The One Place You’re Not Using SPF — But Should Be

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The tops of the ears, the back of the neck, between the shoulder blades: What sounds like a G-rated version of that Khia song is also a list of the easy-to-miss spots derms always remind us to hit with SPF. But our lips? They're incredibly easy to neglect, which, according to the experts, could be dangerous.

"SPF on the lips is important," says board-certified dermatologist Michael Swann, MD. "Lips are actually a common place for skin cancers, and because the barrier function of the skin on the lips is less vigorous, these tumors can quickly behave more aggressively than the same tumors in other locations."

That's a scary way of saying don't skip the lips, even if they don't tend to immediately burn or freckle. "While lips do have some extra color, which people often translate as protection from the sun, it's rarely melanin," says board-certified dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD, referring to the protective pigment in skin. "Applying SPF to the lips is a crucial part of your SPF routine."

Luckily, taking a second to protect your pout is as easy as applying the right lip color — just heed Dr. Grossman's tips to be sure you're doing it right. Naturally, you know SPF 30 is best, but most lip SPFs ring in lower. "[Finding an SPF 30 or above] can be a bit tricky, as many are 15 to 20," Dr. Grossman says. Her tip? Do your best to pick something high in SPF, but know the most important factor is reapplying. "Find something that you are happy to put on frequently — like every hour or so."

Diligent application is a lot easier when you're smoothing on a killer color, not a chalky paste. So we've rounded up our favorite lip shades that also protect, from an everyday rosy gloss to vibrant, look-at-me hues that are just as pretty post-sunset.

Ahead, our favorite SPF-packed lip colors to carry you through summer and beyond.

There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h3>Solid & Striped Sun Lip Balm SPF 45</h3> <br>The brand behind some of the cutest swimwear around also makes skin-care products, including this SPF-infused lip balm.<br><br><strong>Solid & Striped</strong> Sun Lip Balm SPF 45, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.olivela.com%2Fproducts%2Fsolid-striped-sun-lip-balm-spf-45-251150" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Olivela" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Olivela</a><br>

Solid & Striped Sun Lip Balm SPF 45


The brand behind some of the cutest swimwear around also makes skin-care products, including this SPF-infused lip balm.

Solid & Striped Sun Lip Balm SPF 45, $, available at Olivela
<h3>Vanicream Lip Protectant SPF 30</h3> <br>Affordable? Check. Hydrating? Check. Sun-protective? Check. This gentle formula is a favorite of dermatologists and is free of fragrances, gluten, parabens, and preservatives.<br><br><strong>Vanicream</strong> Lip Protectant SPF 30, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lovelyskin.com%2Fo%2Fvanicream-lip-protectant-spf-30%3Fselect%3D15246" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LovelySkin.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LovelySkin.com</a><br>

Vanicream Lip Protectant SPF 30


Affordable? Check. Hydrating? Check. Sun-protective? Check. This gentle formula is a favorite of dermatologists and is free of fragrances, gluten, parabens, and preservatives.

Vanicream Lip Protectant SPF 30, $, available at LovelySkin.com
<h3>Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30<br></h3> <br>This ultra-smooth hydrating balm is one you'll want to swipe on all summer long, thanks to SPF 30 protection and a rainbow of pretty tinted shades.<br><br><strong>Kiehl's</strong> Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fbutterstick-lip-treatment-spf-25-P422274" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a><br>

Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30


This ultra-smooth hydrating balm is one you'll want to swipe on all summer long, thanks to SPF 30 protection and a rainbow of pretty tinted shades.

Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30, $, available at Sephora
<h3>Revlon Kiss Balm Lip Balm</h3> <br>Revlon's SPF tinted chubby stick balm comes in five sheer shades and is infused with juicy fruit oils.<br><br><strong>Revlon</strong> Kiss Balm Lip Balm, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fkiss-balm-lip-balm%3FproductId%3DxlsImpprod15361049%26sku%3D2501419" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a><br>

Revlon Kiss Balm Lip Balm


Revlon's SPF tinted chubby stick balm comes in five sheer shades and is infused with juicy fruit oils.

