Lip balms are the gateway into makeup addiction. Before our collections of lipsticks and eye shadow palettes took over our bathrooms, everyone was stockpiling lip balms. It's pretty understandable, given that you can never make your way through all the flavours on offer (although it's well worth a try). Plus, once you get enviably soft lips, you just can't get enough.
Lip balms are these portable pots of comfort that you get immediate hydration from, especially when you're on the move. There's one ingredient that can really elevate your lip balm game, though, and that's SPF. We're diligent with our sunscreen regimen, but our lips can really take a bruising from the sun, as the skin there is so thin. Which is why we've found the best lip balms with SPF for you.
L'Occitane's balm has it all—hydration, courtesy of waxes, a peachy tint and SPF 25. It finishes off an everyday makeup look just as well as any lipstick, so you'll enjoy (rather than resent) wearing it.
Baume de Rose changed the lip balm game forever and By Terry has taken it further by putting all of that goodness into an easy on-the-go tube. Add in some SPF 15 and this is perfect for touch-ups.
You really can't beat a throwback twist-up balm. Coola's has a blend of nourishing fruit butters that make chapped lips a distant memory.
This is the superwoman of lip balms, and there's really nothing it won't tackle. With a high SPF, you're more than covered, but it also boasts the nourishing trio of hyaluronic acid, marine collagen and sea buckthorn berry extract.
Ultrasun's ultimate lip protector will be a staple in your travel kit regardless of where you're heading. It keeps lips hydrated and shielded from environmental factors to avoid damage and dryness.
Sometimes you just need a little more, and Laura Mercier's balm is ideal for when you can't handle the idea of not having a lipstick. It's great on its own but also works as an overcoat for your lipstick for extra sun protection.
Our lips will be forever indebted to Carmex and its ability to smooth and heal sore and cracked lips. This handy tube saves you from the double dip you get from the tub and adds a creamy hint of vanilla too.
The tin alone is worth the purchase, but we're really impressed by what's inside. Bobbi Brown's balm is packed with the moisturising oils of avocado, olive and wheatgerm, which will add comfort when your lips need some TLC.
A drugstore fave, and for good reason, as Maybelline wasn't lying when it named this product Baby Lips. That's exactly what you get from this bright tube; it'll be your loyal companion all summer.
The downfall of public lip balm application is that the packaging doesn't always fill your heart with the same joy as a sleek lipstick does. This one by Kiehl's is certainly one that deserves to be showed off. Its buttery formula will also have your lips feeling plump and conditioned.
Elizabeth Arden's classic Eight Hour Cream is such a ride or die kind of product. Luckily for us, it also comes in the form of a rather handy lip balm that protects against UVA and UVB rays, too. The love affair continues.
When you catch sight of this signature sphere, you know smoother-than-smooth lips are headed your way. EOS's zingy grapefruit balm with SPF 30 is everything you need for incredible lips. ■
Stash one of these balms in every bag you own to keep your lips protected and looking their best at all times.