The Ultimate Guide to SPF Lip Products

by Carla Horvath

When it comes to beauty, prevention is always the golden rule. The skin on your lips is exceptionally sensitive to UV and can easily be sunburned making them chapped or flaky. So no matter what time of year it is, applying a good lip product with SPF should be a part of your daily routine.

The Ultimate Guide to SPF Lip Products

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Fortunately there are a lot of products to sift through for all occasions and concerns so we have put together the top 8 SPF lip products.


A cult classic (and Oprah approved) Paula’s Choice lip gloss is pumped with antioxidants and is SPF 40 which makes this an anti-ageing formula for everyday use. It comes in a clear shine for those of us who are addicted to a lipstick shade that doesn’t come with SPF protection or sheer pink for a natural looking tint.

For another gloss that packs a punch, Lanolips Ointment in Apples is highly pigmented, rich in medical-grade lanolin, vitamin e and other essential oils for a high gloss finish with SPF 15 protection.


For the girl who always wants a dash of colour, lipsticks with SPF are perfect for a sunny destination wedding, day at the races or hanging in the beer garden. Cancer Council Australia’s skincare expert Lauren Burton recommends reapplying every two hours but also after meal or coffee to make sure you are getting adequate coverage.

Cancer Council Australia has a range of nine shades of lipsticks with SPF 30 and a nourishing formula of Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.

A sheer everyday lipstick that doesn’t stain your lips is hard to come by. Thankfully Clinique has come to the rescue with 8 shades of wearable colours that protect your pout with SPF 15. The finish is glossy but sheer and is a must-have for any sunny climate.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Radiant Lipstick is a long-lasting formula that comes in 9 beautiful shades. The texture is light but don’t let that fool you! The colour is highly pigmented with a glossy finish and SPF 15! If you are lipstick obsessed this is a must-have that is worth the price tag.


And for those of us girls whose boyfriend is always using our products, pop an all-rounder in your handbag like Nivea’s Sun Protect Lip Balm. After all our lips don’t have sweat or oil glands nor a protective layer like the rest of our skin. Nivea’s skincare expert Robyn Hutch explains that the sun, heat and dryness from air conditioners zap our lips of moisture so it’s best to keep an everyday lip balm in close reach.

For the cold sore prone, ViraproX is formulated specifically to reduce discomfort but also prevent lips from future breakouts. This thick textured balm should be used everyday as UV rays are a major trigger for cold sores (as is stress & fatigue!).

Clarins Moisture Replenish is the best balm for the “serious about skincare” crowd as it’s packed with hyaluronic acid and ceramide 3. Both of these top-notch ingredients will bring your lips back to life.

Whatever product you use, the most important aspect is that it has sun protection!


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