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10 of the best SPF Lip Balms to see you through summer

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Image / Zimmermann
Keep your lips hydrated and plump in the sun with these protective lip balms.

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.

L-R: Natio Moisturising Lip Balm SPF50; Ultra Violette Sheen Screen SPF50 Lip Balm; Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF30; Coola Mineral Liplux SPF30

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.

Clear, matte stick balms are great for carrying during active outings like the beach or on the boat, and are great for guys too.

We’ve chosen  some of our favourite SPF lip balms for a perfect pout all summer long. Be sure to check the level of protection provided as they range from SPF15 to SPF 50+, and top up periodically to ensure your lips are well protected at all times.

L-R: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15; Airyday Lip Me Vanilla Dreamscreen SPF 50+; We are Feel Good inc. Kakadu Plum Lip Balm SPF50+; Breeze Balm Sunkissed Lip Balm SPF30+


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