Our Favorite EWG Top-Rated Lip Balms with SPF

I recently talked to you a bit about sun safety and sunscreens, and I want to follow up on that with a chat about an area of our body that’s often left neglected when it comes to protection:

Lips.

For a long time, I ignored my lips. Not on purpose; they just didn’t automatically register when people talked about sun damage or aging. I thought about my skin in general, the developing wrinkles around my eyes, and even constant eye protection in the form of sunglasses, but for some reason, my lips held a low priority. It’s ironic, really, considering how much complaining I’ve done over the years about chapped lips. Go figure.

Lips
Anyway, the older (and hopefully wiser) I get, it’s finally starting to sink in that lips need just as much care and attention as any other body part, and I’m trying my best to make up for lost time.

Like many beauty and personal care products, lip balm can be good and bad (very, very bad). It’s one of those things that often comes loaded with terrible ingredients and fragrances that can cause anything from mild irritation to a worst case scenario I don’t even want to think about. The bottom line is this: if it’s going onto your lips, then it’s going into your mouth, which means it’s going into your body. So when I choose a lip product, I’m very picky.

Our Favorite EWG Top-Rated Lip Balms with SPF

In my sunscreen post, I mentioned that the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Skin Deep research webpage offers ratings on health and beauty products, and I’ve been searching their databases to track down the best and safest lip balms on the market. Products are rated on a scale of 1 (best) to 10 (worst). To save you some time, I thought I would share some of my favorite finds; because I value safe products above all, I’m sticking solely with those balms that have a 1 or 2 rating. I know lip balm preferences can vary greatly, so I’m including those that come in tubes and stick form, as well as those that come in tins and are applied with your finger.

All Good

  • Coconut Lip Balm. All Good Coconut Lip Balm SPF 20This has SPF 20 with 8% Zinc Oxide for a little more sun protection. The Coconut feels so amazing when you apply it, almost like it’s caressing your lips. There’s no sticky reside, and it keeps your lips soft, but it does seem to leave a faint white sheen to your lips. It’s hardly noticeable, and I honestly think that once you feel this on your lips, you’ll be hooked. The coconut fragrance is just right too–subtle but delicious. EWG rating:  2.
  • Original Lip Balm. All Good Original Lip Balm SPF 15It’s a modest SPF 15 with 3.5% Zinc Oxide and contains organic ingredients such as organic calendula, lavendar, and beeswax. This balm gives your lips a nice coating that’s slightly thick and slightly waxy, yet it doesn’t feel heavy. I find I don’t have to reapply this as often as other lip balms, which is great because I’m terrible at remembering to reapply. This one is my favorite for offering protection from the sun and also from the wind, and I can see it being my go-to for those occasional winter moments when I feel like my lips need a little something extra.  Their SPF 15 is also available in other flavors, including Tangerine, Spearmint and Chai.  I didn’t see any of these on EWG’s site, but based on the ingredients listings, I feel good about them.

All Terrain Lip ArmorAll Terrain Lip Armor SPF 28This lip protector and healing balm has 22.5% Zinc Oxide and weighs in at an impressive SPF 28.  The texture is slightly gritty in comparison to the others, but it feels very light and comfortable on the lips.  It contains jojoba oil, which I personally believe is a magical miracle oil that has the power to do amazing things for your skin, including making it feel hydrated even though it feels like you’re wearing nothing.  Peppermint oil gives it a pleasant tingly feeling and very subtle scent.  EWG rating:  1.

True Natural Lip Balm. True Natural Lip Balm SPF 30Like applying butter to your lips…if butter had SPF 30 from a combination of 8% Titanium Dioxide and 5% Zinc Oxide. And it’s not greasy either, it just applies so smoothly. Provides broad spectrum protection that’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes, so it’s perfect for throwing in your beach bag. Goes on clear, and shea butter leaves lips feeling moisturized.  EWG rating: 1.

Beyond Coastal.

