Best Lip Balms for Men

When it comes to lip balms, you’ll notice the vast array of brands and packaging. Some are in pots, others in tubes and let’s not forget the classic stick. Thankfully, it simply comes down to preference. More or less, the application of lip balm remains the same. That said, there may be some considerations to think about when picking one lip balm over another. In this article, we’ll unpack that further to help you decide which is the right fit for your needs.

 

Best Lip Balm with Sunscreen: Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

Studies have shown us that lip cancer affects makeup-free men more than women. In Australia, we experience some of the highest amounts of UV radiation in the world, so sun protection is essential. The Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 is designed to offer broad-spectrum coverage, protecting your lips from UVA (causes premature ageing) and UVB (causes physical sunburn) sunrays.

This product uses chemical sunscreen properties in the form of Avobenzone and Octinoxate. Chemical sunscreen, as opposed to physical sunscreen (eg: Zinc Oxide) works by absorbing the UV rays from the sun, converting it into heat then scattering it away from the skin. 

The major benefit of using chemical sunscreen in a lip balm is that because it is scientifically formulated, the sunscreen is usually a lighter consistency making it easier to spread. However, chemical sunscreen breaks down quicker than its physical counterpart, so reapplying throughout the day is key to maintaining maximum sun protection. 

Aside from the sunscreen properties, this lip balm utilises slick and smooth Petrolatum that forms a protective barrier to prevent water loss as it mends chapped and damaged skin. This is especially helpful for cracked lips - the petrolatum acts like a bandaid to heal these wounds. In combination with Tocopheryl Acetate - a potent form of Vitamin E that fights free radicals - the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 is truly ideal for daytime use.

To top it off, Jack Black offers this product in a variety of flavours so you’re sure to find your match. It’s a popular favourite in the men's grooming space - winner of the Esquire Grooming Awards for Best Lip Balm and ranked the #1 Men's Lip Treatment in 2018 according to The NPD Group, Inc. sales data.

 

Best Matte Lip Balm: Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm

Matte lip balms are unnoticeable to the naked eye. As great as SPF lip balms are, they aren't advisable to use in the evening due to their tendency to bounce backlight (especially flash photography light), resulting in glossy lips. So it’s handy to have an additional SPF-free lip balm in your grooming arsenal.

The Baxter of California Hydro Salve Lip Balm is enriched with vitamins to moisturise dry lips. A notable one in this formula is Retinyl Palmitate, a vitamin A derivative. Vitamin A is well researched in reversing (or dramatically reducing) signs of ageing by speeding up the repair and renewal cycle. 

Two other ingredients that deserve attention is Ascorbyl Palmitate and Panthenol. Ascorbyl Palmitate is a vitamin C derivative and gentler than L-Ascorbic Acid (the strongest form of vitamin C). It's a popular antioxidant that combats free radicals that increase premature ageing. On the other hand, Panthenol - known as Pro-Vitamin B5 - is a humectant that retains moisture in the skin so your lips stay supple and hydrated.

 

Best Natural Lip Balm: Captain Fawcett's Physician Lip Balm

If you prefer products with a clear natural emphasis Captain Fawcett's Physician Lip Balm is the way to go. Vegan and handmade in the United Kingdom, the ingredients are all derived from nature. This is a great choice for sensitive lips.

Formula wise, it's very impressive. Candelilla Wax is the first ingredient on the list, meaning it's in the highest concentration. An emollient, it creates a barrier over the lips to stimulate healing underneath whilst blocking external factors. 

Meanwhile, Shea Butter is a welcome ingredient to any product designed for healing and repair, as it's strongly moisturising without feeling too heavy. Perfect if your lips are visibly flaking from dryness.

The inclusion of Calendula Officinalis (derived from calendula flowers) has incredible soothing properties and encourages your skin's natural healing process. If you ever get swollen lips, calendula is a great ingredient because it’s known to reduce swelling too. The added essential oils towards the end of the formulation give this product a subtle yet pleasant scent.