7 Lippies That Offer Full UV Spectrum Coverage!

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lip products that offer full uv spectrum sun protection

Recently, one of my long time readers asked this question:

Christine, I'm having trouble finding a lip balm (preferrably a twist-up tube, with a glossy finish) that provides sun protection across the whole UVB, UVAII, and UVA1 spectrum. The UVAII protection is often lacking. What are you using?

I thought this was a great question, especially because I'm on the lookout for one myself! My usual SPF lip balm is down to a nub, and since I need some more, I thought this was a great answer to share with everyone.

Yes, there are a lot of lip balms out there with sun protection. But when you look at the list of active ingredients, you'll usually find that they haven't covered the entire UV spectrum. Given how thin lip epithelium is, I like to have a lot of protection on there.

I searched the lip products that offer sun protection at Drugstore.com, ULTA and Sephora. I looked at every lip product and quite a few of the stick sunscreens, though note that I went for sticks that mentioned lips, not just every stick sunscreen. After searching all 3 stores, I came up with this list of 7 products that offer full UV spectrum coverage. I haven't tried most of these, though the Coppertone is the one I usually use. (Note, most sunscreen companies slightly update their formulas year to year, at least according to all of the press releases I get each spring. I'm using last year's Coppertone lippie still and I do like it, it isn't too "sunscreen" but isn't glossy.)

1. Coppertone Sport Lip Balm, SPF 30

Avobenzone 3%, Octisalate 3%, Octocrylene 9.09%, Oxybenzone 5%

2. Margaritaville Parrot Head "Floridays" Moisturizing Lip Balm, SPF 50

Avobenzone 2%, Octisalate 4%, Octocrylene 10%, Oxybenzone 6%

3. Ocean Potion Suncare Moisturizing Lip Potion, SPF 45

Octinoxate, Octocrylene, Octisalate, Oxybenzone, Avobenzone

4. Hawaiian Tropic Moisturizing Lip Balm Sunscreen, SPF 45

Avobenzone 1%, Octocrylene 10%, Oxybenzone 6%

5. Solar Sense Clear Zinc Stick for Face & Lips, SPF 50, Green Tea & Aloe

Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Zinc Oxide (8%), Octocrylene (9%)


6. Burt's Bees Baby Bee Face & Body Sunscreen Stick, SPF 30

Titanium Dioxide 11.4%, Zinc Oxide 4.9%


7. ColorScience Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35

5% Micronized Zinc Oxide


Have I missed your favorite SPF balm? Let me know what you use, I need a great one!


  1. You skipped mine: Aquaphor Lip Repair + Protect spf 30. That's more of a thick...gel? In a squeeze tube. The twist-up stick balms can seem really thick and not smooth. I'll have to try the Coppertone at some point.

  2. Supergoop! Lip balm comes in Mint and Acai. These are great and offer UVB, UVA1 & UVA2 protection. They also DON'T use oxybenzone, which is sort of a bad ingredient since it is actually a hormone disruptor and small children especially should avoid if possible. I used the Environmental Working Group's website to find safer sunscreen products with great protection and decided to try Supergoop! It is a chemical sunscreen. I LOVE their sunscreen brand and can't tell enough people about it!

    Badger brand offers a lipbalm in a stick that uses zinc oxide and their brand is highly rated by the EWG too!

  3. I trust and use only those with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, Chemical sunscreen is not for me.

  4. So, it turns out the Supergoop lippies aren't full spectrum (Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3%), I'm going through their products now for a different post, but very few of their products offer UVAII protection, which is a bummer :(

  5. I also prefer those with physical sunscreen agents so two of my favorites are Elta MD UV Lip Balm SPF 31 and Elemental Herbs All Good Lips Active Beauty Tints SPF 18.

  6. From what I had read in the past I thought Avobenzone protected against 310-400nm. I guess I'm a bit confused on how it doesn't protect against UVA I and II and I'm interested in reading your future post to help clarify this!

  7. Jackie,
    This coverage range is from the FDA. While some of the ingredients (like Avobenzone) do have ranges beyond what is shown above, the amount of coverage for those ingredients isn't in the ingredient's "optimal" range, so the FDA doesn't consider them to cover that range. When making this chart years ago I thought about showing the full range for each ingredient but then decided to go with the FDA's monograph and what they consider each ingredient to actually cover.

  8. Thanks so much for posting this helpful post on lippies!



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