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Top 36 Best Japanese Lip Balms in 2021 - Tried and True! (Nivea, DHC, and More)

Your lips are worth taking good care of, especially because they’re tender and prone to aging, just like the rest of your skin. And in Japan, as in America, lip balm is cheap and plentiful, so you have plenty of choices–choices between brands, as well as between medicated, tinted, or organic balms.

But which balms are worth your money and which aren’t? To answer that question, we ordered the 36 most popular lip balms from Japan’s e-commerce giants (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) and tested for the following:

  1. Hydration
  2. Application

This is how we tested and found the most exceptional Japanese lip balms.
  • Last updated: 01-26-2021
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Top 36 Best Japanese Lip Balms

These lip balms were ranked by how well they did on our tests (hydration, how sticky the formula was, how it felt to apply–whether it was too hard or soft and how it spread–and how easy it was to apply–that is, how convenient the packaging was).

Each product was then given an overall grade ranging from 1.0 to 5.0.


※Mentholatum was bought out by the Japanese company Rohto Pharmaceutical Co. in 1988 and is thus included on this list. Likewise, Nivea is a joint venture between the Japanese corporation Kao and Beiersdorf AG.

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Taiyo Pharmaceuticals Manuka Honey Lip 1

Taiyo PharmaceuticalsManuka Honey Lip

$15.08

Japaneseマヌカハニー リップ
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration5.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)5.0
Application (Ease)4.0
Overall score5.0
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Curél  Moisture Lip Care Cream 1

Curél Moisture Lip Care Cream

$6.84

Japaneseキュレル リップケアスティック
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration4.0
Stickiness5.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)4.0
Overall score5.0
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ADDICTION Stolen Kiss Enhancer ~001 Bitten Rose~

$20.87

Japaneseアディクション ストールンキス エンハンサー 001
FormulaTinted (Baby Pink); scented (Juniper Berry Essential Oil & Geranium Rose)
Hydration5.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score5.0
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CareCera Hydrating Lip Cream 1

CareCeraHydrating Lip Cream

$6.17

Japaneseケアセラ 高保湿リップクリーム
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration4.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)4.0
Overall score5.0
5
Menturm Petroleum Jelly 1

MenturmPetroleum Jelly

$3.36

Japaneseメンターム ワセリン
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration4.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score4.0
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Mentholatum  Lip Baby Natural 1

Mentholatum Lip Baby Natural

$4.01

Japaneseメンソレータム リップベビーナチュラル
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration2.0
Stickiness5.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)4.0
Overall score4.0
7

24h cosme Natural Lip Cream

$14.28

Japanese24h cosme ナチュラルリップクリーム
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration4.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score4.0
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JapaneseDHC 薬用リップクリーム
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration2.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score4.0
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Japaneseナイアードビーワックスリップクリーム
FormulaScented (Essential Oils)
Hydration3.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)1.0
Overall score4.0
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 Nivea  Rich Care & Color Lip ~Bordeaux~ 1

Nivea Rich Care & Color Lip ~Bordeaux~

$6.56

Japaneseニベア リッチケア&カラーリップ ボルドー
FormulaTinted (Bordeaux)
Hydration2.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score4.0
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Mentholatum Deep Moist

$4.94

Japaneseメンソレータム ディープモイスト
FormulaScented (Menthol)
Hydration4.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)2.0
Overall score3.0
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JapaneseケイトCCリップクリーム 01 くっきり血色 レッド
FormulaTinted (Red)
Hydration3.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)4.0
Overall score3.0
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JapaneseDHC エクストラモイスチュア リップクリーム
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration3.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)2.0
Overall score3.0
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Country & Stream  Natural Honey Lip 1

Country & Stream Natural Honey Lip

$6.96

Japaneseカントリー&ストリーム ハニーフルリップ
FormulaScented (Honey)
Hydration2.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score3.0
15
Japaneseエテュセリップエッセンス
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration1.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score3.0
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AQUA・AQUAOrganic Sweets Lip ~Apple Red~

$16.48

Japaneseアクア・アクアオーガニックスイーツリップ
FormulaTinted (Red)
Hydration4.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)1.0
Application (Ease)2.0
Overall score3.0
17

freeplus medicated lip treatment

$13.03

Japaneseフリープラス 薬用 リップトリートメント
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration4.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score3.0
18

Nivea Moisture Lip Water Type Unscented

$3.81

Japaneseニベア モイスチャーリップ ウォータータイプ 無香料
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration3.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)2.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score2.0
19

Kenei Pharmaceutical Co. Baby Vaseline

$6.41

Japanese健栄製薬ベビーワセリン
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration1.0
Stickiness5.0
Application (Feel)5.0
Application (Ease)2.0
Overall Score2.0
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21. recipist color lip cream ~pure red~

$15.47

Japaneseレシピスト ほんのり色づくリップクリーム ピュアレッド
FormulaTinted (Red)
Hydration1.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)4.0
Overall score2.0
21

Atorrege AD+ Medicated Lip Cream

$13.44

JapaneseアトレージュAD+ 薬用リップエリア
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration2.0
Stickiness1.0
Application (Feel)5.0
Application (Ease)2.0
Overall score2.0
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Metholatum  Medicated Lip Stick 1

Metholatum Medicated Lip Stick

$2.76

Japaneseメンソレータム 薬用リップスティック
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration1.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)2.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score2.0
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Lip the Color Lip TInt ~Foggy Rose~ 1

Lip the ColorLip TInt ~Foggy Rose~

$6.60

Japaneseリップザカラー フォギーローズ
FormulaTinted (Foggy Rose)
Hydration3.0
Stickiness2.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score2.0
24

Mama Butter Natural Shea Butter Lip Treatment

$6.00

Japaneseママバターナチュラル シアバター リップトリートメント
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration1.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)5.0
Application (Ease)2.0
Overall score2.0
25

Nivea Moisture Lip Unscented

$3.81

Japaneseニベア モイスチャーリップ 無香料
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration1.0
Stickiness4.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall score2.0
26

Arouge Total Moist Veil Lip Essence

$13.19

Japaneseアルージェトータルモイストベール リップエッセンス
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration5.0
Stickiness1.0
Application (Feel)3.0
Application (Ease)2.0
Overall score2.0
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Japaneseメンソレータム メルティクリームリップ
FormulaDye- and fragrance-free
Hydration1.0
Stickiness2.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)4.0
Overall score2.0
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Japaneseニベア ディープモイスチャーリップ
FormulaScented (Olive & Lemon)
Hydration1.0
Stickiness3.0
Application (Feel)4.0
Application (Ease)3.0
Overall Score2.0

Compare the Best Japanese Lip Balms

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Taiyo Pharmaceuticals Manuka Honey Lip 1

Taiyo Pharmaceuticals

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Curél  Moisture Lip Care Cream 1

Curél

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ADDICTION  Stolen Kiss Enhancer ~001 Bitten Rose~ 1

ADDICTION

4
CareCera Hydrating Lip Cream 1

CareCera

5
Menturm Petroleum Jelly 1

Menturm

6
Mentholatum  Lip Baby Natural 1

Mentholatum

7
24h cosme  Natural Lip Cream 1

24h cosme

8
DHC  Medicated Lip Cream 1

DHC

9
Naiad  Beeswax Lip Cream 1

Naiad

10
 Nivea  Rich Care & Color Lip ~Bordeaux~ 1

Nivea

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Mentholatum  Deep Moist 1

Mentholatum

12
kate  CC lip cream ~01 Blood Red~ 1

kate

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DHC Extra Moisture Lip Cream 1

DHC

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Country & Stream  Natural Honey Lip 1

Country & Stream

15
ettusais  lip essence 1

ettusais

16
AQUA・AQUA Organic Sweets Lip ~Apple Red~ 1

AQUA・AQUA

17
freeplus  medicated lip treatment 1

freeplus

18
Nivea  Moisture Lip Water Type Unscented 1

Nivea

19
Kenei Pharmaceutical Co.  Baby Vaseline 1

Kenei Pharmaceutical Co.

