Just as it's essential to apply SPF on your hands, feet, ears, nose, and any other part of the body that's perhaps less obvious, so too goes the rule for your lips. Because yes, just like other exposed parts of the face, your lips are just as easily susceptible to painful burns, sun damage, and even skin cancer.
Luckily, all of our favorite skincare and lip balm brands are consistently launching protection- and prevention-focused sticks and tubes loaded with SPF-enriched formulas. From smoothing organic lip balms with skin-loving conditioning ingredients to SPF-spiked lip elixirs paired with cutting-edge plumping technology, we found 15 of the best lip balms with SPF to suit every kind of lip balm wearer. Keep scrolling to shop all of our top picks. (And if you're lip balm–obsessed like we are, you'll probably want one of each.)
Best Reef-Safe: Supergoop! Play Lip Balm SPF 30 With Açaí
My beauty cohort Courtney Higgs and I both fangirl over Fresh's assortment of lip goodies. As far as lip balms with SPF, this formula is one of the best. (Especially if you love choosing from an array of stunning tints.)
Coola makes some of our favorite sunscreen formulas on the beauty market, and if you're after a truly fab organic option, we can't recommend this luxurious balm enough. There is a non-tinted version, but we love the way the pretty hues complement lip-enhancing ingredients like organic cupuaçu butter and mongongo oil.
For anyone shopping for lip balm boasting an SPF of 50+, we suggest this innovative formula from the sunscreen goddesses at Colorescience. It utilizes zinc and titanium oxide to provide your pout with 100% mineral protection from UVA/UVB. It's also oil-free, hypoallergenic, and noncomedogenic, which makes it perfect for anyone with acne-prone or sensitive skin.
Best Drugstore Find: Aquaphor Lip Protectant and Sunscreen Ointment
This cult-classic tube is proof that you need not spend a fortune to treat your lips to a truly fab dose of sun protection. Aquaphor is a staple brand among makeup artists and beauty editors alike, and this top-notch balm provides instant relief and protection in one fell swoop. (Plus, it's less than your latte order.)
I've kept this OG water-resistant lip balm in my stash since high school. It's natural, infused with zinc oxide, and works great on its own or as a primer pre-gloss or -lipstick. Due to the non-tinted zinc oxide formula, it does neutralize and take down the natural pigment of your lips a little bit (an effect I actually don't mind). I also appreciate you can buy it as a handy two-pack on Amazon.
Trust us—it doesn't get chicer than Clé de Peau Beauté's stick of SPF if you're on the hunt for your next summer lip hero. Your lips are left with a velvety-smooth finish, protection from broad-spectrum SPF 30, and a full tank of long-lasting hydration.
Best Summery Scent: Sol de Janeiro My Sol Stick SPF 50
This multipurpose stick of SPF from Sol de Janeiro instantly drenches chapped lips (or your face and body) with the smell of summer and high-dose protection from damaging rays. It features broad-spectrum SPF 50, UVA/UVB protection, and 80 minutes of water-resistant wear. And back to that intoxicating summer scent—it's the brand's signature Brazilian desert-inspired fragrance, Doce de Leite, reminiscent of toasty sugar, crema de caramel, and vanilla bean.
Best for Plumping: Dr. Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty Platinum Lip Plump SPF 30
True story: This potent plumping elixir (the creation of celebrity NYC plastic surgeon Lara Devgan) has been one of the best additions to my beauty routine this year. The fact that it's one of the best lip plumpers I've ever tried (the results are jaw-dropping) and it's boosted with SPF 30? Such a win-win.
There are so many amazing things to love about this best-selling lip balm from Jack Black. (Psst, it has over 3.3K reviews on Sephora and an average 4.7-star rating.) First and foremost, it shields your lips from sun damage with SPF 25. Second, it's brimming with strategic conditioning agents like shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E, and green tea extract. And third, it's available in an array of dreamy scent formulas. The $8 price tag isn't a bad deal, either.
Best for a Super-Smooth Finish: Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30
What's more tempting than a product called Butterstick? True to the tantalizing name, this buttery lip-conditioning stick from Kiehl's is a best seller for a reason. Of course, the nutritional panel doesn't actually include butter—instead, the slick and dreamy nature of this balm is thanks to additions like Fair-Trade coconut oil and lemon butter, which is carefully extracted from the fruit's peel. I have the original formula, and now have my eye on the gorgeous range of tinted options.
Best Before Lipstick: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sunscreen SPF 15
Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour collection is beloved for its long-lasting hydration perks, and this lip version is no different. In addition to providing your pout with a surge of resilience from sun damage, it also offers instantaneous relief for cracked, ultra-dry lips.
Expertly formulated with marine collagen and plumpness-enhancing polypeptides, this SPF lip balm from darkhorse brand Image Skincare is all about prevention and protection. Expect smooth, satiated lips in the short-term and a healthier, plumper pout in the long-term.
This top-rated option from Cotz is another great pick if you prioritize mineral sunscreen. It features zinc oxide and a hefty dose of SPF 45. Oh, and we're not the only ones who deem it one of the best sticks on the market—it has a solid five-star rating on Dermstore's website with over 70 reviews.
This trio of lip balms has a comparably smaller dose of sun protection per tube (at SPF 8), but we love how calming the mix of organic ingredients feels atop our lips and appreciate the two tinted tones that come along with the go-with-anything clear.