Putting on sunscreen without using a lip balm with SPF is like wearing wool pants and forgetting underwear—no one will notice but things are bound to get uncomfortable. Lip skin is naturally thinner and just as prone to burns, wrinkles, and skin cancer as the rest of your face and body. So pucker up and try one of these SPF-infused balms (don’t worry boys, most of them go on clear).
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25
This balm was field tested in extreme conditions (think frigid winds and sizzling heat) and packs an extra protection punch with antioxidants and natural moisturizers like shea butter, green tea, vitamin E, and avocado oil. MSRP $7, sephora.com.
Supergoop! SPF 30 UVA/UVB Acaifusion Lip Balm
Acai is the Superman of berries for its antioxidant powers, and this lip balm is packed with them (though be warned: the balm delivers a sheer pink tint). MSPR $8.50, supergoop.com.
Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36 PA++
Lipstick lovers will be fans of this nourishing balm for its smoothing properties—put it on before any color and it’ll help fend off cracks. It’s even recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective UV sunscreen. MSRP $21, sephora.com.
Coola LIPLUX Organic SPF Lip Balm, SPF 30 Original Formula
We’ve already trumpeted our love for Coola’s organic, cruelty-free sun care line, and this little power player makes the grade, too. Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fruit butters, it’s also water resistant for up to 80 minutes and contains no nano-sized particles. MSRP $12, coolasuncare.com.
Sun Bum SPF 30 Lip Balm
Made for surfers and sailors, Sun Bum’s SPF 30 lip balms are formulated to include skin nourishing aloe and vitamin E, but that’s only if you can keep from licking off flavors like banana, key lime, mango, and pomegranate. Good luck. MSRP $3.99, trustthebum.com.
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