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Remember how there used to be, like, two lip sunscreens on the market? And those were both made with petrolatum and nasty artificial flavor? Well, not anymore. SPF for lips is a big deal and you can take your pick from our list. All nontoxic and good for you.
Didn’t know you should be protecting your kisser from UV rays? For sure! Lips can get burned. Like red, puffed up, swollen-bigger-than-Angelina’s burned.
We know UV damage can lead to things like skin cancer. But we also want to avoid brown spots and fine lines around our pout. But even the highest SPF won’t help if it’s not on your lips.
A study shows that 63 percent of sunscreen users fail to protect their lips. The skin on our lips is thinner and more delicate than other areas of the face, so it definitely requires effective sunscreen. We know that mineral sunscreen is not only safer for our health, but better at protecting against both UVA and UVB rays. And, as with all sunscreen, don’t forget to reapply.
Following is our list of the cream of the crop in lip sunscreen. No chemicals or junky stuff, just pure mineral sunscreen and healthy ingredients, like plant oils, butters, and fruit extracts. Hydration and protection in one. And yes, you can wear them under your favorite lipgloss or lipstick.
The only problem? You are going to want them all.
8 Best Natural Lip Sunscreens for Summer
1. Gosling’s Chop Saver – The Healer
Created by professional trumpet player, Dan Gosling, as a soothing arnica lip treatment. Not only do musicians all over the world love this healing balm to stave off chapping, but it has mineral SPF protection too. Goes on nice and smooth with a mild orange flavor. This product has staying power and lasts a long time on lips. SPF 15, $3.85
2. All Good Lips – Softening Protection
A smooth, creamy dream to apply, All Good Lips come in a wide variety of flavors you are going to love. Non-greasy, but soft and hydrating, these little babies are colorless on lips. Made with Certified Organic ingredients, including super rich extra virgin olive oil. Included in EWG Lip Balms with SPF list 2015, SPF 15, $2.79
3. Eco Lips – Staying Power
This one does look slightly white on lips, but in a ‘70s vibe, feel-good summer sort of way. The best part? It lasts a super long time on lips, which is saying something in summer heat. Made with cocoa butter to glide onto lips, this balm contains healthy plant oils of avocado, sunflower, and red raspberry (which has natural sun protection). Choose from berry, vanilla, and mint flavors. SPF 15, $2.78
4. Badger Sunscreen Lip Balm, SPF 15 – Great for Kids + Life Guards
For the ultimate in staying power, try this life guard-worthy sun protection for lips. Made with healthy butters and oils to keep delicate skin hydrated, it is flavor-free. Also great for little lips. SPF 15, $2.97
5. Ilia Beauty Balmy Rays Lip Conditioner SPF 15 – Uptown Balm
Who says lip balm can’t be sexy? ILIA has created the luxe balm you are looking for with added mineral UV protection. This is the same formula as the brand’s Balmy Days lip balm, made with hydrating plant and fruit oils. Goes on clear, and keeps lips soft and supple. SPF 15, $26
6. Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizer - Naturally Clear – Fruity Flavor
A clear lip SPF made with sunflower and coconut oils. How summery, right? Well, this one also includes passion fruit and mango essence. Yum! Give lips a fruity punch of protection. An added bonus of antioxidant ingredients, like organic blueberry, help to keep your pucker looking youthful. SPF 8, $4
7. ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 – With Color
So you want some color with your lip SPF, huh? You’ve got it! ILIA serves up sun protection in its conditioning lipstick formula. Rich mineral pigments offer a sheer, summery wash of color to your pucker. Antioxidant oils of avocado, cranberry, and passionflower lend anti-aging protection. Choose from two colors. Bombora is a coral-red hue, and Kokomo is a dusty mauve. SPF 15, $26
8. True Natural Lip Balm SPF 30 – The Athlete
You those people who aren’t about lounging poolside or kicking their feet up at the beach? They have to be moving, climbing, running, going. This is the lip protection for them. True Natural kicks the UV protection up a notch to SPF 30 in this high performance, non-whitening sunscreen lip balm. It is hydrating and lasts a long time on lips. Aloe and vitamin E makes sure it is gentle too. SPF 30, $6.99
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