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If you open up your cosmetics bag or purse around the summertime, what’s inside? Gloss, hand cream, floss, sunscreen (I would hope)? How about lip balm?
Funnily enough, the importance of protecting the lips from harmful rays has been overlooked until recently. SPF is actually crucial to the health of the skin on your lips since they have very little melanin, according to board-certified dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, M.D. As a result, the lips have minimal protection from aging and damaging UV rays.
Not only can constant exposure to the sun result in burns and patchy actinic keratosis, lip skin is also at risk for developing melanoma. And as we begin to experience the highest rates of UV exposure, shielding your precious pout from the sun is more critical than ever before.
Thankfully, 2020 has brought a bundle of newly formulated, all-natural lip products to the forefront of sun care. Below you’ll find the best balms, tinted moisturizers and a liquid gloss made from ingredients that are as good for you as they are for safeguarding against the sun.
The perfect, non-sticky clear gloss to layer over any lip colour, this SPF 50 Lip Screen by Supergoop! is also water resistant. A must have for the beach or for around the pool.
SHOP IT: Supergoop!, $22
In the case of Juice Beauty, “good things come in threes” applies to this set of lip moisturizers with SPF 8. Their reef safe formulas offer sun protection from zinc oxide and emollient plant oils, which lock moisture into the lips. Mango and passionfruit essences grace the two mineral tints, one pink and one red, as well the naturally clear balm.
SHOP IT: Juice Beauty, $14
Fair Trade coconut oil and delicious lemon butter are inside this nourishing SPF 25 lip treatment by Kiehl’s, which comes in an array of pinky shades from light to bright. Take Touch of Berry (pictured above) for example: a juicy, fruit-coloured stain that makes a statement.
SHOP IT: Kiehl’s, $26
Fresh, a cult-favourite natural cosmetics brand stationed at Sephora, recently added SPF 15 to their award-winning Sugar Lip Treatments. Meadowfoam, black currant, grapeseed, vitamin C and beeswax are among the ingredients that provide long-lasting moisture, and each candy-scented, petal-coloured shade melts like butter onto the lips. Punch is a vivid red-orange that appears as if you just took a swig of the good stuff - on ice, of course.
SHOP IT: Fresh, $24
Rich in organic omega oils and aloe to help soothe dry lips, W3ll People’s Nudist Lip Butter with SPF 15 has a softening affect. One swipe, and you’d never know the hydrating, broad spectrum formula is there.
SHOP IT: Credo Beauty, $14
Coola’s tinted Liplux balms are infused with organic cupuaçu butter and mongongo oil, which help their organic formulas go on smooth. With seasonal shade names like Nude Beach and Skinny Dip, Summer Crush is just another hole in one when it comes to natural-looking tones.
SHOP IT: Coola, $18
Sun Bum’s signature mineral-based sunscreen is recognized for providing premium protection to those who spend their days in the sun. If the Hawaiian Water Patrol, the North Shore Lifeguard Association and the Eastern Surfing Association swear by it, why not give it a try? Apply the luxurious combination of sweet almond, jojoba, shea butter, argan and vitamin E liberally for best results.
SHOP IT: Sun Bum, $4.99
SHOP IT: Hurraw!, $5
The citrusy scent of this clear balm with SPF 15 by Hurraw! is equally as pleasing as the way it glides on. Red raspberry, sea buckthorn and pomegranate oils keep the lips moisturized all day long.
Burt’s Bee’s All-Weather SPF 15 Moisturizing Lip Balm is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. Olive fruit oil, cocoa seed butter and orange peel wax make for a sumptuous spread that comes without the typical whitening appearance from natural sunscreen. Plus, it’s easy to find at your local drugstore for under $5. What more could you ask for?
SHOP IT: Burt’s Bees, $4.39