Revlon Kiss Balm Lip Balm, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h3>Supergoop! MintFusion Lip Balm SPF 30<br></h3> <br>Deep, instant hydration (and an <a href="https://amzn.to/37EiME4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:optional tint" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">optional tint</a>) is just what we need before, during, and after a day in the sun.<br><br><strong>Supergoop!</strong> Mintfusion Lip Balm SPF 30, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.verishop.com%2Fsupergoop%2Flip-balm%2Fmintfusion-lip-balm-spf-30%2Fp1831195279395%3Fvariant_id%3D15355454128163" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Verishop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Verishop</a><br>

Supergoop! MintFusion Lip Balm SPF 30


Deep, instant hydration (and an optional tint) is just what we need before, during, and after a day in the sun.

Supergoop! Mintfusion Lip Balm SPF 30, $, available at Verishop
<h3>Sun Bum SPF 15 Tinted Lip Balm</h3> <br>Cruelty-free and oxybenzone-free, these tinted balms are the perfect accessory for a beach day.<br><br><strong>Sun Bum</strong> Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2P8QCuf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Sun Bum SPF 15 Tinted Lip Balm


Cruelty-free and oxybenzone-free, these tinted balms are the perfect accessory for a beach day.

Sun Bum Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15, $, available at Amazon
<h3>eos Shea + SPF Sphere Lip Balm</h3> <br>Same adorable packaging, new SPF formulas. Eos' round lip balms are <em>finally</em> available in a sunscreen-infused formula, making them the ultimate on-the-go beauty item. <br><br><strong>eos</strong> Shea + SPF Sphere Lip Balm, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/39OrgK2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

eos Shea + SPF Sphere Lip Balm


Same adorable packaging, new SPF formulas. Eos' round lip balms are finally available in a sunscreen-infused formula, making them the ultimate on-the-go beauty item.

eos Shea + SPF Sphere Lip Balm, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15<br></h3> <br>Fresh's classic Sugar balm comes in a rainbow of colors — 12 and counting — all of which feel amazing, smell heavenly, and offer a hint of a Popsicle-stained tint.<br><br><strong>Fresh</strong> Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fsugar-lip-treatment-spf-15-P57002" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Fresh" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Fresh</a><br>

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15


Fresh's classic Sugar balm comes in a rainbow of colors — 12 and counting — all of which feel amazing, smell heavenly, and offer a hint of a Popsicle-stained tint.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, $, available at Fresh
<h3>Lip Smackers Kiss Therapy SPF 30 Lip Balm</h3> <br>The bright red tube of shimmery lip balm that would never leave your backpack has gotten a sunscreen makeover in the form of this SPF 30 balm.<br><br><strong>Lip Smackers</strong> Kiss Therapy SPF 30 Lip Balm, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Flip-smacker-kiss-therapy-spf-30-lip-balm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a><br>

Lip Smackers Kiss Therapy SPF 30 Lip Balm


The bright red tube of shimmery lip balm that would never leave your backpack has gotten a sunscreen makeover in the form of this SPF 30 balm.

Lip Smackers Kiss Therapy SPF 30 Lip Balm, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<h3>Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm Stick SPF 20</h3> <br>Baby Lips' bright hues and smooth texture has made it a best seller. (Also, it doesn't hurt that the packaging is <em>très</em> cute.) The brand's bestselling clear formula, Quenched, hydrates and plumps lips while providing a veil of SPF 20 protection.<br><br><strong>Maybelline</strong> Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, SPF 20, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.iherb.com%2Fpr%2FMaybelline-Baby-Lips-Moisturizing-Lip-Balm-SPF-20-05-Quenched-0-15-oz-4-4-g%2F93306" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:iHerb" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">iHerb</a><br>

