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I bought this product when I went into Wilko to buy sun cream. I hadn't planned to buy it but I've always like Garnier products and at just £2 it seemed good value so I thought I'd give it a go. It is also available in Boots and Superdrug for the slightly more expensive price of £3.
--- What is it? ---
The product is a lip protection stick made by Garnier as part of their Ambre Solaire sun care range aimed to protect the lips - one of the most delicate and exposed parts of the face. It is described as "an advanced Photostable UV protection for lips against sun burn and skin damage to protect from drying and sun-induced damage". The stick is SPF 20 and is dermatologically tested.
The way in which it protects the lips is using the "Mexoryl filtration system" which sounds very impressive. Meroxyl XL is a photostable filter which is able to absorb UVA and UVB rays together. Whereas some filters can break down in the sun, this filtration system does not and so the protection that you expect to apply is exactly what you get. In addition the formula contains moisturising ingredients and pure Vitamin E to keep the skin moist and hydrated in the sun.
--- Packaging ---
Once you've managed to extract the lip balm from the unnecessary plastic and cardboard packaging you'll find it comes in a small, simple white tube containing useful information about the product details, ingredients and directions. It is covered by a lid which lifts off easily to reveal the off-white coloured lip balm itself which can be raised by typically twisting the orange base of the tube to raise it. The roll up feature makes it nice and easy to use whereas the small size means it is convenient to carry around with you anywhere.
--- Does it work? ---
The lip balm has a lovely smooth, soft texture and glides easily over my lips without dragging the skin at all and it applies really well, leaving a generous coating on my lips. It feels nice to wear and is really good at keeping the lips hydrated. Not only my lips, but also the surrounding skin feels moisturised while I'm wearing this. Most importantly it seems to provide decent protection and my lips haven't cracked or been otherwise damaged by the sun this summer so I've been quite impressed so far. My only complaint is that it doesn't last long at all and you have to reapply it every hour or so and almost as soon as the product is gone so is the hydrated feeling that it gives
It leaves a subtle shine on the lips but is otherwise is unnoticeable. If you hold the stick close to your face you'll notice a really pleasant but subtle fragrance which is quite sweet. The taste isn't quite so nice and is quite sharp and bitter but bearable and I think it's worth it for the protection you get. When I tested it out in the swimming pool I found that it was indeed very waterproof and I could still feel it on after 30 minutes in the pool.
--- Summary ---
Overall, I really like this product. I think it is a great idea to protect an area of the body that isn't usually given much thought from the sun and it seems to work fairly well. It is hard to truly gauge how much protection you are getting but as my lips have stayed moist and soft this summer it seems to do the trick. In addition it is simple to use and cheap so I would recommend.
I once had the misfortune of getting sunburnt lips and the result was a very painful few days! I never thought that you would need to protect your lips from the sun but on one occasion I was to learn that yes you do!
I never put sun tan lotion near my lips because the taste of it if you accidentally get any in your mouth is just awful and tends to stay in your mouth all day and so when I saw you can get a lip stick which will protect your lips I had to buy it to stop a repeat performance happening. You can buy them from several brands but one of the ones I find to work very well is this one by Garnier.
I use this a little like a lip salve but tend to apply it to the skin just around my lips as well as my lips themselves. It does give a very slight shine but it soon absorbs into the skin so you don't walk around looking as though you've put your lip gloss on wrong!
It rolls up when you twist the bottom and you can then roll it back down too like you do with lip salves. This is really easy to do and it's easy to apply. It feels a little greasy but this absorbs and it has a subtle sweet smell and I think this is because it contains cocoa butter. This cocoa butter helps to nourish your skin so as well as protecting your skin it will also help nourish too.
It provides protection from UV rays and is a factor 20. It is also waterproof. I tend to apply this in the morning and find that it is still working well by the afternoon. I don't tend to top it up one application a day is usually sufficient. I now make sure i apply this every time I go out in the sun and haven't had sunburnt lips since. I think it does also help stop lips getting chapped and sore too thanks to the cocoa butter and vitamin E which is in this stick.
Highly recommend, it's usually around £2-£3 and it's well worth that.
I have pale skin and I burn quite easily. I always make sure that I am wearing plenty of sun cream before going out in the sun but I often forget about my lips. For this reason I bought the Garnier Sun Protection Lip Care SPF 15.
What does the product do?