20
21. recipist color lip cream ~pure red~ 1

21
Atorrege AD+  Medicated Lip Cream 1

Atorrege AD+

22
Metholatum  Medicated Lip Stick 1

Metholatum

23
Lip the Color Lip TInt ~Foggy Rose~ 1

Lip the Color

24
Mama Butter  Natural Shea Butter Lip Treatment 1

Mama Butter

25
Nivea  Moisture Lip Unscented 1

Nivea

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Arouge  Total Moist Veil Lip Essence 1

Arouge

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Mentholatum  Melty Cream Lip 1

Mentholatum

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Nivea Deep Moisture Lip 1

Nivea

Name

Manuka Honey Lip

Moisture Lip Care Cream

Stolen Kiss Enhancer ~001 Bitten Rose~

Hydrating Lip Cream

Petroleum Jelly

Lip Baby Natural

Natural Lip Cream

Medicated Lip Cream

Beeswax Lip Cream

Rich Care & Color Lip ~Bordeaux~

Deep Moist

CC lip cream ~01 Blood Red~

Extra Moisture Lip Cream

Natural Honey Lip

lip essence

Organic Sweets Lip ~Apple Red~

medicated lip treatment

Moisture Lip Water Type Unscented

Baby Vaseline

21. recipist color lip cream ~pure red~

Medicated Lip Cream

Medicated Lip Stick

Lip TInt ~Foggy Rose~

Natural Shea Butter Lip Treatment

Moisture Lip Unscented

Total Moist Veil Lip Essence

Melty Cream Lip

Deep Moisture Lip

Features

Simple Ingredients and No Greasiness

Feels Super Light, but Keeps Lips Hydrated

Moisturizes and Works as a Light Tint

Doesn’t Stick but Locks in Moisture

A Petroleum Jelly Formula That Doesn't Feel Heavy

Makes a Perfect Base because of Its Light, Soft Texture

Organic Ingredients That Hydrate and Apply Well

Glides Over Lips for Light Hydration

Hydration That Comes With a Relaxing Botanical Scent

Will Have Your Lips Looking Dewy but Not Sticky

A Deeply Moisturizing Formula

Use It as a Lipstick, Base, or Hydrator

We Love the Dewy Finish

Smells like Honey and Melts Into the Lips

Applies and Shines like a Gloss

Leaves Your Lips Gleaming in a Fresh, Natural Red

A Well-Balanced Balm That’s Above Average in Every Way

Moisturizes Without the Gloss

A Petroleum Jelly Balm That Doesn’t Stick

Applies Well and Makes a Decent Cosmetic

Spreads Softly and Quickly and Leave Lips Moist and Sticky

Cheap, Cool, and Minty Relief

Shines in a Vivid Rose Pink

Feels Amazing to Apply

Simple and Easy to Use

Might Not Spread Well, but Lasts Long

A Good Texture That's Not Too Hard nor Too Soft

Has a Soothing Scent of Olive and Lemons

Price$15.08$6.84$20.87$6.17$3.36$4.01$14.28$6.35$13.18$6.56$4.94$19.28$11.99$6.96$17.98$16.48$13.03$3.81$6.41$15.47$13.44$2.76$6.60$6.00$3.81$13.19$4.62$4.76
Japaneseマヌカハニー リップキュレル リップケアスティックアディクション ストールンキス エンハンサー 001ケアセラ 高保湿リップクリームメンターム ワセリンメンソレータム リップベビーナチュラル24h cosme ナチュラルリップクリームDHC 薬用リップクリームナイアードビーワックスリップクリームニベア リッチケア&カラーリップ ボルドーメンソレータム ディープモイストケイトCCリップクリーム 01 くっきり血色 レッドDHC エクストラモイスチュア リップクリームカントリー&ストリーム ハニーフルリップエテュセリップエッセンスアクア・アクアオーガニックスイーツリップフリープラス 薬用 リップトリートメントニベア モイスチャーリップ ウォータータイプ 無香料健栄製薬ベビーワセリンレシピスト ほんのり色づくリップクリーム ピュアレッド アトレージュAD+ 薬用リップエリアメンソレータム 薬用リップスティックリップザカラー フォギーローズママバターナチュラル シアバター リップトリートメントニベア モイスチャーリップ 無香料アルージェトータルモイストベール リップエッセンスメンソレータム メルティクリームリップニベア ディープモイスチャーリップ
