Lip balm’s lifespan is admittedly brief. But that doesn’t diminish its value, especially during winter. Brisk winds and near-zero percent humidity are kryptonite for lips. A first (and very thin) line of defense, lips easily dry out, crack and become painfully chapped. Lip balms are meant to prevent and alleviate such problems; the wax-based products help heal and moisturize, and form a protective barrier against Mother Nature’s assaults. All of these options go on clear, aren’t glossy and won’t cost a fortune — because chances are you’ll lose them pretty quickly anyway.