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm Stick SPF 20


Baby Lips' bright hues and smooth texture has made it a best seller. (Also, it doesn't hurt that the packaging is très cute.) The brand's bestselling clear formula, Quenched, hydrates and plumps lips while providing a veil of SPF 20 protection.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, SPF 20, $, available at iHerb
<h3>Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm</h3> <br>Neutrogena's balm in Sunny Berry is an editor favorite for its hydrating, non-sticky finish and light wash of color. What feels like a quenching balm stays put like a powerful tint.<br><br><strong>Neutrogena</strong> Revitalizing Tinted Lip Balm, SPF 20, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walmart.com%2Fip%2FNeutrogena-Revitalizing-Tinted-Lip-Balm-SPF-20-Sunny-Berry-15-oz%2F19477072" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Walmart" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Walmart</a><br>

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm


Neutrogena's balm in Sunny Berry is an editor favorite for its hydrating, non-sticky finish and light wash of color. What feels like a quenching balm stays put like a powerful tint.

Neutrogena Revitalizing Tinted Lip Balm, SPF 20, $, available at Walmart
<h3>Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25<br></h3> <br>Don't just reserve your protective lip balm for PTO days spent in the sun. Consider keeping an emollient balm by your side for in-flight travel, too. Believe it or not, the potential for <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/airplane-skin-tips" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sun damage is high while on plane" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sun damage is high while on plane</a> — especially if you scored the window seat.<br><br><strong>Jack Black</strong> Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fintense-therapy-lip-balm-spf-25-P12573" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a><br>

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25


Don't just reserve your protective lip balm for PTO days spent in the sun. Consider keeping an emollient balm by your side for in-flight travel, too. Believe it or not, the potential for sun damage is high while on plane — especially if you scored the window seat.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25, $, available at Sephora
<h3>Moroccanoil Lip Balm SPF 20</h3> <br>Although this balm feels as hydrating as an overnight mask, the finish — and feel — still remains nearly undetectable on lips.<br><br><strong>Moroccanoil</strong> Lip Balm SPF 20, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/37IN2O1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

Moroccanoil Lip Balm SPF 20


Although this balm feels as hydrating as an overnight mask, the finish — and feel — still remains nearly undetectable on lips.

Moroccanoil Lip Balm SPF 20, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Coola Mineral Liplux SPF 30 Organic Tinted Lip</h3> <br>Formulated with organic cupuaçu butter and mongongo oil, this rosy tinted balm offers up a creamy texture and tint that looks natural and wards off burns.<br><br><strong>Coola</strong> Tinted Mineral Liplux SPF 30, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lovelyskin.com%2Fo%2Fcoola-mineral-liplux-spf-30-organic-tinted-lip%3Fselect%3D32121" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LovelySkin.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">LovelySkin.com</a><br>

Coola Mineral Liplux SPF 30 Organic Tinted Lip


Formulated with organic cupuaçu butter and mongongo oil, this rosy tinted balm offers up a creamy texture and tint that looks natural and wards off burns.

Coola Tinted Mineral Liplux SPF 30, $, available at LovelySkin.com
<h3>SweatWELLth Lip Quench<br></h3> <br>Formulated with SPF 25, electrolytes, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E, this tinted balm conditions while protecting like a pro.<br><br><strong>SweatWELLth</strong> Lip Quench Electrolyte Balm w/SPF 25, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/2SWa1Qs" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

SweatWELLth Lip Quench


Formulated with SPF 25, electrolytes, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E, this tinted balm conditions while protecting like a pro.

SweatWELLth Lip Quench Electrolyte Balm w/SPF 25, $, available at Amazon
<h3>Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss<br></h3> <br>Something that makes us look good, feel hydrated, <em>and </em>avoid sunburn? Sold.<br><br><strong>Trish McEvoy</strong> Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbluemercury.com%2Fcollections%2Fmakeup-best-seller%2Fproducts%2Ftrish-mcevoy-beauty-booster-spf-15-lip-gloss" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bluemercury" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bluemercury</a><br>

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss


Something that makes us look good, feel hydrated, and avoid sunburn? Sold.

Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss, $, available at Bluemercury
<h3>Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15<br></h3> <br>Following a strict vegan and <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2017/11/179656/best-vegan-cruelty-free-makeup-skin-care" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:cruelty-free beauty routine" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">cruelty-free beauty routine</a>? This is the moisturizing lip balm for you.<br><br><strong>Jane Iredale</strong> LipDrink® Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fjane-iredale-lipdrink-lip-balm-broad-spectrum-spf-15%2F3116476%2Ffull" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a><br>

Jane Iredale LipDrink Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15


Following a strict vegan and cruelty-free beauty routine? This is the moisturizing lip balm for you.

Jane Iredale LipDrink® Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $, available at Nordstrom
<h3>Elta MD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 31<br></h3> <br>Dr. Grossman and Dr. Swann both recommend this hydrating formula as a "topcoat" on days when you want to sport your favorite non-SPF lip colors. In fact, this is both derms' top lip-protection recc!<br><br><strong>EltaMD</strong> UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermstore.com%2Fproduct_UV%2BLip%2BBalm%2BBroadSpectrum%2BSPF%2B31_49751.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DermStore" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">DermStore</a><br>

Elta MD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 31


Dr. Grossman and Dr. Swann both recommend this hydrating formula as a "topcoat" on days when you want to sport your favorite non-SPF lip colors. In fact, this is both derms' top lip-protection recc!

EltaMD UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31, $, available at DermStore
<h3>Paula's Choice LipScreen SPF 50</h3> <br>The masterminds behind the beloved BHA exfoliating toner also know a thing or two when it comes to taking care of your lips with jojoba oil and SPF 50 protection.<br><br><strong>Paula's Choice</strong> LipScreen SPF 50, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermstore.com%2Fproduct_LipScreen%2BSPF%2B50_65342.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DermStore" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">DermStore</a><br>

Paula's Choice LipScreen SPF 50


The masterminds behind the beloved BHA exfoliating toner also know a thing or two when it comes to taking care of your lips with jojoba oil and SPF 50 protection.

Paula's Choice LipScreen SPF 50, $, available at DermStore
<strong>Color: </strong>Clear <br> <strong>Finish: </strong>Demi-matte <br> <strong>SPF:</strong> 35 <br><br>Let's be real for a moment: It's hard to pull off a bold lip color when it's hot and sticky outside. If you're after hydration and protection, however, then this SPF 35 balm is for you. And when it comes to sunscreen, Shiseido does not mess around.<br><br><strong>Shiseido </strong>Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 35, $24, available at <a href="http://www.shiseido.com/sun-protection-lip-treatment/0730852125599,en_US,pd.html?cm_mmc=SEM-_-Google-_-PLA-_-PLA&gclid=CPi8yL3T5dQCFcKPswodq1oLmg&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CJ7-z73T5dQCFVAFNwod3psJ4Q" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shiseido" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shiseido</a>.<br><br><br><br>
Color: Clear
Finish: Demi-matte
SPF: 35

Let's be real for a moment: It's hard to pull off a bold lip color when it's hot and sticky outside. If you're after hydration and protection, however, then this SPF 35 balm is for you. And when it comes to sunscreen, Shiseido does not mess around.

Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 35, $24, available at Shiseido.



<strong>Color:</strong> Buildable <br> <strong>Finish: </strong>Demi-matte <br> <strong>SPF: </strong>15 <br><br>This lightweight, tinted balm, which is made of 65% organic ingredients (and 100% cruelty-free ones), goes on sheer and builds easily for a more intense wash of color. It comes in three flattering, versatile, and decidedly summer-ready shades.<br><br><strong>Ilia </strong>Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15, $28, available at <a href="http://www.sephora.com/tinted-lip-conditioner-spf-15-P419129?skuId=1948074&icid2=products%20grid:p419129" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>.<br><br><br><br>
Color: Buildable
Finish: Demi-matte
SPF: 15

This lightweight, tinted balm, which is made of 65% organic ingredients (and 100% cruelty-free ones), goes on sheer and builds easily for a more intense wash of color. It comes in three flattering, versatile, and decidedly summer-ready shades.