The product promises to protect the lips from becoming damaged by the sun and to stop them from prematurely aging and becoming thin. It contains an SPF of 20 and protects against both sun damage and sun burn. It contains Vitamin E which strengthens and nourishes the lips and acts as an antioxidant, removing skin aging toxins and keeping the lips looking younger for longer. It promises to deeply hydrate the lips and to prevent them from becoming dry again. It protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and it is waterproof.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within packaging that is the standard size and shape for a lip balm. The product is mostly covered by it's lid which is white with some orange detailing. There is some writing on the lid which reminds you that you need to reapply the product frequently and it is given in some different languages. The base of the product is orange, and the tube is white when you remove the lid. You move the balm up the tube in the usual way by twisting the bottom of the product. The product will cost you around £3 and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The lip balm itself is a very, very pale yellow colour which almost appears white. It has a very faint aroma to it which is only evident when you breath in deeply while applying the product. It is a really nice scent which is sweet and reminds me a little bit of honey. As the scent is so nice, it's a same that it's not a bit strong as you can only just smell it. The product has a lovely smooth consistency and it glides really easily over the lips without pulling or dragging the sensitive skin. It is easy to get a good coat of the product without having to run the stick over the lips too many times.
The lip balm doesn't affect the colour of the lips and it doesn't make them pale or white at all. It does add a beautiful shine to the lips which is almost glossy and it makes them look really pretty. It doesn't make the lips feel greasy or sticky and it feels completely comfortable on the lips. It hasn't caused me to experience any feelings of discomfort or irritations.
The product doesn't have a particularly nice taste to it but it isn't awful either. It has quite a rubbery taste but it doesn't affect me when eating or drinking and at least it stops me from licking my lips. The product does protect my lips from becoming burnt by the sun and I have tested it out in Dubai, Egypt and also this lovely sun that we have been having here in this country so the SPF is perfect.
The product doesn't feel like it's moisturising my lips, rather just coating them but they still feel dry underneath. It's a weird sensation and my lips are still quite soft when the product comes off but I still don't think it's very hydrating. The product is waterproof just as promised as you can still see it on the lips even after coming out of the swimming pool. It lasts for quite a while on the lips but I constantly reapply the product throughout the day as it is so easy to do so.
All in all, this product does a great job of protecting my lips from the sunshine and they never get burnt when I am wearing the product. It is waterproof and long lasting, and it stops my lips from drying out in the warm weather. The only problem I have is that it feels like it a putting a barrier over my lips but not moisturising them underneath. Other than that this is a good reliable product which protects the lips well from the sun.
In the past I generally would only buy sun protecting creams, lotions and lip balm if I was going on holiday abroad. However if the last 2 year I have found my self becoming burnt a couple of times, lips becoming cracked and sore and also my hair becoming dry in the U.K. Your probably thinking when have we had the sun for this to happen and yes I did aswell but for some reason I have become really sensitive to the sun and so decided to buy some sun protection.
I bought the ambre solaire lip protection stick from superdrug and paid around £2 for it which is around average for most lip sticks. The lip stick comes packaged and sealed onto some cardboard which has all the information on. This would be handy if you were putting it in a suitcase it would stop you losing it as it is only a small tube. The lip stick has a lid on top and a wind up base so you can apply straight to your lips and won't have to use your fingers like you do with some other lip protectors. The lip stick is SPF 20 which is medium protection.
On the superdrug website ambre solaire lip protection stick claims it:
With the patented Mexoryl® XL filtration system, it protects against UV rays.
Protects lips against sun-induced skin damage.
The water-resistant formula is enriched in moisturisers and vitamin E to nourish lips and protect them from drying.
UVA* Formula 100% conforms to European recommendations for protection against the harmful effects of UV Rays.
The lip stick doesn't have a strong smell or flavour when it is on your lips. It isn't thick and doesn't feel greasy on them either. I apply the lip stick when out in the sun and generally re-apply every 2-3 hours just to keep them protected. It has stopped my lips becoming dry and cracked but hasn't made my lips really smooth/soft like other lip balms I have tried do. For the price of £2 its cheap and a good thing to keep handy in your bag in the summer.
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I have recently returned back off holiday with only a slight hint of redness on my shoulders because I tried to be very careful when it came to protecting my skin from the sun as I really do believe that it is important to make sure that you don't burn especially when you have British skin which is only exposed to the sun in short periods so never gets the chance to build up any sort of natural protection of its own.
One area which a lot of people forget about adding protection to is the lips even though they are one of the most sensitive parts of body. For me I am doubly careful with making sure that I use something on my lips to protect it from the sun as I suffer from cold sores and the sun is one of my major triggers and there is nothing worse than coming back from holiday with a nice tan and feeling and looking relaxed only to get a mouth full of cold sores thanks to the strength of the sun.
There are loads of different lip protectors to choose from these days and you would think that they would all be pretty much the same but some of them are really terrible and absolutely horrible to use. Some are also really expensive and frankly they are no better than this lip balm so I personally don't see how they can justify being so expensive. This one from Garnier does the job of protecting my lips from the harmful rays of the sun and it isn't going to break the bank either as I only paid £2.99 for it.
