The 5 Lip Balms You Need in Your Bag This Summer
We find ourselves reaching for our tried-and-true lip balms no matter the season, but when the scorch of summer arrives, you better believe you won't catch us empty-handed. Chapped lips? Not us. Whether we’re at the beach, on a hike, or picnicking in the park, hydration and protection are always top of mind. When summer calls, we turn to formulas with moisturizing and soothing ingredients to keep us quenched, as well as SPF-packed versions to ensure we're shielded from the sun. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our favorite lip balms for summer, each of which has a place in our bags all season long. These balms not only address our lip care concerns, they also look and feel glorious doing it. Have a browse and try them out: Whether you’re traveling, lounging by the pool, or adventuring outdoors, these moisturizing, comfortable-to-wear formulas will keep you cool and collected—no matter how high the temps may climb.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
Why we love it: This is billed as an intense overnight moisturizer (hence the name “lip mask”), but the formula is also comfortable enough to wear all day. It’s like magic: Just apply, let it sink in, and wait for it do its thing. This mask/balm/treatment hybrid, which comes in five shades from translucent to candy apple red, will transform your smile into the most hydrated, silky-soft version of itself.
Who it’s for: If you’re looking for a deeply moisturizing lip balm that will last through lunch, meetings, and into dinner, this is the one for you.
Buy it: $26, sephora.com
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
Why we love it: This smooth balm is an everyday favorite thanks to its satin application and range of wearable shades. One swipe of these buildable colors (from clear to coral to fuchsia to plum) looks pretty and sheer on the lips, but you can also layer them for more lipstick-like intensity. These balms are so comfortable on the lips, they might just have you saying goodbye to your 'stick collection for good.
Who it’s for: If you’re looking for a hydrating balm that can also make a statement, the shades in this range will speak to you. Try Punch for a pop of red-orange and Candy for a cheery bright pink.
Buy it: $24, sephora.com
Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1
Why we love it: It's #1 for a reason. This Kiehl’s balm is packed with moisturizing and soothing ingredients including squalane, aloe vera, and vitamin E. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and made without parabens and sulfates. One of our editors who loves this balm describes it as “fresh, light, non-sticky, and hydrating.”
Who it’s for: If your lips need a swipe of moisture and you prefer a formula that absorbs quickly and doesn't feel too heavy, this will be your go-to.
Buy it: $9.50, kiehls.com
Nivea A Kiss of Smoothness Hydrating Lip Care SPF 15
Why we love it: This is the shea butter- and aloe-packed solution you need for serious hydration, fast. Plus, this Nivea formula has broad spectrum SPF 15, making it a perfect companion for all your travel plans and outdoor adventures. It’s also an affordable drugstore find, so you can buy a few tubes to stash at home, at work, and in all your travel bags to ensure that a swipe of smoothness and SPF is never out of reach.
Who it’s for: Anyone searching for an affordable lip balm that's softening, long-lasting, and has sun protection.
Buy it: $2.99, ulta.com
Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm
Why we love it: The creators of Smith’s all-purpose Rosebud Salve, which was dreamed up in Maryland in 1892 and patented in 1908, also make this refreshing, minty hydrator, which adds a pretty silken sheen and a veil of rosy color to the lips. Find it in its classic tin, which lasts forever, or in a tube, which is great for throwing in your bag on the go.
Who it’s for: Any and all lips searching for a smooth operator: a minty, time-tested formula with a subtle rosy gleam.
Buy it: $8, sephora.com