This time of year, I go through lip balm like it’s my job. The chillier temps and dry air leave my pout parched and thirsty for any form of long-lasting moisture. Masks are usually my go-to because they provide the level of hydration I’m after, but they can be pricey — especially when you go through them as quickly as I do. Thankfully, a surprising beauty product made its way onto my radar, and my lips (and wallet) have never been in better shape.

These days I can’t stop using Lansinoh HPA Lanolin Skin Protectant Minis ($12) nipple balm. I made the switch after seeing some bloggers I follow swear by its affordability and versatility as a hand cream, lip treatment, and split end smoother. It’s safe to say I’ve been obsessed AF with how hydrated, soft, and smooth my lips now feel.

Lanolin, a wax that comes from the wool of sheep, is the single ingredient that makes this treatment so healing and moisturizing. Lansinoh is made with medical-grade lanolin (so it’s free from environmental pollutants) and doesn’t contain any preservatives or residue left over from the sourcing process. It’s natural, hypoallergenic, and safe to use anywhere.

Although it’s made for new mamas (the thick, nourishing nature of the wax seals in moisture on chapped nipples from nursing to promote healing), I mainly use it on my lips, but the tiniest amount works wonders on dry cuticles, unruly eyebrows, cracked heels, or split ends. The clear, matte balm restores moisture in just a few minutes, making it the perfect first step in my morning routine.

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