants, and other ingredients like topical melatonin that have specialized benefits. We avoided ingredients like salicylic acid, menthol, and camphor.
We picked eight of the best lip masks, which are each crafted to deliver long-lasting hydration, not just a quick fix.
These are the best lip masks of 2021
This lip mask comes in a frosted glass pot with a matte cover. The mask is rich and feels deeply hydrating while lasting several hours. It’s made with a mix of waxes and oils like castor seed, safflower seed, and sunflower oil. It’s also made with agave and pomegranate extracts for an antioxidant kick. It feels silky and buttery on your lips at the same time.
Bonus: it comes with a perfectly-sized spatula that fits into the inside of the lid and helps you avoid sticking fingers into the pot.
Sara Happ The Dream Slip
Sara Happ’s lip mask has an exciting ingredient list. The first ingredient is hydrating and healing: jojoba oil. The next four are thick, moisture-trapping ingredients like beeswax and white mineral oil. Past the ingredients, my experience with this product was amazing.To my surprise (and despite my tendency to toss and turn), this mask actually lasted overnight.
Sara Happ also offers a clay lip mask ($34).
Innisfree Lip sleeping mask with green tea
K-beauty brand innisfree makes a sleeping lip mask that packs an antioxidant punch with the scent of a fresh cup of green tea. It feels very hydrating on the lips and lays on a thick layer, similar to Vaseline. The mask has a slight dark greenish tint on your lips, which may look funny if you’re around other people, or unseen if you actually wear this to bed.
Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask
Tatcha’s gooey Kissu Lip Mask comes with a luxe-looking, mini gold spatula and smells fruity. The jelly treatment is made with a mix of hydrating and protective ingredients. Some of its main hydrators include squalane and camellia oil as well as soothing ingredients like peach extract.
Most masks on this list have a 12-month shelf life, but the label on this one suggests it only lasts six months before expiring. Fortunately, the pot of product isn’t that big… which means you also have to decide if this is worth the value
ILIA Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask
ILIA’s hydrating mask is made with a standard set of hydrating ingredients like mango butter and moisture-trapping waxes. But ILIA uses some standout ingredients in their lip mask like salicornia, which is derived from a succulent, and papaya enzymes that gently exfoliate lip skin to allow the formula to hydrate deeper. Its consistency is waxy but slightly more liquid than Vaseline.
ILIA’s innovative lip exfoliator ($26) is one of our favorite scrubs.
Sephora Collection Lip Sleeping Mask
The Sephora Collection Lip Sleeping Mask is the ultimate budget and value option of the list. Plus, it feels and works great. Sephora’s thick and gooey lip mask is made with hydrating oils like shea butter and sunflower seed oil. And it has waxy ingredients to keep that moisture locked in. All the boxes, checked!
Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask
Milk’s silky Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask is infused with hydrating oils and butters as well as protective-layer-producing waxes. Although it’s not high on the ingredient list, Milk’s lip mask uniquely uses topical melatonin, which may have skin-repairing effects. This mask also recruits moisture-grabbing hyaluronic acid and a berry blend for antioxidants. Made with over 10 different extracts from fruit, flowers, and more, Milk’s lip mask smells like shea butter with a hint of lemon.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Buttermask Intense Repair Lip Treatment
Kiehl’s Buttermask Intense Repair Lip Treatment is a hydrating paste of butters, waxes, and oils. This means it’ll hydrate while locking in moisture. Ingredients include hydrating superstars like coconut and castor oil and moisture-locking agents like beeswax. When you apply the smooth Buttermask treatment, it smells like shea butter and feels like it’s immediately getting to work.