Bet You Didn't Know You Have To Put SPF HERE

The tops of the ears, the back of the neck, between the shoulder blades: What sounds like a G-rated version of that Khia song is also a list of the easy-to-miss spots derms always remind us to hit with SPF. But our lips? They're incredibly easy to neglect, which, according to the experts, could be dangerous.
"SPF on the lips is important," says board-certified dermatologist Michael Swann, MD. "Lips are actually a common place for skin cancers, and because the barrier function of the skin on the lips is less vigorous, these tumors can quickly behave more aggressively than the same tumors in other locations."
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That's a scary way of saying don't skip the lips, even if they don't tend to immediately burn or freckle. "While lips do have some extra color, which people often translate as protection from the sun, it's rarely melanin," says board-certified dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD. [Ed. note: Melanin is the protective pigment in skin.] "Applying SPF to the lips is a crucial part of your SPF routine."
Luckily, taking a second to protect your pout is as easy as applying the right lip color — just heed Dr. Grossman's tips to be sure you're doing it right. Naturally, you know SPF 30 is best, but most lip SPFs ring in lower. "[Finding an SPF 30 or above] can be a bit tricky, as many are 15 to 20," Dr. Grossman says. Her tip? Do your best to pick something high in SPF, but know the most important factor is reapplying. "Find something that you are happy to put on frequently — like every hour or so."
Diligent application is a lot easier when you're smoothing on a killer color, not a chalky paste. So we've rounded up our favorite lip shades that also protect, from an everyday rosy gloss to vibrant, look-at-me hues that are just as pretty post-sunset.
Ahead, our favorite SPF-packed lip colors to carry you through summer and beyond.
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Color: Subtle
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 18

This balm doesn't just leave a pretty wash of color on the lips, it's also loaded with hydrating and nourishing olive oil and vitamin E.

All Good Lips Tinted SPF 18 in Barnabe Rose, $4.99, available at All Good.
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Color: Bold
Finish: Satin
SPF: 20

This lipstick slides on like balm, yet has surprisingly opaque color payoff. One layer offers an even veil of coverage; two will make a big impact.

Sephora Collection Rouge Balm SPF 20 in Mild Plum, $12.50, available at Sephora.
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Color: Subtle
Finish: Glossy
SPF: 15

Perricone MD's entry into makeup includes a variety of subtle, SPF-packed everyday products, including this light and universally flattering petal-pink gloss.

Perricone MD No Lipgloss Lipgloss, $30, available at Sephora.
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Color: Vibrant
Finish: Satin
SPF: 12

Lancôme's pigment-packed lipsticks are incredibly vibrant and light, with a classic satiny finish. We prefer Rose Lancôme, a juicy berry that flatters a surprisingly wide range of skin tones.

Lancôme Mythical Rose L'Absolu Rouge Collection, $30.50, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Color: Subtle
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 20

Neutrogena's balm in Sunny Berry is an editor favorite for its hydrating, non-sticky finish and light wash of color. What feels like a quenching balm stays put like a powerful tint.

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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Color: Subtle
Finish: Glossy
SPF: 20

This creamy gloss gives lips a hit of shine with the feel-good powers of a medicated balm.

StriVectin CC Anti-Aging Lip Tint SPF 20, $19, available at Skin1.
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Color: Medium-Intensity
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 15

Another light and waxy formula, this version gives lips a sheer coat of deep mauve.

Chantecaille Lip Screen Tint SPF 15, $36, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Color: Vibrant
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 20

Baby Lips' bright hues and smooth texture has made it a best seller. (Also, the packaging is très cute.) Try Pink Punch this summer: It's a vibrant hue that's brighter than a traditional balm — but lighter than an all-out lipstick.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm, $4.49, available at Walgreens.
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Color: Subtle
Finish: Lightly Glossy
SPF: 30

Milk's already cult status line is full of wear-everywhere products, including this light-and-sheer formula. It looks like a lipstick, but melts into a glossy sheen on lips. Oh, and it's SPF 30!

Milk Makeup Balm Tint, $18, available at Sephora.
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Color: Buildable
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 15

This lightweight, tinted balm, which is made of 65% organic ingredients (and 100% cruelty-free ones), goes on sheer and builds easily for a more intense wash of color. It comes in three flattering, versatile, and decidedly summer-ready shades.

Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15, $26, available at Sephora.
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Color: Vibrant
Finish: Glossy
SPF: 15

YSL's lipstick-gloss hybrid is the ideal solution if you love lipstick but want something a tad lighter for the warm-weather months. It's bright, but soft enough to apply sans mirror. (Every hour, guys!)

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15, $37, available at Sephora.
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Color: Subtle
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 15

Fresh's classic Sugar balm comes in a rainbow of colors — 12 and counting — all of which feel amazing, smell heavenly, and offer a hint of a Popsicle-stained tint.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, $24, available at Sephora.
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Color: None
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 31

Yes, this is a lip-color story, but Dr. Grossman and Dr. Swann both recommend this hydrating formula as a "topcoat" on days when you want to sport your favorite non-SPF lip colors. In fact, this is both derms' top lip-protection recc!

Elta MD UV Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 31, $10, available at DermStore.
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Color: Subtle
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 30

Not only is the packaging so pretty in pink, but the lightweight, balmy finish is just what we need for the hottest days of the season. Bonus: The formula looks slightly different on everyone, since it adjusts to your body's individual chemistry.

Dior Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm, $33, available at Sephora.
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Color: Clear
Finish: Balmy
SPF: 35

Let's be real for a moment: It's hard to pull off a bold lip color when it's hot and sticky outside. If you're after hydration and protection, however, then this SPF 35 balm is for you. And when it comes to sunscreen, Shiseido does not mess around.

Shiseido Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 35, $22, available at Shiseido.
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