lady in a sun visor holding lip balm with SPF

Lip Sun Protection

The lips often tend to get forgotten about when it comes to sun care. Make sure to keep them protected when you're out and about enjoying the sun by using a lip balm with SPF.

Why Is Lip Sun Protection Important?

Lips are the number one area on the body where people forget to apply enough sun protection. Often, many of us will apply sunscreen to our legs, back, arms, front and face, but will neglect applying lip sunscreen.

Why Is It Important To Apply SPF To Your Lips?

Much like the rest of your body, your lips are susceptible to sun damage which can lead to early signs of ageing such as sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles as well as dark spots and skin cancers. It's just as important if not more important to protect your lips from the sun's powerful UV rays using lip balm with SPF because the skin on your lips is thinner than anywhere else on the body making it more delicate and susceptible to sun damage. Lips contain collagen, which is what keeps them plump and healthy looking. Sun exposure destroys collagen which makes lips thinner over time and the more sun damage your lips experience, the more likely you are to develop skin cancers.

It doesn't matter how well you moisturise and care for your lips, if it’s sunny and they’re exposed to dangerous UVA/UVB rays without lip sun protection, they're not going to look as smooth and healthy as they could do.

How to find the ideal lip balm with SPF

The higher the SPF the better, and this is true for all types of sun protection including your face and the rest of your body. Try to choose a lip balm specifically designed for lip sun protection like NIVEA Sun Protect Caring Lip Balm SPF 30. Not only does this have a high SPF, it also contains 100% Organic Jojoba Oil which cares for and hydrates your lips to keep them feeling and looking healthy.

If your lips tend to be dry and cracked or you're exposed to wintry weather conditions, you may want a lip balm like NIVEA Soothe & Protect Caring Lip Balm SPF 15. This product intensively cares for and nourishes ultra-dry lips with 100% Organic Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E, as well as providing effective lip sun protection.

Ingredients to keep your eye out for in lip balm with SPF:

Jojoba Oil 

Jojoba oil has many benefits. It's a natural anti-inflammatory so expertly helps to soothe dry, itchy or sensitive areas of your lips, often caused by not using lip balm with SPF. It contains natural antioxidants which help to prevent damage to the skin as well as being naturally intensely moisturising, just what you need in your lip balm with SPF.

Vitamin E

Having a lip balm with SPF that also contains Vitamin E provides you with several benefits too. Vitamin E absorbs UVB light which is responsible for skin damage and skin ageing. Not only this, but Vitamin E promotes cell turnover & regeneration which helps bring new cells to the surface faster to help replenish dry or chapped lips.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is extra hydrating, moisturising and contains antioxidants. But the benefits don't stop there. Much like Vitamin E, Shea Butter has natural healing properties which help to repair damaged lip cells. You're guaranteed to have cared for and hydrated lips with a lip balm with SPF that also contains Shea Butter.

Enjoy the outdoors knowing that you're using enough lip sun protection


Lips need protecting too! Find out when we recommend that you use a lip balm with SPF as part of your lip care routine.

There’s nothing better than enjoying warm weather by basking in the sun. By wearing a lip balm with SPF, you can relax in the knowledge that your lips are protected so you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. By wearing lip balm with SPF you're providing two key services to your lips. Firstly, it’ll stop the lips from experiencing painful soreness and dryness caused by sun overexposure. Secondly, it will help to keep lips looking young and healthy by reducing signs of premature aging.

5 occasions it’s essential to use lip balm with SPF


Dangerous UVA/UVB rays can reflect off the ocean or outdoor swimming pool as you swim, putting you at a higher risk of damage, so keep a lip balm with SPF like NIVEA Hydro Care Lip Balm SPF 15 in your swimming bag at all times.
5 occasions it’s essential to use lip balm with SPF

Lying in the sun

It’s no surprise that staying out in the sun is one of the most important times to remember to use a lip balm with SPF. Forgetting to apply protection may lead to dry lips that are thirsty for moisture and in the long run could cause premature ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer.
5 occasions it’s essential to use lip balm with SPF


Many people forget about SPF while driving on a sunny day. Although the glass will block most UVB rays, UVA rays can still pass through and cause damage.

5 occasions it’s essential to use lip balm with SPF


A quick dig here and a cut-back there – when you’re busy tending to the garden, it can be all too easy to forget you’re outdoors in the blazing sunlight. Make sure to use a lip balm with SPF before heading outside on sunny days.

5 occasions it’s essential to use lip balm with SPF

Winter holidays

Summer isn’t the only season you need to be thinking about keeping your lips protected. If you enjoy winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, your lips could be at risk however cold it may be, because the rays will reflect off the snow and hit you from two angles.
lady with beautifully exfoliated lips

Lip care doesn't stop at lip sun protection

Once you're happy that you're giving your lips the protection they need from the sun using a lip balm with SPF, you might like to think about how else you can look after your lips. One way that you can do this is by exfoliating your lips. Exfoliating your lips helps to remove dry and dead skin cells from the surface of your lips to keep them looking smooth as well as preventing your lips from cracking and getting sore.

Too much effort, you say? We've made things easy for you by creating NIVEA Caring lip scrubs to do the hard work for you. Try the NIVEA Lip 2 In 1 Caring Scrub With Aloe Vera to exfoliate and hydrate your lips. You don't even have to wipe it off! It's enriched with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E and contains naturally derived scrub particles to leave your lips feeling super soft and cared for.
dry touch sunscreen SPF 50

Find A Sunscreen For Your Body That's Non-Greasy & Reef-Safe

Finding a sunscreen that is non-greasy, water-resistant and easy to apply is at the top of everyone's to-do list when Summer comes round the corner. The NIVEA SUN Dry Touch sunscreen range provides you with all three. It's refreshing, light, and hydrating and is totally transparent so you don't have to spend ages making sure you've rubbed in every last white streak of sunscreen. It leaves you feeling grease-free while providing you with extra-water-resistant sun protection so you can enjoy the weather without the worry. Try the NIVEA SUN Protect & Dry Touch Invisible Sunscreen Spray SPF 50.