7 Multi-Purpose Balms to Save Your Skin This Winter

  • Written By:Alexandra Perron, Managing Editor
  • Photography:Ben Ritter

It’s that time of year when dry, cracked skin feels completely unavoidable. The temps have dropped, the air outside is dry (it’s even drier if in an NYC apartment) and your skin is left to suffer the consequences. This also makes it that time of year when having a good multi-purpose balm is everything. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites to save your lips/cuticles/hands the trouble.


Earth Tu Face Skin Stick

You can literally use this everywhere. And you’ll want to thanks to the mix of lavender and rose geranium essential oils. It smells divine, but it really works. Olive oil, pure beeswax, and vetiver root soothes, moisturizes and repairs.



If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Use it on cuticles, dry elbows, chapped lips and even for taming flyaways.


MAKE Marine Salve

There’s a reason this salve is always selling out — it’s really good. It’s made with edible Marine Algae that acts as a shield against pollution, heavy metals and other environmental aggressors. And if your lips are in need of extra TLC, check out the brand’s Sea Salt Exfoliator and Marine Lip Repair.


Fur Oil

While technically not a balm, Fur Oil still wins the multi-purpose award. Use it on skin (body and face) and hair (anywhere and everywhere you have it). And it will even help prevent ingrown hairs.


Glossier Balm Dotcom

Good for chapped lips and dry cuticles. Really good for a dewy glow on cheeks and eyelids. Try it in coconut if you need a mental vacation this winter.


RMS Raw Coconut Cream

From clean makeup artist Rose Marie Swift, this do-it-all coconut oil can be used to soften cracked skin, cleanse, and moisturize split ends. (Pro-tip: the RMS Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes are infused with the same coconut oil. Get them too.)


Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm

The name really says it all. Made with pure lanolin, this will save your dry cuticles, chapped lips, cracked heels, unruly brows, and your life.

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