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Product summary

We do not recommend "Blistex - Medicated Berry Lip Balm with SPF 15, 3 Sticks per Pack" because it does not provide good UVA protection. UVA sun rays don't burn the skin, but they still lead to photoaging and hyperpigmentation.

Sunscreen filters

This is a "mixed" sunscreen in the sense that it uses both mineral and organic (so-called "chemical") sun filters. Here are the organic filters this product uses: oxybenzone. As for the mineral filters, this sunscreen uses titanium dioxide.

Irritation risk

We assess the overall irritancy of it to be high. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Price

The product retails for 2.84$ in the United States.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

WIMJ summary for sun protection

This product does not offer good protection against UVA rays.

Organic filters
Ingredient UVB UVA I UVA II Stability
benzophenone-3
Offers UVB protection
Does not offer UVA I protection
Offers UVA II protection
Is photo stable
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Blistex Medicated Berry Lip Balm helps prevent dryness and chapping."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: beeswax, dimethicone.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: lanolin, paraffinum liquidum

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Sun protection
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 75/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
benzophenone-3
Has skin benefit
camphor
does not have skin benefit
parfum
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
2%
Declared
Same as oxybenzone. Protects in the UVB and short UVA range. In small concentrations, used to stabilize product formulation. Can be irritating. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can penetrate the skin and get absorbed into bloodstream faster than other popular filters available in the US. The study that produced this finding did not address any potential health effects of the absorption
2.5%
Declared
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
23% - 34%
5.2% - 7.8%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
3% - 4.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and is used to improve product texture and stability
3.9% - 5.9%
3.2% - 4.8%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
2% - 3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. Could be comedogenic
1.8% - 2.7%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
1.4% - 2.2%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.3% - 1.9%
Sebum of wool-bearing animals (most commonly sheep). Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce the skin water loss. In rare cases could be an allergen. Not suitable for vegans
1.1% - 1.7%
Sebum of wool-bearing animals (most commonly sheep). Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and reduce the skin water loss. In rare cases could be an allergen. Not suitable for vegans
0.9% - 1.4%
0.5% - 1.2%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
Mineral oil. One of the most effective and well studied occlusive and emollient moisturizing ingredients. Helps reduce moisture loss in skin and repair skin barrier function
0.5% - 1.2%
Used to thicken the product consistency
0.4% - 0.9%
Prevents water loss from the skin surface and thickens the product consistency
0.2% - 0.8%
One of the most effective and the most studied occlusive ingredients that creates a protective layer on top of the skin preventing moisture loss
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
A red colorant
0.1% - 0.4%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and can be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function. Might have some anti-oxidant effect
0.15% - 0.65%
Works as a UV filter when used in high concentrations. It is photostable and is effective mostly against the UVB light, with some protection in the UVA range. In small concentrations, used for its ability to improve the color of cosmetic products. Is usually well tolerated by the skin
0.1% - 0.4%

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