This Sunday marks the official first day of summer. While it’s not en vogue to admit that you like to tan, it is becoming more popular to amp up the SPF. Whether you prefer oils, creams or sprays, you probably forget to apply sunscreen to some oft-forgotten places when the noon sun starts to cook beach-goers.
Your lips are one of the most vulnerable and most exposed areas and, often, the most forgotten. Habitually slathering on a balm without added SPF protection multiple times a day can significantly increase your risk of developing cancer. Worse, the high gloss lacquered lip (the look I prefer) trend only magnifies this risk. L’Occitane recently launched the Peony Tinted Lip Balm Rose Plum ($16), which protects with SPF 25. The berry-tinged balm has a shea butter base to give lips a nice cushy feel and offers up 8-hour hydration while depositing enough color to make it look like you’re wearing a medium coverage lipstick.
Skinceuticals Physical Eye UV Defense SPF 50 ($30) deserves kudos for its titanium dioxide sunscreen and silky-cream texture. The state-of-the-art ingredients include a 100% mineral base, which minimizes any sensitivity or stinging around the eye area. I got a subtle tint from the cream but liked that this actually created a soft primer for makeup. I noted that the treatment offered very little moisture and instead worked better when layered over an eye cream. Otherwise, any crepiness will be enhanced.
Speaking of fine lines, no other place on the body shows off your true age like the hands. Dermatologists point out that our hands are constantly exposed to everything from driving to detergent, and many people simply neglect to take care of them until it is too late. Tuck a tube of Ahava Age Perfecting Hand Cream ($32) into the tote. This thick cream is boosted with Brown Algae to help prevent dark spot formation while Dead Sea minerals treat up dehydrated skin.