Hot Lips, Sun Care - June 9th, 2009
Last summer I had a hard time finding a lip balm with a mineral sunscreen. This summer, it’s a different story! Hooray! Here’s a rundown of what I’ve tried.
I did buy the Badger Balm SPF 15, and while I usually love all things Badger, I didn’t really love this lip balm. Mostly, I found the taste to be really odd, and it has a stronger whitening effect (from the zinc oxide) than others. It’s also a bit on the dry side, not quite as moisturizing as I’d like. However, it’ll get the job done and SPF 15 is good protection. It’s also a very good budget price.
Tarte’s 24.7 lip sheers remain my favorite tinted lip balm with sunscreen – the color range is the best! They are also super-creamy and pretty long-lasting. Two thumbs up! At $14 each, not a cheap thrill, but worth it in my opinion. They are also an SPF 15.
For a more budget-friendly option in a tinted lip balm with sunscreen (SPF 8), check out Alba Botanica Terra Tints. The colors are quite bright, but the formula is smooth and these are definitely budget-friendly. Bloom is my favorite color.
Burt’s Bees has an SPF 8 lip balm that I’m liking a lot. It tastes better than Badger, although the protection is less. I think anyone looking for a basic mineral-based sunscreen will find this one perfectly acceptable, widely available (since I see Burt’s Bees products all over the place now), and very budget-friendly. I give it one thumb up (not two, only because I wish it was SPF 15).
Last of all, hands down my favorite lip balm of the summer: Beyond Coastal SPF 15 Active Daily Lip Balm. This lip balm is super smooth, yummy tasting, spf 15 in a big tube at a budget price. What’s not to love?? I got it at my local New Seasons Market, and my tube is a larger .25 oz than the one at the link.
Don’t leave home without sunscreen for your lips this summer! Keep them soft and proetct them at the same time with one of these sunscreen lip balms.