I was packing for a trip that my husband and I were taking to Monterey, when I realized that I had no sunscreen for my lips to take with me. A month prior, I had given my tube of KaplanMD Lip 20 to my mother and had neglected to order myself a replacement. The day before our trip, Marta's VIP Review Product arrived (all of us VIPs should have gotten something to review), and my VIP product happened to be a tube of Dermophisiologique Optyma Lip Perfect. The timing on this was absolutely 'Perfect'!

Dermophisiologique Optyma Lip Perfect was going to be put to a real road test: 24 hours of exposure to harsh sun and wind, on the back of my husband's Harley! 8 hours outside day one, another 8 tootling around day two, and then 8 more for the ride home. The first coat went on before we left the house and it was creamy, highly moisturizing and pleasant to wear. No smell, no taste, no color. KaplanMD’s Lip 20 is sufficient for normal in and out sun activities, but I appreciate Lip Perfect’s SPF 30 on days when I might need a bit more. Husband and I arrived home late Sunday with my face pink from exposure. My husband's lips were comically bright red, but my lips, well they were quite perfect since they’d been well-shielded.

At first glance, Dermophisiologique Optyma Lip Perfect's ingredients looked chemically scary and intimidating. Feeding them into the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Database, however, changed my mind. With exception of alumina, aluminum stearate and phenoxyethanol, the ingredients came up surprisingly gentle with ratings of 1 to 0. Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e) gets a score of 4, but I still appreciate its benefits, rating aside. Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphinyl triazine, looks like two ingredients with a missing comma, but it’s really something called Tinosorb. I've copied its explanation from Marta's review since no one explains the complex better than our beloved Marta: Tinosorb is a broad spectrum sunscreen that is unique amongst chemical sunscreens in that it both absorbs and reflects like the inorganic filters such as zinc and titanium. But the thing that makes Tinosorb special is that it is extremely stable, whereas many other sunscreen actives are decidedly not.

For those like me, who are financially investing in your lips with YBF's Define, further protect your investment by swiping Dermophisiologique Optyma Lip Perfect on them too. It would be a shame for the sun to undo all the good that Define is doing and has done. I don't wear lipstick, but Dermophisiologique Optyma Lip Perfect could easily be swiped over lipstick if a colored sunscreen desired. It's a practical, economical must-have, especially on days that you’ll be out in the sun for hours.

Summer is gone, but the sun still shines. While you’re out playing, remember that your lips need sunscreen too!

Ingredients:

Tridecyl trimellitate, PEG-8 beeswax, methyl hydrogenated rosinate, hydrogenated vegetable oil, octyl methoxycinnemate, shea butter, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, titanium dioxide, carnauba wax, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol<BR> methoxyphinyl triazine, butyl methoxydibenzoyl methane, tridecyl salicylate, aloe, glycrrhetinic acid, fragrance, cetyl dimethicone, polyhydroxystearic acid, alumina, aluminum stearate, sucrose distearate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, tocopheryl acetate, allantoin, bisabolol, ceramide-3, phytosphingosine