They're just as important as sunscreen.
Even the most well-groomed men easily forget the importance of a moisturizing lip balm. If you’re using a facial cleanser, moisturizer, and other advanced grooming goods, why not take care of the thin skin around your mouth? Chapstick might be on your radar during the dry, cold months of winter to combat chapped lips, but that doesn’t mean you should can skip out on your lips during the warm weather season.
“Lip balms are designed to form a seal over the skin to maintain barrier function, enhance hydration, and protect the lips from the environment,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
During summer, a lip balm with SPF is just as important as slathering on sunscreen to protect against sunburn and harmful UV rays that can cause skin cancer. So, even if you’re not trying to impress a summer fling with a smooth pucker, it’s worth scoring one of the best lip balms with ingredients like SPF, plumping hyaluronic acid, and antioxidant botanicals, while avoiding anything that can cause skin irritation such as salicylic acid, camphor, menthol, and fragrance. To sort through the endless offerings on the market, we turned to Dr. Zeichner to find the top chapstick and lip balm brands for men.