As a balm it is really good and most people would be hard pressed to notice the difference between this and one that didn't contain an spf. One thing that I hate about some spf lip balms is that they are so hard and not moisturising in the slightest and it is difficult to apply them without having to really press them down and practically rub them on my lips. This one was much easier to apply and felt soft enough so that I didn't have to really rub it on. It also left my lips feeling softer and immediately less dry when I applied it.
It also didn't give me the dreaded white lip that some other spf balms give where they make my lips look really white. When this was on it was pretty much invisible other than a slight shine from the balm. The shine was no different to any other lip balm and was really discrete so it didn't look as though I was wearing anything on my lips.
It didn't moisturise my lips for as long as some other more traditional balms did and it felt like it had rubbed off within an hour or so but this was actually a good thing as it meant that it reminded me that I needed to reapply so as to not leave my lips without any sun protection on them.
The spf in this is a factor 20 which is considered to be a medium protection but I felt that it was more than adequate for my needs as I made sure and put some once a day sun screen on my lips in the morning and this was really just more of a top up to make sure that they were as protected as I could get them.
I felt that this offered me a good level of protection as not once did my lips start stinging which is a sure sign of them having caught too much sun but I also didn't break out in a cold sore either while I was on holiday or when I returned to the UK.
I think this is a really good balm for people who are looking for something that will not only moisturise lips to stop them feeling dry but will also give them protection from the sun and stop them from getting damaged as they are a really sensitive area of the body and need extra protection.
I would recommend this for both beach holidays and also city breaks as it is convenient to slip in your pocket for use when you need it. I would even say that it should probably be used in UK in the summer time in place of your usual lip balm as although we might not get a lot of sun it can be harsh when it does decide to come out and say hello.
I use lip products with SPF protection in the summer as I work outside some of the time and I feel taking the trouble to put one on is worth it. I have become a fan of the UVIsport Uvistat lip screen which has 5 star UVA and factor 50 SPF but it is relatively expensive at around £6-7 so I have also been looking around for a cheaper version with lower levels of protection to use when the sun is less strong. I came across the Garnier Ambre Solaire Medium SPF 20 lip protection stick on offer for £1.99 in a local pharmacy which was a 50% off price, so I decided to try it. I have however since seen it on sale for the same price in Superdrug and there was no mention of it being on offer then so it obviously pays to shop around!
The lip protection stick comes in a lip stick like tube that winds up from the base. This means you don't need to use your fingers to put it on which may be more hygienic but is definitely less messy on the hands. The stick is solid but soft so it feels lovely and smooth when you are putting it on. I did worry that it may actually melt in the sun because of it's soft texture which is a problem that I have had occasionally with other similar balms. Thankfully it hasn't so far and I haven't made an special effort to keep it cool. Actually it feels and looks a lot like a stick of petroleum jelly, just more solid. It has a much less greasy texture too and feels much lighter on the lips. I have found myself using this in preference to non SPF lip balms and lip tins because of this, even when I feel I probably don't need to use sun protection. I can usually feel something like Vaseline on my lips for some time after applying it and it may also feel sticky so I love the fact this balm doesn't give me the same problems.
The stick is supposed to be nourishing and to protect the lips from drying out. I think it helps protect from drying out more than it nourishes. If my lips are dry when I put it on, they do feel soothed in the short term but I don't feel that they are really nourished beyond that. They don't feel softer for long but the feeling is nice while it lasts. If my lips are in good condition to start with then it does seem to prevent them drying out which they often do otherwise.
The SPF 20 is accompanied with "advanced" UVA protection and the former is described as photo stable, in other words it doesn't break down in sunlight so it should last a long time. I re-apply the balm every few hours and I feel that is often enough to prevent any sun damage. If I leave it any longer, I can't feel the stick on my lips much so I am not sure it is still providing enough protection. It is quick and easy to do so I don't mind slicking it on every few hours! It is also advertised as water resistant which I haven't put to the test.
The balm isn't flavoured but it does have a slight scent. I would describe it as fruity and a bit too sweet but as it is relatively weak it doesn't put me off. I only smell it for a few seconds when I put it on. You may be more disappointed if you really wanted a scented lip protection stick.
I would recommend this if you want some medium level sun protection for your lips as it is a lot cheaper than some of the "sporty" brands but is still water resistant and easy to use. I would also suggest using it if you want a colourless non greasy general purpose balm that is inexpensive, even if sun protection isn't so much a priority for you. It goes on smoothly and feels light and non sticky. It leaves a slight sheen on the lips but it doesn't look overly shiny. So if you are male and don't want to look like you are wearing gloss, it should be O.K! You can buy it in Superdrug, Boots and other pharmacies where I have usually seen it stocked with the sun protection products rather than the lip products. I presume that as the stick I have is called "medium" that a higher level SPF version may be available but it is only the former I have ever actually seen for sale myself.