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GQ’s Favorite

MAKE Marine Salve

The skin on your lips is thinner than it is on the rest of your body, so it’s also the most prone to dryness and cracking. Threats to your lips come from everywhere—sunburn, windburn, cold and dry air, excess saliva (which actually de-hydrates your lips), bacteria, cold sores, and more. For all these reasons, you need a perennial plan to keep that skin strong and smooth. That solution usually comes packed into a tiny tube or tin.

A great lip balm is chock full of nourishing oils like sunflower, castor, or tea tree, and skin-smoothing butters like cocoa or shea. Highly concentrated balms prevent dryness and cuts from worsening, while preserving existing moisture and protecting lips from those ongoing threats.

So, who makes the best balm? MAKE is our favorite balm—or rather, a salve, which is slightly less waxy than a balm. The brand’s highly concentrated Marine Salve melts into your skin, coating the lips in a defensive, healing shield. It’s got a secret ingredient that protects the lips from bacterial threats, and moonlights as a mega healer for other ailing body parts.

3 Reasons We Love MAKE’s Marine Salve

1. You snooze, you win: MAKE’s salve is so dense with oils and butters that it’s also an overnight miracle remedy. Since your cells regenerate while you sleep, you want a product like this to magnify any repair to chapped or cracked lips. Apply some before bed, whether your lips are hurting, or as an extra line of defense from cold, dry air. In the morning, you’ll wake with a soft, smooth set.

2. The secret is algae: Like the rest of your body, the lips are susceptible to harmful environmental factors, like free radicals and bacteria. MAKE packs an edible sea algae into its salve to battle these aggressors, thwarting any threats to the lips’ thin layer of skin.

3. It works on… everything: This is not just lip therapy: The salve tames stray hairs and unruly eyebrows. It heals cracked cuticles, chapped elbows, dry hands, and minor cuts and scrapes. You’ll go through it quickly, we promise.

Three More Lip Balms We Like

For the Outdoor Enthusiast: Original Ski Balm

Ski Naked 30 SPF Lip Balm

Hikers, runners, skiers, rejoice: Original Ski Balm’s hero product prevents sunburn and windburn to the sensitive skin on your lips. Tested at high altitudes and extremely cold weather, this tube is engineered for extremities, but friendly for everyday civilian wear, too.

The Au Naturale

Mayron’s Goods – Lip Stuff Mint

The chemists behind Mayron’s Goods have concocted an organic balm with serious potency: The blend of cocoa and shea butter, beeswax, sunflower oil, and vitamin E moisturizes the skin, while chamomile and peppermint oil soothe any strain.

The Rapid Recovery

Burt’s Bees Medicated Lip Balm

If you’ve got more than just chapped lips—we’re talking cold sores and fever blisters—then speed up the healing with the menthol- and eucalyptus-infused drugstore favorite.

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