When it comes to lip balm, most guys just want something that works. Whether you're looking to repair cracked winter lips, prevent a blistering sunburn on the slopes, or just keep lips from drying out through the day, you want a balm you can trust and one that won't goop up, leave lip marks on glasses, or remind you of that fruit-tasting gunk your junior high girlfriend slathered on every 10 minutes. We've waded through a bevy of balms, from the newest products to time-tested classics, to bring you eight of our favorites, good for every situation.
Best Sun Protection: Beyond Coastal Active Lip Balm
We love Beyond Coastal's entire range of sport-ready sun care products packed with high-powered natural ingredients, and its Active Lip Balm is no exception. Made with beeswax, aloe vera, shea butter, and yerba mate, it glides on smooth and lasts on lips while offering broad-spectrum sun protection without oxybenzone, a chemical sunscreen ingredient that early studies have linked to low sperm count and increased cancer risk. Comes in four flavors (we prefer Citrus Grove) and with a small holster and clip that snaps onto backpacks or ski jacket zippers. [$2.99; beyondcoastal.com]
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