FormulaDye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeTinted (Baby Pink); scented (Juniper Berry Essential Oil & Geranium Rose)Dye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeScented (Essential Oils)Tinted (Bordeaux)Scented (Menthol)Tinted (Red)Dye- and fragrance-freeScented (Honey)Dye- and fragrance-freeTinted (Red)Dye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeTinted (Red)Dye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeTinted (Foggy Rose)Dye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeDye- and fragrance-freeScented (Olive & Lemon)
Hydration5.04.05.04.04.02.04.02.03.02.04.03.03.02.01.04.04.03.01.01.02.01.03.01.01.05.01.01.0
Stickiness3.05.04.04.03.05.04.04.03.04.04.03.03.04.04.03.03.03.05.04.01.04.02.03.04.01.02.03.0
Application (Feel)5.03.03.03.04.03.03.04.04.04.03.03.04.03.04.01.03.02.05.04.05.02.03.05.03.03.04.04.0
Application (Ease)4.04.03.04.03.04.03.03.01.03.02.04.02.03.03.02.03.03.02.04.02.03.03.02.03.02.04.03.0
Overall score5.05.05.05.04.04.04.04.04.04.03.03.03.03.03.03.03.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.0
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Products That Didn't Make The Cut

And why they didn't quite make it.

Issues With the Packaging and Design

Issues With the Packaging and Design

yuskin Lip Care might have had an easy-to-open cap, but it came off too easily in our makeup bags. The chapstick also gave us trouble during application: it was too stiff, thin, and short. It also smelled cold and sharp, like herbal medicine.


On the other hand, multiple products were hard to open because the caps were too small. Wonder Honey Juicy Honey Lip ~Plum~ and PAX NATURON Lip Cream would definitely have you struggling to get the cap off if your palms were sweaty or slick with hand lotion. 

Issues With the Packaging and Design

Wonder Honey, however, did have a nice soft and spreadable formula, but we thought it would melt if left in the sun for too long. Argelan Oil Lip Stick was similar - it had a decent spread, but seemed as if it would lose its shape easily in the heat; plus, the cap was a bit tight. It did have a relaxing, olive-like scent, though.

Issues With the Packaging and Design

Mentholatum Lip fondue ~Aurora 3D Pearl~ was not retractable; so if you twist and the products extends too far out, there’s no going back. It was also too soft and felt like goo; when we pushed too hard, we simply flattened the tip. If you’re not careful, you’ll get sticky residue all over the casing.


It was supposed to add a pearl-like sheen to lips, but it looked unnatural. The chapstick didn’t spread easily and imparted a greasy shine to our lips, so we wouldn’t recommend using this as a moisturizer or a gloss.

Doesn't Last for Long and Doesn't Work Well

Doesn't Last for Long and Doesn't Work Well

Shiseido Water in Lip was solid and didn’t really melt with body heat. It might tug too much on sensitive or cracked lips. It did feel light and didn’t make hair stick to our lips, but that was because we might as well have been wearing nothing at all.


Mommy! Lip Cream came out to a nice, glossy finish and felt light going on, but the formula left our lips tacky. It also didn’t do much to retain moisture, so you’ll probably be reapplying numerous times throughout the day. DHC Color Lip Cream ~Red~ also felt lacking after eight hours, like it didn't actually set into our lips. It was also thin and too subtly colored.

