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If there’s one product everyone needs to have in their skincare routine (other than a moisturiser) it is sunscreen. And that’s not just for your face, body, etc, but also for your lips. I have to admit I went a long time forgetting to protect my lips with SPF, but when it did finally click in my head to do so, I decided I wanted to experiment with lip balms that can do this, while also moisturising my lips. When I saw this in Boots for £3.29 I thought “this should work great” and proceeded to buy it. As someone with pale skin which as you’d expect burns very easily, my skin definitely needs daily protection from the sun, I’m surprised it didn’t occur to me sooner to protect my lips. However unlike my skin, I’ve never had sun burnt lips. Or at least I don’t think so, so judging its ability to avoid sun burn is difficult to judge. However, I will do my best.
First of all, is the packaging. It’s just like your standard lip balm including a lot of the others that the Nivea brand sell. It is a typical twist up lip balm, with a cap. The cap has a golden-yellow colour theme with the Nivea logo on it, plus a yellow sun. I’m not normally a fan of the colour yellow, however since it has a slightly higher SPF level than most lip balms I’ve seen, which usually has around SPF 15, the SPF level and the colour theme as well as the name “Sun Protect” all link together to represent that it’s designed for the summer. Despite this, I would use this year round, since sun protection is important no matter what time of year it is. Another interesting point is that it claims to be “waterproof”, which suggests that you should be able to keep your lips protected even while you’re swimming in a pool or at the beach. Whether it is waterproof or not isn’t particularly important to me since I wear this for everyday use, but this is great if you swim a lot, especially if you swim outdoors or if your local pool has windows letting a lot of light in. Also, it does smell ever so slightly like sunscreen, you know the coconut chemical smell, but its not very strong so most of the time I don’t notice it, but if you absolutely cannot stand the smell then I suggest finding a different lip balm.
So, what is it like on the lips? I can’t say it is the nicest lip balm I’ve ever worn, since the SPF does make the texture very… I don’t really know what the best word to describe it is, but it can just be a bit awkward. Just like standard sunscreens and moisturisers with SPF in it, the texture can be quite thick, and I guess that’s the same with the lip balm as well. It does leave a slightly white-cream cast on the lips like a lot of sunscreens do on the skin, however I don’t consider this a big problem since I usually put a tinted lip balm or some kind of lip colour on top anyway. If however, you don’t plan on wearing anything on top but just want this as a basic lip balm, this may not be the lip balm for you.
Does it moisturise the lips? I can’t say it does. It is the only negative point I can make about it. I don’t really mind since like I mentioned before, I like to apply tinted lip balms over the top which are slightly more moisturising, but I do think it is a shame since otherwise if I do decide I’m going to have a lazy day with makeup or not wear any at all, I need to use two lip balms to get the effect that one lip balms should have. However, I don’t find it dries out the lips, so at least it doesn’t take away moisture from my lips that was already there.
So will I buy it again? Probably not. There are plenty of lip balms out there that offer great SPF protection and hopefully I’ll be able to find one that is moisturising as well. However, if you don’t mind layering lip balms then by all means you may find this a nice product. I plan on using this up, even though I’ve barely made a dent, and if I change my mind about this product, then I’ll edit this post and add my extra thoughts at the end of this post.
Are there any lip balms that you would suggest I should try? Or have tried this one before? I’d love to hear about your thoughts and experiences. I really appreciate that you took the time to read my post, it truly does mean a lot to me, and if you think you’ll enjoy reading my other posts, then I’d be super happy if you took some time to read them.