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15, $28, available at Sephora.



<strong>Color:</strong> Subtle <br> <strong>Finish:</strong> Glossy <br> <strong>SPF: </strong>15 <br><br>Perricone MD's entry into makeup includes a variety of subtle, SPF-packed everyday products, including this light and universally flattering petal-pink gloss.<br><br><strong>Perricone MD</strong> No Makeup Lipgloss, $30, available at <a href="https://www.perriconemd.com/no-makeup-skincare/lips/no-makeup-lipgloss-MP0062.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Perricone MD" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Perricone MD</a>.<br><br><br><br>
Color: Subtle
Finish: Glossy
SPF: 15

Perricone MD's entry into makeup includes a variety of subtle, SPF-packed everyday products, including this light and universally flattering petal-pink gloss.

Perricone MD No Makeup Lipgloss, $30, available at Perricone MD.



<strong>Color: </strong>Bold <br> <strong>Finish: </strong>Satin <br> <strong>SPF: </strong>20 <br><br>This lipstick slides on like balm, yet has surprisingly opaque color payoff. One layer offers an even veil of coverage; two will make a big impact.<br><br><strong>Sephora Collection</strong> Rouge Balm SPF 20, $13, available at <a href="http://www.sephora.com/rouge-balm-spf-20-P406219?skuId=1759729&icid2=search_search_p406219_image" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>.<br><br><br><br>
Color: Bold
Finish: Satin
SPF: 20

This lipstick slides on like balm, yet has surprisingly opaque color payoff. One layer offers an even veil of coverage; two will make a big impact.

Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20, $13, available at Sephora.



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    I’m going to kick this off with two statements that are likely beyond obvious to you (unless you’ve spent the first half of 2020 living off the land in the desolate wilderness with nothing but a penknife and a ball of cord to keep you company, à la My Side of The Mountain). You should be wearing a mask. And it’s freaking hot outside. What do these two things have to do with other? Well, wearing a mask in the heat is a pain. Masks can get sweaty, feel stuffy, and can even leave us with a heat rash.“It’s worth acknowledging that masks are uncomfortable, especially when it’s hot and humid,” says Nate Favini, MD, medical lead at Forward, a concierge medical service. “They’re annoying, and I don’t think we should pretend that’s not true. I’m empathetic — but it doesn’t mean that wearing a mask isn’t crucial.” Because the fact is, face masks work. They reduce transmission, helping to curb the spread of coronavirus and to quite literally save lives. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an increasing number of cases, so it’s more important than ever to wear a mask,” says Natasha Bhuyan, MD, One Medical’s regional medical director. “Until we have a vaccine, widespread masks are our best defense against this virus.”But when it’s hot and sticky outside, and the humid air you’re exhaling is getting trapped by your mask, things might get a little stifling, admits Dr. Bhuyan. (To be clear: While there’s a myth circulating that wearing a mask can lower oxygen levels, it’s not true. Doctors and nurses wear them all day long, and they’re doing okay. “Even though we are exhaling carbon dioxide, it already exists in the environment… Wearing the mask does not increase this risk,” Dr. Bhuyan says.)So, yes, wearing a face mask on a 100-degree day is still worth it. And to make it easier on you, we asked doctors for their best tips for staying comfortable while doing your civic duty and covering your face in steamy temps. Get a more breathable mask. Choose one that has more structure than those that lie flat against your mouth. But Dr. Favini cautions that the more breathable a mask is, the less protection it may offer to the people around you. “There’s the tension of wanting people to have masks that are more comfortable versus wanting them to have ones that are more effective.” So if you’re going to be indoors and/or around others, wear a more effective mask, even if it makes you feel hotter. (Or layer up. Which brings us to…)Choose the right material. This is especially important if you’re getting heat rashes from your mask. “Consider fabrics that are either natural, like cotton, or synthetic fabrics that wick away sweat, such as fabric found in exercise clothing,” says Ted Lain, MD, dermatologist and chief medical officer at Sanova Dermatology. “The latest recommendation is to use multiple layers of fabric to produce the most effective protective barrier to the virus, so instead of using a thick cotton, consider a thinner cotton fabric but layering it.”Bring backups. A sweaty mask stinks — literally and figuratively. So have a few fresh ones in your bag. That way if you sweat through one, you’ll have another at the ready. This can make you more comfortable, and prevent breakouts. “Sweating and the humidity in the mask area certainly can lead to a dermatitis, or even an acne breakout,” says Dr. Lain. Pack each extra in a clean, sealable plastic baggie so it won’t be exposed to any germs before you slip it on your face.Time your “chin strap” moments. Sure, if you’re totally alone, then it’s fine to pull your mask down and take a few deep breaths. But then pull it back up, Dr. Favini says: “Wearing your mask down around your chin is like having a condom and leaving it on the nightstand while you have sex.” Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

