The 3 Best SPF Lip Balms on Amazon
No matter how much sunscreen you slather on your body, we bet there’s one spot you’re habitually overlooking: your lips. As one of the most delicate areas of your face, they’re exposed to sunlight every single day—and not just at the beach—so protecting your pout is of utmost importance. This means that any old balm will not do. You’re going to need one with long-wearing SPF that can withstand a dip in the pool and a dive in the ocean (OK, and an alfresco glass of rosé). Here are three of our favorite picks for smooth, hydrated and protected lips.
Editors’ Pick: EltaMD UV Lip Balm Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 31
- Dermatologist recommended
- Transparent zinc oxide won’t turn lips white
- Helps protect against UVA and UVB rays
Our senior beauty editor is obsessed with EltaMD’s UV Clear Tinted Sunscreen, so it’s no surprise that another one of our beauty editors swears by this SPF salve. She says, “I have chapped lips year-round, but the sun really aggravates them. Some lip balms sting, but this one is so gentle and nourishing. Plus it has SPF 31, which is higher than most lip sunscreens, so I know I’m protected, even during marathon beach days. It’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes and my dermatologist recommended it. It’s a win all around.”
Best Value: Supergoop! Mint Condition Lip Shield SPF 30
- Water-resistant SPF 30 protection
- Made from beeswax, coconut, avocado and grape seed oils
- Restores dry, cracked and dehydrated lips
Supergoop! is one of the beauty industry’s greatest gifts. The brand makes sunscreens that we actually want to wear (hint: no white residue), and its lip balm with SPF is no exception. The wide shape of the stick ensures you don’t miss any spots, but the real star is the minty formula that glides on with ease and leaves lips hydrated and protected for hours of sipping or surfing. Stock up on this $5 lip balm so you can keep one in your work tote, one in your going-out purse and another in your beach bag. Trust.
Splurge-Worthy: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20
- Helps strengthen your lip's delicate moisture barrier
- Soothes lips while delivering long-lasting hydration
- UVA and UVB protection lasts up to eight hours
When you really want to give your lips some love, treat them to this luxe formula. Based off the cult-favorite Eight Hour Cream (Elizabeth Arden’s very first product that’s been around since 1930), this does for your lips what the original does for you face: hydrates, restores and strengthens your skin’s delicate moisture barrier, all while protecting against the sun’s harmful rays. It staves off UVA and UVB rays like a dream, but that doesn’t stop us from wearing this inside, in the middle of winter.