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I don't normally specifically look for lip products with SPF in them, mostly because they seem to be harder to find. This all changed when I burnt my poor lips on one of the days that classes as our British summer. As far as I can remember, this is the first time it's happened and it prompted me to hunt high and low for something that will keep my lips protected when there's even a hint of sun, particularly as I'm hoping to go abroad later in the eye and won't be taking the chance there without an SPF lip balm. After hunting around online, I came across this one and as luck would have it, it was on offer in Boots at the time so I bought two - one for everyday use and one to put away from the holiday. It comes in the usual stick with a twist-up lid. The balm itself is a creamy colour but I've found that it goes on clear. I've used lip products with sunscreen in on the odd occasion and they left me looking as if I'd smeared sun block across my lips so I'm pleased to say that this is much more like a normal lip balm and just likes a very subtle sheen on the lips. It contains aloe vera and vitamin E and it does indeed keep my lips feeling moisturised when I use it. I don't use this everyday - mostly just on days when it's sunny or when there's a harsh wind (as it's also designed with this in mind). Both of these weather conditions dry my lips out no end and not all lip balms do a good enough job of protecting them so it's nice that I can use this one for both situations. So, does it work? I like to think so. I've never burnt my lips again and they do feel moisturised even when the wind and rain does it's worst so I think it stands up to the claims. It's also water-resistant but as I don't tend to go in the water much on holiday, I can't vouch for that one either now or when I'll be away. It does however stand up during torrential downpours, as we've been getting lately. In heavy rain without an umbrella, I sometimes find that my lip balm ends up getting washed off if I've put a tad too much on but this one stays put so it must have some degree of water resistance. Under normal circumstances, I think it costs around £3.99. I picked it up when it was only £1.99 so I managed to buy two for this price. Will I pay normal price? Yes, as I daren't use a lip balm without SPF in the sun now so for that, it's worth the extra expense and it's also good in the wind, which we always seem to get a lot of in the UK. It's an all-round lip balm that can be used to protect against the effects of the sun and wind and to keep lips feeling lovely whatever the weather. Pretty much a must with our changeable weather!
I must have at least 30 different lip balms dotted around the house, I'm always using some sort of lip balm on my lips and so they do all get used. One thing that they all have in common though is the lack of SPF. Most of my lip balms don't have any SPF in, a few do have SPF 15, but this isn't much for a hot summer holiday, especially when I will have a higher factor on my face and body - and so why wouldn't I want I higher factor on my lips as well. Well the answer is that I do, and so that's why I always buy the Banana Boat sunscreen lip balm with SPF 30. I will normally buy it from Boots here in the UK, or I will wait and buy it from Walmart or Target in the US as it is much cheaper over there. In fact the last time I bought one in Walmart they actually had it with SPF 45 rather than SPF 30, so I might just wait again and buy it there in the future, unless I need one here in which case I will just go for the SPF 30 one in Boots again. Boots do currently have a 'buy one get one free' offer on Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic products at the moment. The SPF 30 lip balm currently retails for £3.99 in Boots. The main reason that I really like this lip balm is that it goes on clear, a lot of sunscreen lip balms normally leave your lips looking white, not so with this lip balm it's goes on just like any other normal clear lip balm. It's a stick type lip balm, like a chapstick, and the packaging is a bright lime green, although the lip balm itself is colourless. The lip balm has a very subtle aloe vera fragrance, which does linger on your lips ever so slightly after you've applied the lip balm. Another thing that I really like about this lip balm is that it doesn't seem to melt in the heat, most lip balms will melt and go a little bit gloopy in the heat, this one actually stays solid. As well as an SPF of 30, the lip balm has both UVA and UVB protection, is waterproof, and contains both aloe vera and vitamin e. So all in all it's a pretty good all round multi-purpose lip balm. I really like this lip balm as it has the high SPF, and so I don't need to worry that I will end up with sunburned lips. It feels a very moisturising and protecting lip balm when it's actually on my lips. It feels like it's leaving a protective layer on my lips to protect them from the sun and the wind etc. However it doesn't feel heavy at all, it feels very lightweight on my lips. It just goes on with a very natural looking sheen, it doesn't leave a glossy finish at all. This leaves my lips very soft and supple, and in perfect condition. I'd definitely recommend this, as it's something that I've used for quite a few years now, primarily the SPF 30 version, and as I mentioned more recently the SPF 45 version.
