Why Lip Oil Should Be At The Top Of Your Beauty To-Buy List

Chances are you’ve already added a face and maybe even a hair oil to your daily routine, but there’s a new kind of beauty oil that’s bound to become a next can’t-live-without: lip oil. 

Don’t worry if you're confused about what exactly this new beauty product is. You're not alone. Keep reading for everything you need to know about lip oil, plus Ipster picks for the best lip oils that give the perfect moisturizing shimmer.

So What is Lip Oil, Exactly?

While face and hair oils are all about moisturizing, lip oil does so much more. This makeup must-have also boasts the benefits you can expect from your favorite skincare. It can treat, soothe, and nourish that delicate skin, all while helping your lips look juicy and plump. That’s because lip oils are typically made with a high concentration of hydrating oils like jojoba, rosehip, and coconut oils, all of which are amazing at soothing dry lips.

Aside from the hydration component, lip oil is a high-shine addition to your makeup stash. One swipe will give you an amazing pop of color with long-lasting shine that you used to only get from your fave lip gloss (only more nourishing and without the stickiness of traditional gloss). You can also layer a lip oil over or under other lip products. Pair it with a lip stain to up the shine, or swipe it on under your favorite lipstick as a nourishing base layer.

What’s the difference between lip oil, lip gloss, and lip balm?

If you have ever had dry lips (or feel like you’re battling them constantly), you probably have a pretty epic stash of lip balm. But what if we told you that lip oil could also help revive your chapped lips? Hear us out: Unlike the rest of your body, your lips don’t have any sebaceous (aka oil) glands, meaning they’re seriously lacking in both nourishment and protection.

Most balms have a wax base, which does coat your lips for temporary relief, but it doesn’t do much in terms of long-term hydration. Lip oils, on the other hand, are made from...well, oil (reminder, your lips don’t make their own). Oil can go much deeper into your skin to heal your lips from within.

Plus, do you ever feel like you need to constantly reapply your lip balm to no avail? You can thank the waxy nature of lip balm for that one. A few swipes of lip oil should be enough to treat your dry skin and wear for hours.