Relax on the Beach or Fairways with SPF-30 Mineral Sunscreen Lipstick
Tricia Trimble turned to sunscreen in a big way after her mother died of melanoma. But she found that most of the sunscreens on the market use chemical UV blockers and contain what she considers toxic ingredients. “It didn’t make sense to use these types of sunscreens to prevent skin cancer only to get another kind of cancer,” she said.
A California esthetician, Trimble spent years working with chemists to develop Suntegrity, her own line of natural mineral sunscreen and other skin care items designed to help prevent skin cancer.
With Michigan summer and golf season revving up, I’d been searching for a lipstick with SPF when I happened upon Suntegrity’s newest product, Lip C.P.R., — Color, Protect, Revive. It’s described as a natural sunscreen lipstick with broad spectrum SPF-30.
Available in eight colors, from Sunrise Peach and Sunny Blush to Sable Shade and Plum Eclipse, it’s formulated with pure pigment, not dye, for rich, creamy color, plus zinc oxide (18 percent) for mineral-based sun protection without chemical UV blockers.
The lipstick is infused with lip-repair lipids and konjac root wrinkle-filling “spheres” that, according to the packaging, reduce the look of fine lines. Hydrating organic ingredients shea butter, coco butter and jojoba oil — combine for a smooth, velvety lip feel.
At first, I could taste the telltale zinc oxide of my childhood and also got a hint of sweetness from the addition of stevia. But I soon got used to both. Suntegrity’s Lip C.P.R. makes me feel healthy and virtuous knowing that it contains zero mineral oils or synthetic dyes and no parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, sulfates and chemical UV absorbers.
The fact that it is vegan, made in the U.S., and free of gluten, dairy, wheat and GMO is like icing on the cake.
My new best friend has a shimmering finish, comes in a slim silver tube and sells for $28. It’s available online from suntegrityskincare.com/products and in some retail boutiques.