Forget lip balms, these lip oils promise greater hydration

We all have that trusty pot (or stick) of lip balm handy to relieve chapped lips. They’ve been around for as long as we can remember, and are foolproof. But have you heard of lip oils?

Unlike balms which only coat the surface of your lips – which may explain why you’re always reapplying them – lip oils go deep into the skin, leaving you with soft, hydrated and glossy puckers. While the thought of applying oil on lips may not sound appealing, it’s actually easy as it’s not sticky and glides on extremely smooth. The shine will then fade — which means its ingredients have been absorbed — keeping your lips hydrated from the inside out.

Lip oils are also usually made out of natural ingredients, such as sunflower, jojoba and Argan oil. If you worry about fragrance, avoid them as those that contain fragrances tend to be drying. To lock in the moisture even further, you can apply a layer of lip balm on top to keep all the good stuff in — that’s double the protection for your lips.

Here are five of our favourite lip oils to try out.

(Main photo: iStock; Featured photo: Marc Jacobs)

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur

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Dior Lip Glow Oil

Dior Lip Glow Oil not only moisturises but also enhances the natural colours of your bare lips — even after five days of application. Its formula is enriched with cherry oil that forms a protective layer on your lips while nourishing it. The product reacts directly to the moisture level of your skin, giving it a customised colour.


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Esteé Lauder Pure Color Envy Nighttime Rescue Lip Oil-Serum

This lip oil has the properties of both an oil and a serum. Its revitalising formula, consisting of rich flower oils such as camellia, rose and lavender, leaves your lips feeling soft and supple the next day. It’s luxurious yet weightless, even if it’s a combination of a serum and treatment oil.


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Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(cover) Hydrating Coconut Lip Oil

There’s not one but five forms of coconut in this Marc Jacobs product as well as vitamin E and aloe vera for extra nourishment. This lip oil instantly relieves dryness upon application. Wear it alone for a healthy-looking sheen, before lipstick to prep lips, or as a topper for that extra shine.


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Clarins Comfort Lip Oil

Clarins Comfort Lip Oil is powered by plant-based active ingredients. These ingredients are carefully selected by Clarins’ experts, ensuring that they provide optimum nutrition and comfort when used on the lips. The oil leaves a shiny but non-sticky finish with a subtly sweet taste.


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Tarte Maracuja Glossy Lip Oil

Maracuja oil is no stranger to the Tarte brand — there’s even a bottle of the multi-purpose oil on its own. This new lip oil from Tarte uses said oil as its key ingredient, along with macadamia seed oil, safflower seed oil, olive fruit oil, vitamin E and açai to further nourish the lips.


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