I experienced sunburn on my lips a couple of times in the years before we learned all about sunscreen, UVA, UVB and related filters. Neither was a bad case of sunburn, but my mouth was uncomfortable enough, in a chapped-lips-in-summer – wtf? – kind of way, that I decided never again. Thus I really dig lip balm with high levels of sunscreen. Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment went straight into my travel bag because it's an SPF 30.
Almay positions their Age Essentials lip balm as a wonder that, via its "anti-aging core," hydrates and plumps up lips and surrounding skin to minimize fine lines. Whether it does or not, I can't say – most nicely emollient lip balms can lessen the appearance of fine lines around the mouth by virtue of helping to keep lips plumped with moisture. (Why any lip balm core is ever presented as separate and in a different colour, I don't know. In this case, the ingredient list doesn't separate the white section from the pink; perhaps it's just for visual effect and marketing.)
Conditioning components include petrolatum, paraffin, argan oil, shea butter, synthetic wax, coconut oil, Vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) and hyaluronic acid.
Anti-aging elements include sunscreens, tripeptides and two forms of collagen (collagen applied topically serves as a moisturizer; excellent information from the Beauty Brains regarding collagen in skincare here).
My favourite detail about this Almay Age Essentials Lip Treatment ($9.49 CAd at drugstores and $12.99 USd at ulta.com) is that it's an SPF 30. An initial candy-sweet scent alarmed me, but it disappears quickly after application, thank goodness. The texture is buttery, with good stick – not super-sticky, but enough to stay put on lips. After a half-hour of wear, the balm does feel a little rubbery and the tiniest bit gritty, but I just swipe another layer on to deal with it. SPF 30, yo.
Update: Oops! Forgot to mention that there's a little hit of menthol in the formula, a slight cool and fleeting tingle on application. (Thanks for catching that, Ally!)
If texture is more important to you, try Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm SPF 20 in Quenched (about $5 CAd at Rexall or Walmart and $4.49 USd at ulta.com). Marc Jacobs Lip Lock Moisture Balm ($30 CAd at sephora.ca and $24 at sephora.com) is an SPF 18, but look at that price tag. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($28 CAd at sephora.ca and $24 USd at sephora.com) is also lovely, but the bullet does not hold up to heat well (it's super melty). Plus, again with that price.
Have you tried this Almay SPF 30 lip balm? What do you think? Do you have a favourite SPF 30 formula?