My lips have an annoying tendency to peel off. I don’t know if my anti-aging face creams are migrating to my mouth when I sleep and sloughing off the sensitive layers or what, but my lips always feel dry, no matter how much Vaseline or lip balm I slather on before bed. And ever since I went bicoastal and started spending more of my time in sunny Los Angeles, I’m more worried about sun damage than ever. I slather SPF 50 sunscreen on my face every day, but what about my lips? A mottled and wrinkly mouth seriously isn’t sexy, but SPF lip balms are often thick and pasty, leaving a weird white residue that makes me want to lick, rub, and peel my lips even more. After a long, exhaustive search, I finally found these awesome, sunscreen-loaded lip balms that glide on smoothly, have a little shine (but don’t feel too sticky), and most importantly, moisturize.
Kaplan M.D. Lip 20 Ultra Hydrating Treatment Balm: Free of parabens, petrolatum, castor oil, and BPA, this clear treatment is my newest fave. It goes on like a gloss and contains marine collagen and peptides to plump and repair. Leave it to a Beverly Hills dermatologist to finally get it right when it comes to anti-aging lip care!
Supergoop! SPF 30 Mint Fusion Lip Balm: Packed with shea butter for moisture and antioxidant vitamins A and C, this is another clear balm that feels like a gloss. The highest SPF of the bunch, this minty balm lives in my car at all times.
Hawaiian Tropic SPF 20 Aloha Kiss Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Island Berry: I’ve been using this deliciously sweet and fruity-tasting gloss for years, but it’s notoriously hard to find. Drugstores usually only stock it during the summer months, so I pick it up whenever I see it for sale (usually when I’m in Hawaii on vacation—at the Long’s drugstore at the Ala Moana mall). It has a sheer raspberry tint that ends up being my default summer lip color—pretty, but not too pink.