The Best Lip Balms With SPF — and Why You Need One
Whether we are packing our duffels for a trip to the beach or heading out for a jog on a cloudy day, POPSUGAR editors and dermatologists alike will urge you to slather on the sunscreen (on every part of your body — and that includes your lips) before heading out. SPF protects the skin from UVA and UVB damage that comes from the sun's rays, which can lead to changes in your complexion such as spots, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and skin cancer.
It's worth readdressing: Your lips need protection as well. Even though it can be hard to remember, your skin there is more delicate compared to other parts of your body. "Without SPF, you can develop skin cancers and precancers on the lip," said dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, MD. "It is more common than you think and presents as a scaly area on the lips or as constant dry lips that don't get better with other treatments." Sun exposure can also cause chapped lips, cracked skin, and general dryness in the area.
It's important to reapply — and often — as sweeping on an SPF balm won't protect you for the entire day. Mariwalla recommends doing so every two hours: "Like other sunscreen, they are self-consuming — meaning that the minute you put it on, it starts working. So the time it lasts really starts from the minute it is applied." Think SPF lip balms taste like sunscreen? That's fair, but trust us, they can taste like coconuts or fresh fruit. You don't have to worry about any of our picks not tasting great. Ahead, see our favorite SPF lip balms.
— Additional reporting by Jesa Marie Calaor
Best All-Weather Lip Balm With SPF
The Burt's Bees SPF 15 All-Weather Moisturizing Lip Balm will protect your lips no matter what the weather brings. Hot, cold, sunny, or snowy, this product has you covered.
Best Dermatologist-Recommended Lip Balm With SPF
Dermatologist-loved, this lip balm protects and hydrates no matter the occasion. Made with zinc oxide to protect the lips and glycerin to help lips retain moisture.
Best Priming Lip Balm With SPF
This Nudestix lip balm is perfect for everyday wear. It primes lips for makeup or lipstick, and it keeps things in place for hours at a time.
Best Moisturizing Lip Balm With SPF
This Jack Black lip balm is a favorite among editors for a reason. It comes in an array of different flavors (all as good as the next), it's great for sensitive skin, and it protects lips from sun damage. Plus, it has over 15,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Best Repairing Lip Balm With SPF
Aquaphor is a cult-classic, and now your favorite hydrator comes packed with SPF. You can head out into the sunshine with your mind at ease knowing your lips will stay moisturized and protected for hours.
Best Multipurpose Lip Balm With SPF
Not only does this lip balm have SPF 50, but it can also be used as a cheek tint. We love a product that does double duty.
Best Budget Lip Balm With SPF
If you're looking for an affordable lip balm complete with SPF, look no further than Palmer's Cocoa Butter Lip Balm SPF 15. The product is only $2, but will keep your lips hydrated, smooth, and protected from the sun's harmful rays.
Best Plumping Lip Balm With SPF
If you're searching for a product that can do triple duty, you're going to want to check out this one. The Dr. Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty Platinum Lip Plump SPF 30 not only protects your lips from the sun, but it also temporarily plumps the lips. Plus, it has a glossy finish that's perfect for wearing out.
Best Tinted Lip Balm With SPF
If you're looking for a tinted lip balm with major color payoff, this is the product for you. It comes in four shades, each one better than the next, and it offers SPF 30.
Best Waterproof Lip Balm With SPF
Supergoop Play Lip Shield SPF 30 ($30 for three)
If you're going to be in the water or sweating while out in the sun, it's best to grab a product that'll last you all day, and the Supergoop Lip Shield does exactly that. It's SPF 30, but it's also water- and sweat-resistant for up to 80 minutes.