Cool air. Cozy sweaters. Pumpkin spice everything. Another sure sign of the seasonal shift? The perpetual state of chapped lips. Perhaps you’ve already caught yourself reaching for your favorite lip balm over and over again. But if that’s not cutting it, you may want to consider applying a lip oil — a sensorial new take that packs major benefits for parched pouts.
“Oil-based products are one of the biggest trends we are seeing across skin care right now,” says New York City dermatologist Dr. Josh Zeichner. “Oils are effective because they contain natural fats that provide emollient properties to the skin to soften and protect the outer layer.”
Along with the vitamins and botanical extracts that nourish and prevent chapped lips, these lip oils also offer the shine of a gloss without the stickiness. Most go on clear, reminiscent of your favorite face oil, or with a glossy tint for a barely-there pop of color. Whichever you prefer, the high-shine reflects light to soften the appearance of little lines and flakes.
Here are some of the new lip oils we can’t stop swiping. Give any of these a try, and you’ll likely find yourself addicted to the luxurious feel, too.