Lipsticks are excellent photoprotection

January 1, 2014

Opaque lipsticks provide better photoprotection than SPF-containing lip balms because they have an unlimited SPF and excellent substantivity.

 

Q. Do lipsticks protect against lip sun damage?

A. Lipsticks provide excellent photoprotection if they are completely opaque. As a matter of fact, opaque lipsticks provide better photoprotection than SPF-containing lip balms because they have an unlimited SPF and excellent substantivity. Substantivity is the ability of the lipstick to remain in place on the lip. Products that stay on better provide superior longer-lasting photoprotection. The best lip sunscreen for female patients with actinic chelitis is an opaque lipstick.

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