A review of Salt and Stone's organic lip balm which contains a non-nano broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen
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The sun can have a massive effect on our skin and one of the things that a lot of people forget about when they slap on their sunscreen lotion is their lips. Lips are always on show and when the sun is out they are right in the firing line for getting dry and sore, and in many cases a large dose of sunshine can set off a cold sore for some people (see natural ways of effectively treating a cold sore).
If you are still one of those who reaches for a mainstream lip balm that contains mineral oil or a synthetic chemical concoction for a sunscreen, step away from that product now!
Most standard lip balms contain a form of mineral oil (petroleum) and using them makes your lips drier and drier so you will find you need to keep re-applying it more and more. If you want the full explanation on why this is the case and why you need to avoid mineral oil/petroleum in your lip balm, read my review of Inika Organic Lip Balm.
I want a natural product for my lips and in summer I want one with a sunscreen as I am out and about in the sun a lot. I have tried a few natural lip balms with sun protection in them but one of the best that I have found is Salt and Stone's Organic Lip Balm with SPF30 Sunscreen.
Salt & Stone
Salt and Stone is a natural skincare brand based in Los Angeles in the USA which concentrates on producing products which are natural and organic. Their products are 100% cruelty free and made without any artificial fragrances, sulfates, silicons, petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates or artificial colors.
There are some great natural skincare companies based outside the UK and you can get a selection of products if you live in the UK from a fabulous company that I use called A Beautiful World.
Salt & Stone Lip Balm Ingredients
As you would expect, the ingredients in Salt & Stone's sunscreen lip balm are natural and extremely conditioning. However, this lip balm is NOT suitable for vegans as it contains beeswax.
Non-Nano Zinc Oxide 8%
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*
Cera Alba (Beeswax)*
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*
Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*
Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil*
Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*
The lip balm uses a non-nano zinc oxide as a sunscreen ingredient and I find that zinc oxide performs exceptionally well in both lip balms and sunscreens, and in fact I think it outperforms the chemical sunscreens on every level. I have been using a natural zinc oxide sunscreen for years and have never even gone red, whilst others in my company using high factor chemical sunscreens have gone as red as a beetroot.
Zinx oxide is a powdered mineral and sits on top of the skin acting as a physical sun block. and it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Non-nano zinc oxide means that the actual particles of zinc oxide are greater than 100 nanometers in size which means that they are unable to penetrate the skin where they could possibly enter the bloodstream.
Salt & Stone Lip Balm Review
The product itself does look light in colour, but once applied all you have is a slightly light colour on the lips with a subtle sheen to it. The product itself applies well and it actually feels like you have some lip protection on. I have tried other natural sunscreens but they really don't feel protective enough for full on sun.
One of the things I really love about this lip balm is that it stays put and you don't need to keep re-applying it. I'm often out for an hour or so walking the dog in full sun and have never had to take any lip balm out with me as it lasts so well, even if I have been drinking water. The lip balm is supposed to be water resistant for up to 80 minutes. I have not tested it in the sea but based on the fact that I can have numerous drinks of water whilst I am out and it's still in place when I get back, I'd say there is a good chance that this is correct.
All in all I find this a great product if you are going to be out with the full glare of the sun on your lips or on a beach/near water where you are at greater risk due to reflection, and for a natural and organic product, I think the price is excellent.
If you have overdone the sun and your lips are in a bit of a state, then try a jar of Aurelia London's Probiotic Lip Balm.
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