And we’re not talking about lead content. Or the presence of parabens.
This is something that’s probably so obvious that we don’t really think about it: the highly reflective nature of lipgloss may work to actually amplify the sun’s UV rays and, as a result, increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
But we don’t have to ditch our lipglosses or freak out about this. There’s a common sense key to staying safe: If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, make sure you’re wearing some form of SPF protection on your lips (and everywhere else, for that matter ; ).
Ideally, you should swipe on a high-level SPF lip balm before applying your lipgloss. At the minimum, make sure your lipgloss has some level of sunscreen in it.
Some SPF lipglosses that you might want to try are Clinique Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 ($14, Nordstrom), The Balm’s Balm Shelter SPF 17 Tinted Gloss ($18, Sephora) and Bare Escentuals Lip Guard SPF 15 ($14, Sephora).
Do you have a fave lipgloss or lipbalm with SPF protection? Feel free to dish in the comments, moxies ; )