If you’re a staunch skincare enthusiast, you’re already well aware of just how essential applying your SPF each and every day (regardless of the weather and even if you’ll be indoors most of the day) is for preventing premature signs of aging caused by the sun, and more importantly, preventing skin cancer. While facial sunscreen should most definitely be the final step in your skincare routine, we often forget about protecting our lips. Sure, dry, chapped and peeling lips are anything but desirable, but your lips can also suffer from being exposed to UV rays without a solid shield. In fact, the skin on the lips is actually even more delicate than the skin on our face, making the area extra susceptible to photoaging (i.e. fine lines, loss of color, and reduced volume). To make matters worse, our lips also contain less protective pigment than other parts of the face body, making them extra susceptible to sun damage.

Sure, many lip balms are already infused with SPF 10 or so, but frankly, that doesn’t even come close to cutting it. Like your face, you really want to aim for a product that offers an SPF level of 30 or more. Naturally, you don’t want to slather on your face or body SPF onto your mouth—it won’t penetrate properly and will probably seep into your mouth throughout the day—-but, if you’re like me, you also don’t want to forgo your lipstick in favor of that unsightly, stark white stuff that surfers swear by. The good news? SPF formulas designed exclusively for lips exist, and they’re not chalky, greasy, or glaringly white. Keep scrolling to check out some of our favorite lip sunscreens that will keep your pout plump and youthful, without competing with your favorite lipstick.

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