  • Active Lip Balm.Beyond Coastal Active Lip Balm SPF 15This is the EWG’s top-rated non-mineral lip balm.  It has SPF 15, and its active ingredients are 3% Avobenzone, 7.5% Octinoxate, and 10% Octocrylene.   Aloe vera, shea butter, and vitamin E keep your lips feeling soft and soothed.  Easily glides onto the lips, and it looks totally clear.  Available in four flavors, including Mint Leaf, Vanilla Bean, Citrus Grove, and Cherry Blossom.  EWG rating:  1, except for Cherry Blossom, which gets a 2.
  • Natural Lip & Face ScreenBeyond Coastal Lip & Face Screen SPF 31As the name indicates, you can use this on both the lips and face.  It’s an SPF 31 with Titanium Dioxide 5% and Zinc Oxide 2.5%  as the active ingredients.  With water resistance for up to 40 minutes, it’s another great option for those with a more active lifestyle.  Its creaminess makes it easy to apply, and it doesn’t feel sticky or waxy.  I like to use a thick layer, so it does appear white at first, but that fades as it absorbs.  EWG rating:  1.

None of the products in this list are petroleum-based, nor do they contain ingredients you want to avoid in sunscreens, like oxybenzone, vitamin A, or parabens.  Aside from just knowing that they’re better for you, what I love about these is that when you wear them, it never tastes like you’re eating sunscreen.

Remember, your lips are thinner than most of the skin on your body, and protecting them is important.  According to SkinCancer.org, cumulative UV exposure is associated with up to 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers.  Everyone in my family has his/her own lip balm with SPF, and I keep extras in my purse and tote bags so we’re always ready for where ever our summer adventures take us!

 


About Denise

Denise is the owner of Game On Mom, a family-friendly blog. She is the mother of a 7-year-old boy and a 8-year-old girl, she eats too much pizza, and a tangled Slinky is no match for her.

Comments

  1. I am a lip balm addict. I especially love lip balm with SPF for summer use!

  2. I’ve been meaning to look for a safe sunscreen lip balm, but I just haven’t had time to research. Thanks for doing my work for me!

  3. I love lip balms, but hadn’t heard of most of these brands before. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I usually stick with unscented, but tangerine sounds kind of fun

  5. Lisa Collins says:

    I haven’t tried an SPF lip balm. I really need to because mine do get burnt!

  6. My youngest is a lip balm expert. Don’t know why the fascination, but I’ll have to ask here if she’s seen these.
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  7. Jenny Weber says:

    I’d never considered looking for a water resistant lip balm, but that’s what I need.

  8. bernardina sims says:

    My lips are always chapped! I am so going to try these, especially the one with spf!

  9. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Thanks for helping me save time searching for safe and effective lip balms. I think I would love to try the coconut lip balm. I really like anything coconut because I found it very effective as a moisturizer.

  10. Marti Tabora says:

    I would love to give the coconut lip balm a try, I really love coconut and there is nothing worse that sunburned lips.

  11. rochelle haynes says:

    Looking good love to try them

  12. With summer right around the corner your going to need them !

  13. Lesley F says:

    A lot of these are new to me. Will have to check them out

  14. Natalie says:

    I love that this both moisturizes your lips and protects them from the sun!

  15. Jessica W. says:

    I would love to try these. I always have some type of chapstick on me and just recently started buying products with SPF.

  16. desiree says:

    the lip gloss is great for all year round it dry here in mo and then the summer can be a monster

  17. DEBRA GIFFORD says:

    Like you, as I’m getting older at 58 my lips get chapped often. Then I have to use chapstick to heal them. I never even thought of using a lip balm for prevention of those chapped lips. I’ll be sure to get one of these products listed here. Thank you!

  18. carol clark says:

    sounds nice beyond coastel ive never heard of them i get bad chapped lips all year round my child has the same problem so this seems like this would help i like it

  19. I have been using ChapStick for YEARS, but am willing to try different brands. 😉
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  20. Richard Hicks says:

    WANT TO try some of these. SPF in it is a really good idea!

  21. I haven’t heard of these brands before! Thanks for sharing.
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  22. Jennifer H. says:

    I would like the coconut one.

  23. Stacey Roberson says:

    Never tried an SPF lip balm, but the coconut sounds awesome!