15 Greatest Lip Masks to Guarantee Your Magnificence Reward Recipient’s Pout Is Hydrated and Kissable 24/7

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What to Consider

NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King, M.D., FAAD, likes lip masks because they typically have a higher occlusive content than lip balms. Occlusives are hydrating ingredients that form a protective barrier between the lips and elements that prevent moisture loss, similar to slugging for the lips.

Some lip masks such as the ILIA Lip Wrap Overnight Treatment contain mild exfoliating ingredients to help smooth the lips, but there is also the potential for irritation. Luckily for your gift recipient, King and I are both fans of that lip mask and offer a handy tip for using it safely. As for the other lip masks on this list, they’re filled with hydrating ingredients that shouldn’t cause any irritations to their lips.

Best Ingredients

To simplify shopping for lip masks, here’s a quick rundown of common occlusive ingredients broken down by categories.

Types of Occlusives:

  • Fatty acids: Linoleic acid, which is found in argan, sunflower, and grape seed oils
  • Silicone derivatives: Dimethicone
  • Oils and waxes: Squalane, lanolin, shea butter, mango butter, beeswax, carnauba, paraffin, and petrolatum

Types of Humectants:

King is also a fan of lip masks that contain humectants because they attract water and surge your giftee’s lips with some much-needed hydration.

  • Some common humectants are hyaluronic acid, glycerin, amino acids, peptides, and honey.
  • Fun beauty fact: Hyaluronic acid is a next-level moisture magnet that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so it guarantees your giftee’s pout will be well-moisturized. It’s found in several of our must-have lip masks, including the Best Tested Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, Milani Rose Butter Lip Mask, and LAWLESS Forget the Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask.

How We Chose

These gift-worthy lip masks are all highly-rated and available at your most trusted beauty retailers, including Sephora, Ulta, and Amazon. Some are favorites of King, myself, and our former beauty editor, Jennifer Hussein. I carefully vetted the other lip masks and considered their key ingredients to ensure they were made with a healthy balance of humectant and occlusive ingredients.

Regardless which lip mask you order, your giftee will love how soft and supple their lips feel. And given their entry-level price point, you can afford to treat yourself to a lip mask (or a dozen!) because you also deserve a little self-care gift!

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