Winter’s typically known for being chapped lip season, but that doesn’t mean you’re home free once the temperature bumps up. Summer has its own potential for drying out lips with heightened sun exposure and scorching temperatures. Any beauty junkie worth her salt knows not to skimp on a lip treatment, but you may not know what to look for. Be choosy about what goes into your lip treatment and you’ll enjoy soft lips all summer long.
Sun protection is crucial in summer, as anyone who’s ever had sunburnt lips will tell you. An SPF 15 is better than nothing and should be fine if you apply lip balm frequently. When in doubt, bump up your coverage to SPF 30.
Try Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $7. It’s made with all-natural ingredients and has higher-than-average SPF coverage.
It seems like a no-brainer, but not all lip treatments are created equal. Look for added moisture all-stars like shea butter and vitamin E.
Try Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment, $18, which is also formulated with argan oil, a natural moisturizer that helps to repair and regenerate skin cells.
Unless you have chronically severe chapped lips (and so need a stronger, medicated balm), why not try an environmentally-friendly balm? There’s a wide variety of all-natural balms on the market now. The fewer chemicals, the better.
Try Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster, $24. It’s made from all-natural ingredients with a hint of shimmer and comes in different tints.
A Little Treat
A good lip treatment doesn’t have to be boring. Look for fun scents, flavours and colours to spice up your balm.
Try Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment, $22. It’s got the whole package: SPF 15, all-natural ingredients, killer moisturizers and antioxidants and comes in a variety of shades and flavours.