Name: Sun Protect SPF 30
From Labello’s website:
Labello Sun Protect locks in moisture and gives waterproof protection with SPF 30 to combat the harsh effects of UVA and UVB rays when outdoors for long periods. This moisturising formula is infused with smoothing, hydrating sunflower extract and potent anti-oxidant vitamin E to fight skin damage and aging caused by UV damage. It also supports the skin’s immune system, leaving lips smooth, even and always protected without a heavy or tacky texture. Sun Protects gentle coats lips with an waterproof layer of moisturising, anti-oxidant sun protection and a natural, colour-free finish.
What I liked:
– provides broad spectrum protection against the sun rays
– makes lips soft
– the packaging
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– leaves a white residue on the lips
– texture is thick and goopy
– not very moisturizing
Summer may be slowly drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean that you can soon stop using SPF. It should be applied all year round, on all areas that are exposed to the sun rays. And that includes your lips. The best way to keep your pout protected is to apply a lipstick, gloss or lip balm with SPF.
At the moment I’m using Labello Sun Protect SPF 30 lip balm. I had already used it in the past and found it only so-so, but apparently, it has recently been reformulated, so I thought it deserved another try. Has it made me fall in love this time? Nope. Average it was and average it remains. So, what’s the problem with it?
The first time I caught my reflection in the mirror after applying this lip balm, I was a bit shocked. The girl staring back at me had white lips that made her look like a corpse! And this despite Labello claims the sunscreen applies clear! I usually don’t mind sunscreens that leave a slight white cast on the skin as mine is so pale it hardly makes a difference, but to have white lips too is just too much. People asked me if I was ill, which is so not the look I was going for.
At least, this inconvenience is easy to fix. All I have to do is apply an opaque gloss or lipstick on top. The white cast disappears, and I can leave the house without scaring anyone. But, sadly, this is not the only problem with this lip balm. Its texture is on the thick side and, even though it glides quite smoothly on the lips, it feels a bit goopy. You can’t really forget you have it on.
Yet, all these flaws can be forgiven if the lip balm does it job (moisturize + protect from sun rays) well, right? I have no complaints about its sun protective properties. The lip balm provides broad spectrum protection thanks to the blend of UVB (Homosalate, Octocrylene and Ethylhexyl Salicylate) and UVA (Avobenzone) filters. Avobenzone breaks down when exposed to light, but here it is stabilized (ie made more longlasting) by Octocrylene. This sunscreen agent also makes the lip balm water-resistant. However, chemical sunscreen filters can cause irritations and allergies in some people. Luckily, I experienced neither.
Instead, its moisturizing properties are only so-so. The main emollients used are Octydodecanol and Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, both of which can bind water into the skin. Castor Oil also gives the lip balm the goopy feel I was complaining about before. While this lip balm makes my lips soft, the effect lasts only for a couple of hours, forcing me to reapply it often throughout the day even when I’m spending it indoors, where the sun can’t degrade the sunscreen agents as fast as it does when they’re exposed to it. But if you’re spending part, or all, of the day outdoors, of course you should reapply the lip balm every couple of hours anyway to keep your lips protected against the sun rays.
Cera Microcristallina, Octyldodecanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Homosolate, Octocrylene, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Myristyl Myristate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, C20-C40 Alkyl Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Butyrospermum Parkii, Helianthus Annuus Seed Extract, Cera Alba, Glyceryl Glucoside, Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Parfum, CI 77891, CI 77492
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Labello Sun Protect SPF 30 lip balm provides broad spectrum protection against the sun rays and keeps lips soft and smooth. However, its moisturizing properties don’t last long. In addition, the lip balm has a thick, goopy texture that leaves a white cast on the skin.