How We Tested the Lip Balms

How We Tested the Lip Balms

We put each product through two tests to check for the following:


  1. Hydration
  2. Application

Then we gave them a score from 1.0 to 5.0 and ranked them.

Test ① Hydration

Test ① Hydration
The first thing we tested for was hydration.
We used a moisture analyzer, the SKICON-200 EX, for this test. We applied all of the lip creams on to our arms and compared the state of our skin before application to its state eight hours after application. We then graded the results using a five-step scale (1.0 to 5.0).
We had our eight test participants stay cooped up in a room where temperature and humidity were kept constant and where they moved as little as possible.

Products Featuring Petroleum Jelly Were Great at Retaining Moisture

Products Featuring Petroleum Jelly Were Great at Retaining Moisture
Most products that came out on top for hydration featured petroleum jelly in their formulas. Because petroleum jelly seals in moisture, our lips stayed hydrated for the whole eight hours.
We can’t point out any other definitively moisturizing ingredients, as hydration depends on the overall makeup of the formula – how ingredients play off of each other and how much of each specific ingredient is included – but products that contained squalane and castor oil also tended to work well.

Test ② Application

Test ② Application
Next, we tested for how sticky the balms were, whether the packaging was convenient, and how it felt as we were putting them on.

To check for stickiness, first, we applied the balms. We then held a bunch of Frisk breath mints against our lips and looked at how many stuck. We rated each product on a scale from 1.0 to 5.0.

If You Prize Convenience Over All, Get a Stick; If You Want Smooth Application, Get a Tube

If You Prize Convenience Over All, Get a Stick; If You Want Smooth Application, Get a Tube
Most stick applicators tugged on our lips. They did go on thin and weren’t sticky for the most part, but many also didn’t spread well. A few better performing chapsticks melted into oil when they were exposed to body heat, but they still didn’t feel as gentle as balm in a tube.
Tube balms usually had a lot of oil and were more liquidy, meaning that they spread easily and didn’t tug on chapped lips. However, they also felt sticky, were messier to apply, and we had to worry about squeezing out too much or too little. Once you do get tube balm on your lips, though, it won’t fade easily, so save it for overnight use.

How to Choose Japanese Lip Balm – Buying Guide

Here, we want to introduce three things you should look out for when picking out a Japanese lip balm.

Learn the Differences Between Drugs, OTC Drugs, and Cosmetics

In Japan, lip balm can be considered a drug, an OTC drug (also known as quasi-drug), or a cosmetic. They’re governed by rules that are quite similar to the ones laid out by the FDA and quite intuitive – let’s go over them.

Drugs Repair Heavily Irritated or Chapped Lips

Drugs Repair Heavily Irritated or Chapped Lips
Lip balms that are labeled drugs will have ingredients that repair severely chapped and irritated lips. Their main purpose is healing – that is, changing something about your body – so you should think of this kind of balm as medicine, rather than basic skincare. 

If your lips are really in poor condition, then consult with a specialist about what kind of medication would be right for you.

OTC Drugs Prevent Chapping or Irritation

OTC Drugs Prevent Chapping or Irritation
Many OTC drugs are also labeled as “medicated,” and they’re meant to prevent irritation. That means you should be using medicated lip balm as a protective measure and not to repair cracked or bleeding lips.

Cosmetics Hydrate and Act as a Tint or as a Base for Lipstick

Cosmetics Hydrate and Act as a Tint or as a Base for Lipstick
Most cosmetic lip balms are packed with hydrating ingredients. You can also find cosmetic balms that have SPF, are tinted or scented, or are meant to be used as a base for lipstick. If you’re looking for a balm that can hydrate and double as makeup, then you’re looking for a cosmetic.

Check for Hydrating Ingredients

What’s a balm if it doesn’t hydrate? Below are some ingredients you should be searching for.

Naturally-Occurring Ingredients are Safe and Gentle

Naturally-Occurring Ingredients are Safe and Gentle
There is not one cosmetic ingredient that is supposed to be dangerous, but if you’re worried about the possibility of unknown side effects cropping up, then look for materials that are naturally occurring. Honey and hyaluronic acid draw in water from the air and are quite effective.

You also want oil, which acts as a lid and seals in moisture: squalane, as well as jojoba, castor, olive, and macadamia seed oil are all good choices. Botanical extracts are generally non-irritating and can keep lips hydrated for hours. However, depending on the person, they can stir up allergic reactions. It’s best to use ingredients you’re familiar and comfortable with.

Petroleum Jelly Locks in Moisture

Petroleum Jelly Locks in Moisture
Petroleum jelly is often used in skincare. It forms a membrane over skin that not only keeps water from evaporating but also shields against irritants. That means it doesn’t actually moisturize deep into the skin; it simply sits on top, making sure nothing escapes or enters.
While petroleum jelly does feel a bit greasy, it’s a must-have for those with dry, flaky lips.

Find One That's Easy to Use

Find One That's Easy to Use
Lip balm can come as a stick, or in a tube or jar. Sticks forms are easy to apply and carry around. They’re solid, though, and can tug on your lips. You want to stay away from chapsticks that are too hard as they rub against skin, and the friction can end up doing more harm than good.
Then there are balms that come in a tube or jar. Most of these are slightly more liquid in form; they melt when exposed to body heat, spreading onto and absorbing into skin easily. These are best for when your lips are feeling a bit tender or irritated. However, most of the time, you have to apply with either your finger or a cotton swab, so they can get messy.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Lip Balm

Putting on lip balm isn’t as straightforward as you might think.

Apply Balm from Top to Bottom, Following the Creases in Your Lips

Apply Balm from Top to Bottom, Following the Creases in Your Lips
It’s important that you apply balm at the first signs of drying, but it’s just as important that you don’t overapply. The skin on your lips is incredibly thin, and it stresses your lips every time you put a spoon, fork, cup, or water bottle to them. The less time you give your lips to rest, the faster they dull in color.
However, your lips also heal quickly. As long as you keep them hydrated with a gentle balm, you should be able to prevent a lot of dulling and wrinkling.
When you apply lip balm, swipe vertically. You want to follow the creases in your lips during application, making sure the product reaches the depths of those wrinkles. If you’re using a stick-type balm, you may also end up tugging on your lips when you swipe from left to right, and you want to be as gentle as possible.

Retire Lip Balms After About Half a Year of Use

Retire Lip Balms After About Half a Year of Use
We wish that lip balms lasted forever and that we never had to throw them away, but they too have an expiration date. Most balms will last about three years from the manufacture date, unopened. Once opened, though, they last only about half a year.
Lips are often buried under lipstick or lip gloss, so they’re already prone to hyperpigmentation. On top of that, lip balms–and specifically, natural lip balms–oxidize easily, so over time, they too could lend themselves to the dulling of your lips.
Also be aware that every time you touch your chapstick to your lips, you’re exposing it to saliva and bacteria. We know it’s annoying, but the best way to apply balm, whether in stick or tube form, is with your finger or a brush.

Other Japanese Products to Keep You Hydrated

Other Japanese Products to Keep You Hydrated

If you have skin, it’s going to dry out due to a ton of different factors. This is why hydrating products are so important. If you're looking for more Japanese moisturizers that work wonders, then take a look at the articles below.

Summary

We rounded up members of our editing department, purchased the 36 most popular Japanese lip balms, and tested them all.

Remember that skin and lip care is all about consistency. Don’t give your lips a chance to dry out – keeping them hydrated is the same thing as keeping them young. And apply lip balm not only during the dry months of winter, but during the sunny days of summer as well.

Author: Haruka Toda/Translation: Jasmine Li

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