Lip Sunscreens Are the Under-the-Radar Product You Didn't Know You Needed

Updated 07/26/18

If you're one of those people who applies sunscreen every day, rain or shine, winter or summer—congratulations, you're doing it right. Adequate SPF protection year-round is one of the most important parts of your skincare routine, both in terms of preventing skin cancer and slowing down the signs of aging. But even the biggest sunscreen fiends among us are probably forgetting to protect their lips on a regular basis. And that's bad news because your lips need sun protection too.

We've rounded up our favorite lip sunscreens—whether you prefer a tinted balm or a no-frills waterproof one, there's an option for everyone. Shop our lip sunscreen picks below.

Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 Sugar Petal Tinted 0.15 oz
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 $24
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This Fresh lip treatment is a classic for a reason: The colors are perfectly sheer, the formula is moisturizing, and it has a solid SPF. 

1851 Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25 Touch of Berry 0.14 oz/ 4 g
Kiehl's 1851 Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 25 Touch of Berry $20 $19
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This coconut oil–infused balm also boasts an SPF 25. 

Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 $4
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A no-frills option that's hydrating and long-lasting. 

Sun + Lipcare SPF 30 Mineral Color Lip Balm
Pacifica Sun + Lipcare SPF 30 Mineral Color Lip Balm $5
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The water-resistant SPF formula and pretty tint of this balm make it perfect for beachy occasions. 

Avail SPF 30 Lip Balm
Aesop Avail SPF 30 Lip Balm $25
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We never met an Aesop product we didn't like—the brand is known for its luxe botanical formulas—and this lip sunscreen is no exception. 

Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 35 0.14 oz
Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 35 $24
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We're in love with the nonsticky formula of this clear SPF-infused balm. 

Elta MD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 31 $10
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The water-resistant, hydrating formula feels like a dream on chapped lips. However, it does have a slightly sunscreen-y taste. Not a dealbreaker, but just FYI.

Liplux SPF 30 0.15 oz/ 4.2 g
Coola Liplux SPF 30 $12
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In addition to SPF, the formula of this balm is packed with nourishing antioxidants and fruit butters.

Lip Repair + Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $4 $3
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Shea butter plus SPF 30 make this under-$5 buy a hydrating, sun-protecting win.

Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen Targeted Protection Stick
Clinique Sun Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen Targeted Protection Stick $22
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This balm can be used to give extra sun protection to your lips, under your eyes, and on your earlobes (aka places you typically forget to apply sunscreen).

Seraphine Botanicals Tinted Rose Balm $26
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While it doesn't boast as high of an SPF as the others (it clocks in at SPF 6), it is full of free radical–fighting antioxidants.

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