Tested on animals:Yes
Nivea's a brand that has a large amount of products designed to soften lips, but A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15 is among its best options. Thanks to a formula that protects and soothes lips, this earns our highest rating on Beautypedia.
A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15 comes is a standard semi-solid lip balm in a twist-up tube. Though it does contain some fragrance, the amount is minimal (it's the last ingredient on the list) and isn't likely to cause irritation.
The real strength of this lip balm is in its SPF, which is provided by an in-part avobenzone formula. That means it's broad-spectrum, protecting lips from both the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Though we recommend SPF 30 or higher for facial products (because most people don't apply them liberally enough to get full sun protection with a lower SPF), this gets high marks for its SPF 15 rating because it can be applied liberally and frequently, and at this price, it likely will be!
The rest of A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15's ingredients are made up of proven emollients like castor oil, glycerin, and shea butter. We would have like to have seen a greater range of skin-conditioning and anti-irritant ingredients included, along with more antioxidants to boost the sun protection.
As it stands, though, A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15 is a good and inexpensive way to moisturize and protect lips, and one we recommend!
- Provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Contains a number of emollients that will make lips feel softer and smoother.
- Contains a small amount of fragrance.