Pucker Up + Protect With These SPF Packed Balms

By Becca Gregg

Each year, women spend millions of dollars protecting our sacred skin from sun damage. Sure, we slather sunscreen on our bodies, apply SPF-laced makeup to our faces and even apply sun protectant to our precious locks (when we’re feeling ambitious, that is). Despite all of the hard work in prepping to face the elements, more often than not, we overlook the one part of our body that’s the most susceptible to burning: our lips.

Aside from the obvious health dangers associated with sun burns, damaging UV rays can alter the amount of collagen in your lips, which in turn can reduce the plumpness, resilience and wrinkle-fighting abilities of your kisser. And, let’s be real here, what’s worse than chapped, painful, peeling lips? We can’t think of much.

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As Jennifer Taylor, founder of Smart Girls Who Surf, says, “Taking care of your lips should be a part of your daily routine.  Especially when doing outdoor activities.  Using a lip balm with at least an SPF 15 will keep the lips from burning and becoming chapped.” Despite whatever intentions you may have, though, we can’t fashionably recommend going out with white sunscreen slathered on your lips. Lucky for womankind, though, plenty of our favorite cosmetic brands are catching on and developing SPF-laden lip balms, treatments and even full on lip sticks that will not only enhance your pout, but also protect so that you’re not left pouting from pain at the end of your beach day. (We couldn’t resist the bad pun).

With the thousands of new lip protectants on store shelves today, sun-loving ladies might not know where to begin. To get you started, we rounded up our favorite balms, butters and tints, all of which are loaded with SPF and all of which will enhance, beautify and protect your lips.

You’ll be blowing a kiss goodbye to chapped lips in no time.

Our picks:

The word that comes to our mind when using this sheer lip treatment? Perfect. Smashbox sure got it right with its sheer, tinted color and smooth glide-on feeling. Hours after application, our lips still feel baby soft and smell delish.
Smashbox Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15, $13.50 at amazon.com.

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Seeking intense, super-cheap protection that helps our lips to remain full and youthful looking? Ok, we may be asking for a lot on that one. But True Blue Spa’s Watch Your Mouth SPF 45 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lip Balm delivers in every way. Better yet, you can snag it for only $5 at Bath and Body Works. Sweet smelling protection for a sweet deal? Count us in.
True Blue Spa Watch Your Mouth SPF 45 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lip Balm, $5 at bathandbodyworks.com.

If you’re anything like us, you’re a sucker for scents. Kiss My Face SPF 15 contains organic ingredients and delivers a punch equal to other lip protectants. Choose your favorite flavor from seven deliciously smooth choices. Our picks? Tree Mint and Ginger Mango.
Kiss My Face SPF 15 in Treat Mint or Ginger Mango SPF 15, $3.49 at kissmyface.com.

Planning to be a beach bunny for a few more weeks? Smart Girls Who Surf SPF 15 Lip Balm is water-resistant, chemical free and loaded with antioxidants. Plus, doesn’t the name just make you feel like the hip surfer girl you’ve always wanted to be? (Ladies who hate the beach, ignore).
Smart Girls Who Surf SPF 15 Lip Balm, $3.99 at smartgirlswhosurf.com.

Shea butter, cocoa butter, kokum and illipe? We feel exotic just thinking about it. Lavanila Laboratories Pure Vanilla Healthy Lip Butter SPF 15 will leave your lips feeling as refreshed and rejuvenated as if they’d just returned from an island getaway. (We wish).
Lavanila Laboratories Pure Vanilla Healthy Lip Butter SPF 15, $16 at sephora.com

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