Are your lips sunburnt, dried out, or chapped? Your first move is probably to reach for some lip balm. But be aware that not all balms are created equal - some will get you way more bang for your buck. To get the lowdown on which products work and which don’t, we consulted Ron Robinson
, cosmetic chemist, resident beauty expert for Allure, and founder of beautystat.com
. Here are his tips for picking out the best lip product:
- Great moisturizing products include emollients like wax, oils and butters - for example, olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter.
- To protect lips from the sun, pick a balm with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection of SPF 15 or higher when you’re spending time outside.
- Avoid potentially aggravating additives like artificial flavors, colors, and fragrances, especially if you have sensitive skin. Instead look for natural and organic ingredients.
Here are some expert-approved lip balms we love:
Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm in Lemon Drop
($3.29) - This lip balm contains all-natural ingredients including moisturizing shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E, plus SPF 15. While the beauty benefits are great, we also love the super cute packaging!
Burt’s Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm
($2.99 at smallflower.com
) - We’ve always loved Burt’s Bees products because they are so affordable and effective, and the rejuvenating lip balm is no exception. It contains several vitamins and omega oils to keep lips moisturized and nourished.
Boots Botanics Organic Lip Balm
($6.99 at beauty.com
) - this rich, velvety balm keeps lips moisturized and conditioned with shea butter, beeswax, and olive oil. The tube format is convenient for those who don’t like to use balm sticks or use their fingers to apply balm from a tub.
Too Faced Love Lisa SPF Lip Balm
($16 at skinstore.com
) - This product is a splurge, but one you can feel good about, since a portion from the sales go to the Too Faced Love Lisa Melanoma Reasarch Foundation Grant. The balm contains an SPF of 15 and moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, almond oil, and apricot oil. It is also colorless, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin.