During the winter months there is a noticeable difference in the way our skin is feeling, especially our lips. Dry air, winter wind and cold temperatures all conspire to reduce the moisture in our lips. So, the question becomes how does a man take care of these dry, cracked winter burnt lips, by keeping them moist and hydrated?

I’ve found men can be pretty divided on this issue, and unlike women, they don’t openly share their beauty secrets. More often than not I’ve discovered that men use lip balm on a regular basis and what’s even more interesting when they’re asked, they actually have a favorite. Although it’s not likely to come up in casual conversation, here are the best lip balms for men this season:

1. Kiehls – Facial Fuel Lip Balm

For the man with a more refined palette, Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Lip Balm for Men, is a first choice. Facial Fuel is formulated to provide temporary relief for dry cracked lips in addition to providing better moisture retention and preventing further damage. It’s clear, scentless, and has no added shine and is available for $8.50.

2. HeadHunter Lip Balm

If you’re one of those wave chasers who show no fear of the cold, and brave the icy waters in search of the biggest winter swells, HeadHunter lip balm, is the stick of choice. Their super sticky, stay on your lips formula helps keep lips protected from the sun, wind and saltwater. It’s formulated with UVA and UVB filters with an SPF of 30, to offer true broad-spectrum protection and goes for $4.00.

3. Dermatone Lip Balm

For the winter sports adventurist who lives for fresh powder, the balm to have is Dermatone. Created by a small town pharmacist in Sweden, this unique line was designed for harsher cold and alpine weather conditions and it can even help prevent frostbite on the lips. SPF 23, retails for $2.80.

4. Lip Trip

The all around choice for the sporty outdoors type, who is looking for something with long lasting coverage, will want LIP TRIP in their pocket. With a SPF of 15, a healthy dose of Vitamin E to help maintain proper moisture balance, and all natural vanilla or peppermint flavors, this tube is a year round favorite at $3.00.

5. Burt’s Bees

For men who are feeling a little more chemical conscious and have decided to kick the petroleum habit in favor of a more “organic” approach will go with Burt’s Bees. The classic yellow tube, with its natural antioxidants is valued for it’s soothing, regenerating properties and goes for $3.00.  

So guys, do your lips a favor and give them a little extra love with the best lip balms for men. Even if you aren’t so concerned about dry chapped lips, trust me the ladies in your life will notice the difference.


  1. I also recommend the Jack Black lip balms. I have had two of their tubes and they are by far the best lip balms I have ever head. Thick, yet not greasy, easy absorbing and moisturizing, and in great scents. Thanks for a great article Mikki!

  2. I’ve been using Made from Earth’s lip balm for about a decade now and I’ve always loved it. It tastes, smells, and feels great on my lips.

    I’ve tried the other variations of their lip balm such as the blueberry, spearmint, and citrus. the citrus one is a bit too feminine for me. So I’ve come back to the original vanilla flavor and I’ll probably stick with it for awhile. The cooling instantly sooths my dry lips while the beeswax and oils leave my lips feeling soft and moisturized. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. Bottom line: There’s a reason people swear by this stuff. Give it a shot.

  3. COOL– it’s good to know what the guys are liking!!
    Aaron– thanks for the input.
    RC- I haven’t tried it but will give those a try!! thank you again!

  4. I use Burts Bees Kokum Butter. When you first put it on it shines and looks kind of girly but then it quickly subsides. Even thought it is made for women, this one feels the best on my lips and my wife loves my soft lips also.

    There is nothing wrong with a man getting in touch with his feminine side now and again.

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