Lip masks for cracked lips that literally work overnight.
Lips tend to dry out faster than the rest of your skin, and that's why hydration is key for keeping lips protected. "The lip skin is so thin and sensitive it simply cannot tolerate some of the products we use on the rest of our face," says dermatologist Erum Ilyas, MD. "Lip masks can be very effective to heal the our delicate lips overnight."
When even drinking water still doesn't help, it's smart to look for a good lip mask or hydrating lip treatment to stop the dryness and pain that comes from chapped lips, or cheilitis. To find only the best lip masks that really work for dry and cracked lips, Good Housekeeping Institute's Beauty Lab recommends looking for lip masks that contain emollients and occlusive.
"Emollients smooth out skin and lips by filling in cracks and holes," says Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. Emollients include conditioning oils like mineral or plant oil. Dr. Ilyas also suggests to look for formulas packed with vitamin E, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid — all of which help achieve hydration and moisture. "Occlusives act like sealants to lock in benefits," she adds. Occlusives commonly are a type of wax that acts as a barrier from environmental factors (think beeswax, petrolatum, and petroleum jelly).
See below for the best lip masks of 2020, including Korean lip masks, lip plumping masks, and even lip treatments that help to soothe wrinkles or sensitive skin. These top picks range from the best-selling lip masks on Amazon to luxury lip masks like Laneige, to personal favorites from dermatologists and beauty experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab. No matter what kind of lip issues you're dealing with, you'll find one on this list that works for you.