Your lips need sunscreen too. But the search for a good lip balm with SPF can be such a hassle! While most lip balms will protect your pout from sunburn-inducing UVB rays, only a few also bother to offer protection from UVA rays (the type that causes premature aging and contributes to the formation of cancer).
To help you in your search, I took a look at a lot of lip balms in the past couple of weeks and came up with five excellent options that provide broad spectrum protection, and keep your pout soft and moisturized too:
Best for children and sensitive lips: Badger Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Unscented
Badger Lip Balm Stick, SPF 15, Unscented ($3.49) is one of the few lip balms on the market that relies solely on Zinc Oxide (8%, uncoated and non-nano) for sun protection. This white mineral can, on its own, provide protection against the entire UV range (it works by creating a protective shield on the lips that reflects UV rays away from them) and is gentle enough for children and sensitive skin. But there’s a catch. Zinc Oxide tends to leave an unattractive white cast on the skin. But if you can put up with that, this lip balm provides excellent sun protection and, thanks to Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Shea Butter, leaves lips soft and moisturized for hours.
Best for antiaging: Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Lip Care SPF 25
Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunscreen Lip Care SPF 25 ($2.99) protects your lips from the sun while also keeping premature aging at bay. How? Thanks to its mix of sunscreen agents and antioxidants. It contains 3.9% Zinc Oxide (because the lip balm is slightly tinted, there’s no white cast!) and UVB filters Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (7.5 %), Ethylhexyl Salicylate (1.0 %) and Octocrylene (10 %). Octocrylene also protects from UVA II (but not UVA I) rays and makes the formula water-resistant. These sunscreen agents work by absorbing UV rays, transforming them into a less dangerous form of heat. The formula also includes natural oils, such as Jojoba Oil, Sunflower Oil, and Olive Oil, which moisturize skin and, thanks to their antioxidant properties, help prevent the formation of wrinkles too.
Best for very hot climates: Solar Sense Clear Zinc Stick for Face & Lips, SPF 50
If you need a lip balm with a very high SPF factor (which still needs to be reapplied frequently!), Sense Solar Clear Zinc Stick for face & lips SPF 50 ($4.59) is a great option to try. This lip balm too contains Zinc Oxide (%14.5) to protect your pout from UVA and UVB rays. Protection from UVB rays is also provided by Octisalate (%5) and Octinoxate (%7.5). The formula also contains soothing aloe vera and antioxidant green tea to keep your lips soft and younger-looking.
Best for chapped lips: B Kamins Chemist Lip Balm SPF 20
Although we tend to associate chapped lips with winter, it’s not uncommon to suffer from them in summer too. Thanks to the moisturizing properties of castor oil and petrolatum, which forms a protective barrier on the lips that binds water in, B Kemins Chemist Lip Balm SPF 20 ($19.00) can help prevent and treat chapped lips. But what about sun protection? The formula features %4 Zinc Oxide, and, to offer further protection from UVB rays, 5% Oxybenzone and 7.5% Octinoxate.
Best for sports: Coppertone Sport Lip Balm, SPF 30
Coppertone Sport Lip Balm, SPF 30 ($3.19) is the only sunscreen in this list which doesn’t contain Zinc Oxide. Instead, UVA protection is provided by Avobenzone (%3). Although effective, this ingredient deteriorates quickly when exposed to the sun, which is why it must be used with other sunscreen agents, such as UVB filter Octocrylene (also present here at %9.09%), to make it last longer. In addition, the sunscreen contains two more UVB filters: %3 Octisalate and 5% Oxybenzone. Castor Seed Oil and Petrolatum, instead, prevent water loss and keep lips soft, smooth, and moisturized.
What’s your favourite lip balm with SPF?