  • The Penumbral Eclipse Will Look Subtle — But Its Effects Are Major

    This weekend, we’ll be experiencing a lunar eclipse; specifically, a penumbral lunar eclipse. We’ve already talked a little bit about what that means for you astrologically, but… what exactly is the event, astronomically speaking? A regular ol’ lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth blocks the sun’s light as it reflects off the moon. This can only happen during a full moon, and there are three kinds of lunar eclipses: total, partial, and penumbral.A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth completely blocks the sun’s light from the moon. During a partial lunar eclipse, the Earth partially blocks the sun from the moon. A penumbral lunar eclipse is a little more subtle. “During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the sun, Earth, and the moon are imperfectly aligned in a row,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. “The Earth blocks some of the sun’s light from directly reaching the moon’s surface, and covers all or part of the moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as the penumbra.” What this looks like: You might notice a faint shadow cast over part of the moon’s surface. Like we said — subtle. Lunar eclipses are cool astronomical events, full stop. But the reason they get so many attention in the astrology world is because they involve the two luminaries that affect our lives the most — the sun and the moon, Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com and Horoscope.com, tells Refinery29. “Eclipses are turbo-charged lunations and the way the Universe creates change in our lives,” she says.Similar to a full moon, a penumbral lunar eclipse brings along endings — sometimes in a way that makes them feel almost like destiny, Montúfar says. “What’s tricky about these eclipses is that those endings will not happen immediately, as they develop over the course of the next six months,” she explains. “And when they end something, they also begin something new, too.” Think of a penumbral lunar eclipse as the celestial version of the famous saying, “When one door closes, another one opens.”Eclipses affect us individually, bringing positive or negative events, depending on what the particular eclipse does in our personal chart, according to Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com. “Sometimes an eclipse is dramatic, or reveals important information if it aspects a significant point in your own chart,” she says. “An eclipse often brings news pertaining to life’s biggest events, and our most significant life happenings often occur close to an eclipse.”Eclipses are often described as wild cards. Montúfar says that the best way to handle their arrival is to be aware that anything’s possible, and to focus on going with the flow, since many of the changes they bring to our lives are non-negotiable. “It’s not rare to feel very emotional during the days surrounding a lunar eclipse, since the energy of the moon is at its highest,” Montúfar notes. During the days leading up to a penumbral lunar eclipse, simplify your schedules. Figure out where your energy and attention is most needed, and let go of anything holding you back. Also, give yourself a lot of time to rest and relax.Ultimately, penumbral eclipses can bring along much-needed change, or shine light on new and exciting opportunities. Pay attention, and take the time during this kind of eclipse to put you and your needs first.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?This Mercury Retrograde, Prepare To Fight