Supergoop’s Balm Shelter
Even in our hyper-diligent quest to protect ourselves from the sun’s damaging rays, a few spots can get neglected. You might not think the scalp, ears, and lips need special attention, but anyone who has ever suffered the aftereffects of a burn on these sensitive areas (think: a peeling part and a super-pink, swollen pout) will tell you otherwise. “Your lips are extra sensitive to UV rays because they are covered by mucosa rather than the more protective epidermis,” dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told us, breaking out some clinical jargon. Because of this and its persistent exposure to the sun, the lower lip can even be prone to skin cancer, she added. That should be reason enough to slap some SPF on your mouth; if it’s not, Supergoop’s got another one. The surfer staple’s new Acai Fusion Lip Balm boasts SPF 30, broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays, and the free radical fighting antioxidant power of acai. Its sheer rosy tint is just an added bonus, bumping it up to a makeup bag—not just a beach bag—essential.