Whether it’s your go-to gloss or your favorite red lipstick, you probably have a signature lip color. But while the flattering formula is tempting, what you actually need to swipe on daily is a lip balm with SPF. “Sunscreen is important for lips because they are prone to sunburn and skin cancer just as the skin is,” explains David E. Bank, MD, dermatologist and director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery. “Lips have almost no melanin, which is a pigment that protects against UV radiation.”
Because of your pout’s delicate disposition, it’s a hotspot for skin cancer. “The most common types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma,” he says. “Per the Skin Cancer Foundation, it’s more common on the lower lip.” Because of this, Dr. Bank recommends reapplying a lip product (ideally with SPF 30 or higher) at least every two hours — and any time after you’re eating, drinking, talking, or licking the lips. It’s also crucial to wear it under any shiny glosses or lipsticks since, according to Dr. Bank, the sheen from the oil will attract the sun’s rays, amplifying UV damage.
So, exactly what balms should you stock up on this summer? Check out these top notch lip protectors.
Its hydrating duo of coconut oil and shea butter keeps lips from cracking while leaving behind a sheer tint of color that pops against all skin tones.
Everyone’s favorite spherical lip balm now has a beach-ready formula that’s sweat and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.
Between natural fruit butters, a added vitamin and antioxidants, and its refreshing vanilla peppermint scent, you’ll be addicted to reapplying this creamy balm.
Can’t part with your signature lipstick? Apply this over your lip color like a top coat to turn it into a non-sticky, splash-proof SPF 50.
Recommended by dermatologists and the Skin Cancer Foundation alike, this silky lip moisturizer prevents sun damage and deeply moisturizes, thanks to olive oil and vitamin E.
For a subtle touch of nude color, apply this mineral balm that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Fans of Fresh’s cult-classic sugar treatment will love this sportier version of the balm. Not only does is provide the same silky-soft moisturizing benefits, but it also provides UV protection. The best part: It can be used on your face or around the eyes too.
If you’re a lip balm minimalist, keep a tube of this classic stick handy since it has eleven different moisturizing ingredients and SPF 12.
With continued use, this tinted SPF (that comes in six shades) improves your pout’s softness, rosy-ness levels, and overall appearance.
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