You think finding a good sunscreen is hard? Try looking for a lip balm with SPF.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find one or two in your fave beauty store come summer. Cos that’s when we all rememeber that, oops, we need SPF on the lips as well. *shakes head*
To add insult to injury, not all lip balms with SPF are up to the job. Sometimes, the SPF is too low or covers only UVB rays. Like, UVA rays are safe?! *shakes head again*
If you find a winner, stock up, ladies! Get enough to last you the whole year. Cos UV rays don’t discriminate – winter or summer, they’ll get you.
Start with the ones below. Imo, they’re the best lip balms with SPF out there:
Best for children and sensitive lips: Badger Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Unscented ($3.49)
Ok, the SPF is a little low but hear me out: Badger Lip Balm Stick, SPF 15, Unscented has 8% uncoated, non-nano zinc oxide, the best UV filter out there. This white mineral protects your lips, on its own, from the entire UV range. Plus, it’s so gentle, it doesn’t irritate even children and sensitive skin. The catch? It leaves a white cast on the lips. Just put lipstick on top and you’ll be fine. And did I mention, the blend of cocoa butter, Shea butter and olive oil leaves skin super soft for the entire day.
Available at: iHerb
Related: Why Zinc Oxide Is The Best UV Filter
Best For Summer: Paula’s Choice Lipscreen SPF 50 ($10.00)
When the sun’s burning hot in the sky and your lips need the highest SPF they can get, turn to Paula’s Choice Lipscreen SPF 50. It uses a blend of chemical UV filters (avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate and octocrylene) to protect your lips from the entire UV range. Plus, in true Paula’s style, it has a bunch of plant oils and butters that moisturise your lips while fighting wrinkles. The icing on the cake? It makes a great base for lipstick – yes, even matte ones!
Best for antiaging: Coola Liplux SPF 30 Original ($12.00)
Coola Liplux SPF 30 Original does double duty: it protects your lips from the sun while fighting wrinkles. Let’s start with the sun protection. It uses avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and octocrylene to protect your skin from UV harm. The last one, octocrylene, also makes it water-resistant. Plus, lots of natural oils to moisturize your lips. These oils are also loaded with antioxidants so they destroy free radicals before they give you wrinkles. Bonus point: vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants out there, is here too.
Best for chapped lips: CeraVe Healing Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($4.97)
Truth bomb: you can get chapped lips in summer too. If that happens, I recommend CeraVe Healing Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It uses a blend of petrolatum and ceramides that repair and strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, nourishing your lips back to health.But what about sun protection? It does that well too: the chemical blend of UV filters (avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate and octocrylene) protects your lips from the entire UV range.
Best Tinted Formula: Supergoop! Acai Fusion Lip Balm With Shea Butter Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($9.50)
Sometimes, a girl just wants a hint of colour together with her SPF, ya know? Supergoop! Acai Fusion Lip Balm With Shea Butter Broad Spectrum SPF 30 comes to the rescue. It has a sheer berry hue that gives your lips a healthy touch of colour. Avobenzone, octinoxate and octisalate provide sun protection while petrolatum and natural oils deeply moisturise your lips. There’s also a sprinkle of antioxidants to help you fight wrinkles, too.
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