Tested on animals:No
Lip balms with sunscreen can be tricky—the most significant challenge in shopping for one being that so many have undesirable aesthetics (or do a poor job of moisturizing lips). Paula's Choice LIPSCREEN SPF 50 is one of the better choices available due to its mix of rich emollients, fragrance-free formula and clear (non-whitening) finish.
While we're on the topic its finish, LIPSCREEN SPF 50 relies on the non-mineral mix of avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene and homosalate to provide both UVA & UVB protection. As it's a non-mineral formula, it has no white cast and doesn't leave an unpleasant texture on lips. (Because have you tried applying lip color over a streaky, pasty mineral-only lip balm sunscreen?)
It doesn't have a flavor, either, which is another bonus and distinguishing trait not often shared by lip sunscreen formulas. And yes, this wears well under most types of lip colors—though it will reduce the tenacity of long-wearing or matte lipsticks.
Packaged in a traditional twist up tube, Paula's Choice added multiple non-fragrant plant oils, olive, soybean and jojoba, along with plant butters and other emollients. There are even a few antioxidants, too. This combination of moisturizing and replenishing ingredients helps keep lips smooth.
Surprisingly few lip balms + sunscreen have the pros of Paula's Choice LIPSCREEN SPF 50, which is why it earned our highest rating. From its mix of beneficial ingredients, pleasant finish on lips, broad-spectrum SPF 50 rating and reasonable price, it's one to consider to help keep this often ignored skin protected.
- Fragrance free.
- Contains a blend of emollients and antioxidants.
- Non-mineral broad-spectrum SPF 50 formula.