What’s Your Form?
As you can see in our lofty chart of the best lip balms, they come in three primary form factors:
By and far one of the most convenient for many will be the stick variety given their naturally compact size coupled with their mess-free application process.
Plus its what many men are already familiar with.
But there’s a catch:
One downfall of sticks is their ability to immediately penetrate the surface of the skin on your lips like that of the squeeze lip balms.
Which is a very important point here…
Those in need of immediate moisture relief should pick up a squeeze lip balm.
To note: When it comes to squeeze lip balms, given their naturally softer composition, they will often lead to a shiny coat on your lips. Don’t worry, this will usually diminish after a few minutes.
Sticks are more suited for their protectant abilities. Therefore if you are venturing out during the really cold and dry months of winter or desert conditions in the summer, a stick lip balm will be best – just be sure that you pick out one that includes beeswax.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) For Extra Protection
One of the main reasons why men purchase a lip balm is due to incredibly dry conditions.
The cracking can become both unsightly and uncomfortable.
However, given that the skin on your lips is incredibly thin, its important to also consider a lip balm that also contains some form of SPF protection.
As you can see above, the ratings can vary wildly. From some offerings providing no protection, to those that deliver up to SPF 30, you should be able to easily find one to suit your needs.
Now just a quick note: Given that lip balm is repeatedly applied throughout the day, you may not need to worry about maximum protection like you would with a traditional sunscreen.
Important Note On Ingredients Found Within The Best Lip Balms
When checking out some of the top lip balms on the market, its important to take notice of the ingredient list:
As you can see on the ingredient list for Burt’s Bees above, there is a rich mixture of beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, and several other conditioning agents to just name a few.
A key note about lanolin. Lanolin is found in a plethora of skin care products, most notably we talked about it in our review of the best beard balms. What’s noteworthy about lanolin is that its naturally sourced from the wool of sheep. Much like we humans excrete sebum oil from our sebaceous glands, lanolin is essentially the sebum oil that has been collected from sheep when they shave the wool.
Some men may be put off by this notion of applying oil from an animal on their lips, however, its usually not a deal breaker for most but is at least worth mentioning.
Other popular ingredients you will find in the popular lip balms will be candelilla wax (derived from a shrub), petroleum, and carrier oils (jojoba, sunflower, etc.). These all are key in delivery both protectant and nourishing abilities.