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Sun Bum Sunscreen
Balm Review For Hikers

By Diane Spicer

Dry, chapped, cracked lips on a hike? Hiking For Her tried Sun Bum sunscreen lip balm and shares the pros and cons with you. #hiking #backpacking

This Sun Bum sunscreen balm review is just in time for you if you're experiencing dry, chapped lips.

  • Hot, sunny hiking trails
  • Cold, windy hiking trails
  • Everything in between!

It might also be the product for you if you take overexposure to UV rays from sunlight seriously.

Disclosures in this lip balm review

Hiking For Her takes every piece of hiking gear seriously.

  • Even if it's something as small and seemingly trivial as lip protection on a hiking trip.

No one asked me to review Sun Bum sunscreen lip balm.

I stumbled upon it in the aisles of Target, as I was searching for a high SPF product that also ticked a few other boxes for upcoming snowshoeing adventures.

Features such as:

  • SPF 30, broad spectrum
  • water resistant
  • no parabens
  • gluten free
  • vegan (no animal products)

And here's where I share pros and cons with you.
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Sun Bum sunscreen balm review:

The flavor reviewed here is coconut.

Be sure you really, really like coconut, because this lip balm hits you with a big blast of tropical goodness.

I find this hilarious when I'm on a cold, snowy, or wet trail: like an instant pina colada in my pocket.

In fact, it makes me laugh out loud to the point of annoying my trail buddies.

So be forewarned! Big flavor burst lies within...

Coconut not your thing?

There are other tropical fruit flavors to try instead:

mango, banana, lime.

Yummy ingredient list

The ingredient list (besides coconut) is heavy on plant extracts:

  • aloe
  • calendula
  • green tea
  • grapefruit
  • lemon peel
  • cucumber
  • gingko
  • ginseng
  • rosemary
  • willow bark
  • sage

What makes this a slippery, coating, soothing balm?

  • Mineral oil + cocoa seed butter

Other noteworthy ingredients

Vitamin E (tocopheryl) is a nice way to add oily antioxidant coverage.

Sun Bum sunscreen balm review:

Sun Bum suncreen balm tastes really, really good (see above).

So the temptation to keep smacking your lips is very real.

  • The more you smack, of course, the less lip balm is left on your lips.
  • And the more likely it is that your lips will dry out.

However, if you can resist the urge, the balm will sink into your lips and stay in place for at least thirty minutes (that's as long as I timed it before re-application).

The slipperiness will disappear, but you will still be able to taste the balm, meaning that it is still protecting you.

But for best coverage, reapply frequently.

  • That won't be a problem, because it's tasty.


This stuff is smelly!

But in a good way.

Because of its strong odor and appealing taste, I do not recommend that you bring this lip balm into the backcountry or leave it in your backpack unguarded during a siesta.

If you like it, so will your bear, squirrel and raccoon buddies.

  • Nothing good can come of that.

Beware of body heat

I carried this tube of lip balm in my hip pocket during my hike.

It was quite soft by the time I remembered that I was carrying it and pulled it out.

So be careful of direct sunlight or heat exposure. The balm is plenty soft on its own.

Just to be thorough, I'll do a winter hiking test and report back here.

More tips to protect your skin against UV exposure as you hike

As a hiker in my 60s, I'm very concerned about the cumulative damage my skin has sustained over decades on a hiking trail.

If you're in your 20s, you have a lot of time to take proactive action using these tips:

Scratch that!

Every hiker needs these tips, regardless of the date on the calendar!

And because UV damage to skin is a very real problem for hikers, use these sun burn avoidance tips, year round, regardless of skin tone.

  • Cover up, every time, no matter what.


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