You might have noticed as of late that I have been spending a lot of time enjoying this glorious weather outdoors on my allotment instead of being sat at home in front of the telly box. Spending a lot of time outside obviously means that you need to be taking extra care of yourself when out in the sunshine, even if it doesn't feel very hot at 18 degrees. Its fairly easy to take care of your skin on your face and body because out there on the market are literally hundreds of different options to choose from ranging from factor 2 right up to factor 50 and sun block to ensure you are properly protected. But there is one part of the body that I had almost forgotten about in my blonde stupor and it only occurred to me that I should wear something with an SPF in it when I was buying a new lip gloss, yes that's right my lips! Your lips are the most sensitive bit of skin on your face and need a lot of protection, not just in the sun, but in the wind and rain too and this is partly why I have a bit of an obsession with lips balms, scrubs, creams and glosses because I like to keep my lips as soft and smooth as possible to ensure they don't end up looking chapped and sore and really unappealing. I am a huge fan of lip balms, I must buy one every week because I cant find the one I was using, only to then find it right at the bottom of my bag a few days later. I have also tried every kind of lip balm you can think of from gels, balms, creams and waxes and in all sorts of flavours. Surprisingly I didn't actually find many options available to me on the high street for a lip balm or gloss which has an SPF. Thankfully, Boots didn't let me down and they did have at least two options to choose from, one lip balm had an SPF of 8 and the other an SPF of 30 and unsurprisingly I opted for the lip balm with an SPF 30. Banana Boat is a brand of products that many of you may have seen on the shelves of places like Boots and Superdrug but may not have necessarily used anything from the range. I have been a fan of a few of their products for some years now, namely their Aloe Vera after sun spray which is by far the best product I have ever used as an after sun treatment on my skin. Banana Boat sell a wide range of products in the sun protection range and they range from SPF2 right up to 50 in oils and lotions and they then have a further range of after sun care products and then Lip Care products which is the product I purchased. The Aloe Vera Lip Balm SPF 30 cost £3.05 from Boots and it is easy to recognise in its bright blue and green packaging, assuming you aren't colour blind that is. The packaging tells you in bright blue lettering (on a green background) that this is an Aloe Vera with Vitamin E sunscreen lip balm and that it is waterproof. This lip balm claims that it will leave you with super soft and smooth lips that are protected from the sun and wind and that it helps prevent dryness, cracking, peeling and chapping. So having purchased it I was eager to try it out. Once you have removed the cardboard packaging which encases this lip balm, the tube itself is the same size as any other lip balm you might buy, such as Burt's Bees and it is a 4.25g tube which again has a plastic wrapping surround in bright green and blue detailing exactly what is on the outer packaging, so you know what it is you have bought and are reminded that it has a 30SPF. The lid is removed by a simple twisting motion to break the perforation in the plastic packaging and then beneath the lid once removed is a creamy coloured balm which appears with a little twisting of the bottom of the tube and if I am honest I expected the balm to be either a lighter green colour or white. However the most striking thing for me is the aroma which is best described as fruity and not at all what I expected for something containing Aloe Vera, it smells nothing like the Aloe Vera after sun spray that I have used from this range at all and you can definitely tell there is Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil. So the ingredients, well the main ones are Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil which everyone has probably used in their lifetime and they now both appear in many products because they are brilliant skin moisturisers which helps lock in moisture and soften and smooth. Then comes Bees Wax which helps the skin lock in moisture, it nourishes, softens and smoothes. The Vitamin E which has many benefits for the skin as it acts as an antioxidant to protect the skin, it softens and smoothes the skin but in this instance more importantly it helps to protect the epidermis layer of the skin from early stages of ultra violet light damage by creating a protective layer on top of the skin. Then finally Aloe Vera which again many people might have come across with after sun care products and as an ingredient it has many benefits. Aloe Vera help moisturise dehydrated or dry skin, it is also used to soften dead skin cells to make exfoliation a much easier process, it acts as an antibacterial and anti-fungus agent but for this product with sun protection Aloe Vera is soothing on the skin and is cool to the touch when applied which makes it such a good after sun care product and It also encourages the skin to repair itself. When using the lip balm I half expected my lips to turn bright white like you see cricketers look when they play cricket, thankfully this was not the case, as you apply the balm to your lips there is an instant soothing and coolness effect as you glide the balm from one end to the other and it creates a clear, not sticky, balm on your lips which sinks in and leaves no trace behind. As you apply the lip balm you can smell very faintly the Aloe Vera but the Cocoa Butter is much more evident. I have been using this Lip Balm for some time now and one of the good things about it is that you don't need to constantly apply it, the only must is that you apply it 15 minutes before going out into the sunshine which gives it time to settle into your lips and begin working and then once you are out in the sunshine, apply it as and when you feel it is necessary as you would with your sun screen products. Since using it I have to say that it does give your lips brilliant protection and it is definitely smoothing and soothing to use and since I have been using it I have no complaints what so ever, it doesn't irritate, it simply protects the skin. So if you want a lip balm with a high SPF then I would definitely suggest giving this product a try because it gives you UVA/UVB protection, it moisturises, protects, softens and soothes. It is sweat and water resistant and it smells really lovely.