Essentials Lip Shield SPF 25

by Rodan and Fields   Essentials
Price:
$16 - 2 tube
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Category:
Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm With Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/4/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

The price for this twist-up stick lip balm with sunscreen includes two tubes, so it ends up being a good deal, especially because the formula provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA screening. The emollient, plant oil-enriched formula feels great and really does a fantastic job keeping dry, chapped lips at bay. All of the plant ingredients provide antioxidant benefit, too, and the formula also contains vitamin-based antioxidants and a peptide.

Drawbacks are minor and include fragrance and fragrant tea tree oil. Not ideal, but given the lack of great lip balms with sunscreen, these low points aren't all that bad (and tea tree oil isn't a problem unless you dislike its medicinal scent). All told, Essentials Lip Shield SPF 25 is worth a look—and its blend of active ingredients won't leave a white cast on lips.

This lip balm with sunscreen would be ideal for men, too (guys, your lips need sun protection)!

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Emollient, plant oil-rich formula conditions dry lips.
  • Keeps chapped lips at bay.
  • Portable and easy to apply.
  • No white cast left on lips.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance, which isn't ideal for lips.

This hydrating lip balm soothes, softens and protects lips from the aging and burning effects of the sun with SHIELDrf, an exclusive complex of stabilized avobenzone and anti-oxidant/anti-inflammatory colorless carotenoids for effective UVA sunscreen protection.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.5%, Homosalate 8%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.2%; Inactive Ingredients:: Beeswax, Hydrogenated Avocado Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate.

Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skin-care products. The Rodan + Fields supposedly therapeutic approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.

Lots of consumers believe that dermatologist-developed products will be the answer for their skin-care woes; but, in two words, they aren't. After reviewing dozens of so-called doctor-designed product lines, including this one, we can tell you there are no miracles to be found, and often there are some problematic products to steer clear of. Overall, many of these lines are quite comparable to other product lines without the physician headliner credentials and exorbitant prices. (Shockingly, Rodan + Fields' acne products are virtually identical to their ProActiv products, except that these cost more. We assume they thought no one would notice; perhaps they are right.)

Many consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skin-care products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, as you will see from the reviews below, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging. Considering that these are really pricey products, this is not good news.

Rodan + Fields does deserve kudos for being one of the few cosmetics companies to list the ingredients for each product on their Web site. It’s a major help for beleaguered, savvy consumers who care about this detail. Still, it would have been better all around if they offered more thoughtful, less problematic formulas.

For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.

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