One of my most vivid memories of summer vacation as a kid is of putting on Pre-Sun brand sunscreen at the beach. Granted, it was probably like SPF 4, since this would’ve been in the late 1970s, but at least my mom was trying. I remember the smell as well as the taste, which was, in a word, dreadful.
And sunscreen hasn’t gotten much better on that front over the years. No matter what facial sunscreen I choose, if I happen to get a tiny bit on my lips… instant BLURRGHHH reaction. And yet, your lips need sunscreen. They’re one of the first parts of the body to show signs of aging, and you don’t want to feed that fire by leaving your lips exposed to the sun.
Enter lip balm with SPF. There are many on the market, at many price points, but my favorite is Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 ($35 in our shop). It isn’t the strongest SPF in the world, but it has a light, non-sticky texture and the most wonderful scent, which makes me much more likely to reapply it throughout the day. And it allows you to protect your lips without that vile sunscreen taste. Definitely a must-have from my perspective.