Coconut Pineapple Lip Balm SPF 15

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$3.49 - 0.15 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm With Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/26/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This lip balm may taste like a piña colada, but choosing a lip balm based on flavor isn't a good idea because it encourages lip-licking, which worsens chapping.

Flavor issue aside, the real problem is that the sunscreen actives in this lip balm do not provide sufficient UVA protection, leaving your lips vulnerable to the sun's most aging rays (see More Info for further details). The bottom line: This inexpensive lip balm isn't worth considering.

Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Does not provide sufficient UVA protection, which is essential for protecting your lips form the sun's most aging rays.
  • Pineapple-coconut flavor encourages lip-licking, which can worsen chapping.

More Info:

This lip balm is not recommended because it does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun's entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits. The sun's UVB rays cause sunburn and the SPF number reflects that protection, but there is no rating for the sun's silent, though more penetrating (and in many ways more damaging), UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as "active" to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources:Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).

Naturally smooth, soothe and protect chapped lips with organic ingredients. It works quickly to return your lips to a happy state with SPF 15 and tasty coconut and pineapple flavor!

Active: Octinoxate, Oxybenzone Other: Canola Oil, Organic Beeswax, Soy Lecithin, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Coconut Cream Flavor, Coconut Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Aloe Vera, Lysine, Royal Jelly, Propolis

Lining the shelves of many health food stores and the "natural" skin-care aisles of quite a few national grocery store chains is this sweetly named line of skin-care products. Similar to competitor Burt's Bees (where Burt himself sold handmade products out of the back of his pickup truck), the owners of Kiss My Face are also vegetarians. (What does dietary preference have to do with skin care? We don't know, but it's mentioned several times in the information about this company.) Also similar to Burt's Bees, the founders of Kiss My Face started on a farm and took their products and concept to the big city, where it was well received.

Of course, the farm setting juxtaposed with the urban success speaks to the company's desire to maintain their natural image, despite using several ingredients that aren't natural in the least. If anything, many of the natural ingredients Kiss My Face chooses are a problem for skin because they cause irritation. Even more upsetting is that they do so without exerting a benefit. The company claims to use the latest scientific research mixed with the best nature has to offer, saying that doesn't leave any room for "unnecessary chemical additives," but there is a lot of research about all kinds of ingredients, natural and synthetic, that indicates they are excellent for skin. Kiss My Face must be doing some inadequate or extremely limited research.

What Kiss My Face lacks is a product range that keeps up with state-of-the-art options from neighboring lines in the mass market. We are leery of any skin-care company that claims to be using the latest research and yet sells sunscreens without reliable UVA protection, toners with irritants, and far more bar soaps, which are also a problem for skin, than water-soluble cleansers. Again, what research are they using? Although the natural slant here is more a front than factual, there are some winning products to consider, and the price point is very attractive, as is the simple packaging. Shopping Kiss My Face carefully can result in some great beauty bargains.

For more information about Kiss My Face, call 845-360-2060 or visit www.kissmyface.com.

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