Anyone else suffer with dry lips in Summer? I knew it! When the warmer weather rolls around I always get drier and more sensitive lips. I like to switch from deep, vampy purples to brighter pinks and chalky purple lipsticks in Summer and the condition of my lips always lets me down. Particularly when I’m on vacation, I don’t know if it’s because I have lip filler but my lips always burn and end up peeling and sore which means when it comes to the evening, wearing lipstick dries them out even more. Uugghhhhh.
This year, to save me from tears, oh, no wait, that’s a Christmas song…
Ok, this year I’ve done my research and I’m prepared. I’m armed with a little secret – lip balm makes your lip burn in the sun! Who Knew?! So when you’re sunning it up in Ibiza with your lips slathered in Carmex, you’re actually heating them up and burning the surface skin which is what causes flakes, and those tiny but very annoying imperfections in your lipstick. To combat that, you need a lip product with SPF. The same way you cover your body in sun protection lotion, we need to protect our delicate lips – particularly if you have filler, and especially if you’ve had it topped up close to the time you’ll be travelling.
I’ve tried a few different products, each claim to do pretty much the same thing which is protect your lips from either “Intense Sun” or “City Sun” for a certain number of hours. They come in different formulations from creams to balms but the best thing I’ve found, it the traditional stick type. You can sense a top picks can’t you Voyeurs? Well it’s a very short one because after trying a whopping fourteen lip protection products, there are only two I’d recommend, with a little hack / bonus thrown in as number three…
Top 3 SPF Lip Protection Products
Primark Workout Lip Balm SPF 50+ £1.50
This is a wonder product. Billed as a workout lip balm it’s become an absolute hero product of mine. At £1.50 it’s an absolute no-brainer, I have 3 on the go at a time and I keep them everywhere, in my gym bag, in my handbag and in the glovebox. Try it & you’ll be converted – it’s a traditional stick balm, it’s non-greasy, non-sticky and is strong enough to fight off harmful rays from vacation strength sun. I use it every day but where it’s really shone is as a true SPF product – I’ve used it on our last few vacations and I top it up regularly throughout the day, it works an absolute treat. I actually discovered this product by accident after road testing another product and experiencing awful sunburn to my lips – it’s been one of my best ever accidental discoveries and I’ve converted so many people over to using it. Go buy it, for £1.50 you have no defence argument.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20+ £19
Now this exact product also comes in a stick, which I’ve used and I ended up with burned lips. it claims to be the same formulation but you can actually feel the stick version heating up if you’re out in the sun and you have it on your lips. This one worked better for me personally but it’s a way lower SPF to the one above so remember, re-application is king. Slather your lips in this every hour, if you’ve been in the water, or if you feel them heating up. This is really the ‘designer’ version for people too proud to use a Primark product.
Burt’s Bees Lipstick £9.99
Ok, now this one is not strictly a lip protection product but it’s way kinder to your lips than regular lipstick so if you’re suffering from dry lips then this is a safe bet. Think of this one as your lip aftersun product, so if you’ve been caning it at the beach and then have a big night out at Ushuaia, this is going to give you the same hit of colour as your regular lipstick, but with ten times the nourishment. There are (at the time of writing) 18 shades available and for a vacation I usually pack a nude, a red and a super deep purple. Not to be confused with the Burt’s Bees Lip Tints which are more sheer, these are a fully fledged lipstick. They look and feel the same as you regular Chanel lipstick but are 100% natural with no nasties, and give 8 hours of continuous moisture. Winning.
All of these products are super nourishing and really improve the quality and condition of your lips, they’re not just for vacation or Summer use, I use them all year round and have a bit of a ritual: I use the Primark Lip Balm all day everyday, it travels with me and I top it up throughout the day. The Elizabeth Arden balm is my intensive night product, I’ve probably used it now for ten years and i swear by it as an overnight lip mask. The Burt’s Bees lipsticks are relatively new to me and I had my concerns over whether they’d be bright enough but they really are. They have a satin sheen finish, they don’t slide and they feel like any other lipstick, but with added moisturising benefits.
Try them, let me know what you think, and yes, those are my lips in the lead image.