Finding the perfect lip balm can be difficult and, honestly, overwhelming. From lipstick to lip gloss to plain old chapstick, the options are seemingly endless when it comes to protecting your lips. With so many lip balms to choose from, how do you know which is the best one for you?
You want a product that keeps your lips moisturized and hydrated — without being too greasy. You also want to make sure that anything you put on your lips helps protect them from the sun. After all, the purpose of lip balms – even those called salves or butters – is to protect your lips1.
Most lip products contain a moisturizing ingredient – such as petroleum jelly or lanolin – that helps prevent water loss1. Having a product that contains a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is also preferred2.
Below is a list of five lip balms that can help keep your lips hydrated and protected from the sun:
SuperGoop® Fusion Lip Balm with SPF 30+
With the strength of acai superberry, this lip balm with SPF 30+ hydrates, repairs, protects, and soothes. Enriched with moisturizing shea butter to lock in hydration and provide a protective barrier from not only the sun, but also environmental damage that can wreak havoc on the delicate skin of the lips.
Nivea™ Sun Protection Lip Care, SPF 30
Nivea Sun Protection Lip Care protects lips from moisture loss and the drying effects of the sun. The result is protected lips that are soft and smooth. This lip balm contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, and other natural ingredients.
Blistex® Herbal Answer® Lip Protectant, SPF 15
Blistex Herbal Answer combines effective sun protection with the moisturizing and soothing effects of natural herbal extracts. This lip balm is a light, pleasant tasting balm that soothes, comforts and protects dry chapped lips with Nutrient Rich™ ingredients nature has to offer.
Neutrogena® Norwegian Formula® Lip Moisturizer SPF 15
This moisture-enriched formula soothes and conditions your lips, keeping them healthy looking and soft in any weather. It contains PABA-free SPF 15 sunscreens to guard against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, and it’s formulated with highest quality ingredients – there’s no color, no fragrance, no unnecessary additives.
Jack Black® Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
This hydrating lip balm is enriched with superior skin conditioners and antioxidants to heal cracked and chapped lips. Grapefruit and ginger refresh and soothe, while shea butter and avocado oil soften and condition lips. Vitamin E, green tea extract, and antioxidants help protect lips from damage caused by free radicals.
- (November 19, 2012). What’s in Lip Balm. [Healthy Beauty Blog]. Retrieved March 16, 2016 from http://www.webmd.com/beauty/lips-smile/decoding-lip-balm
- (June 06, 2007) Summer Buyer’s Guide: Lip Protection. [Healthy Beauty Blog]. Retrieved March 16, 2016 from http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/summer-buyers-guide-lip-protection