Aside from feeling awful, dry, chapped lips are never a pretty sight!
What’s more, our lips are one of several areas dermatologists say are frequently missed or overlooked when it comes to SPF application, but they are very susceptible to sun damage. (For the record, the other areas we tend to forget are eyebrows, the front and back of ears and our scalp parting.)
With the use of a dedicated balm, lips will retain their moisture and remain protected from wind, heat and UV rays when you’re out and about.
A good lip balm should be rich in occlusive elements like plant butters, oils or waxes which seal in moisture so your lips don’t dry out, as well as contain broad-spectrum SPF.
What’s more, there are an increasing number of tinted options that give a touch of glossy, plumping colour along with protection, but not so much pigment that you need to use a mirror, so you’re good to apply – and reapply – on the go.
Here are some of our favourite SPF lip balms for a perfect pout all summer long: