In my experience, multitasking products are barely Jacks of all trades and rarely masters of any. One of the few exceptions is KaplanMD’s  Lip 20 Treatment, a lip plumper (that actually plumps), antiager and sunscreen all in one. Now they have upped the ante even more by bringing out Lip 20 Gloss, it moisturizes, repairs, protects and plumps pretty much as Lip 20 Treatment does, but with SHIMMER.

The capital letters are because these lip glosses have seasonal shine and glitter (there are flecks of gold mingling with the tints).  Lip 20 Gloss Antiaging Treatment + SPF ($30 in the TIA shop) come in a clear,  natural (pale pink), nude (light bronze), berry and ruby. All with SPARKLE.  With these you know it’s holiday season. But being KaplanMD products, these glosses are not all about party time; they  most certainly have their serious side.

As with Lip 20 Treatment, the plumping job is achieved by sodium hyaluronate in the form of patented molecules that easily penetrate the skin. Hyaluronate’s moisturizing power is backed up by shea butter and squalane. Another important ingredient is seabuckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides), which has loads of quercetin. The thing about quercetin is that it may be a much more of a powerful antioxidant than was previously thought. Cornell University has a new way of measuring antioxidant potency called ‘cellular antioxidant activity’ (CAA) that tests the antioxidant activities of a compound inside the cell itself. This is an approach that is deemed to be more accurate. Of all the flavenoids, quercetin had the highest CAA value.

One of Kaplan MD’s signature ingredients is black cohosh root extract. This is a source of plant-derived estrogen and is used as antiaging ingredient.

As far as the SPF goes, there is octisalate, which seems to be perfectly safe, while the other two can be unstable and octonixate should, perhaps, be avoided by pregnant women (the estrogen issue again). You can read about octinoxate and the other two sunscreen actives in our article that summarizes some of the research.

PS: We also have very cute packs of five mini glosses - one in each color - perfect for the holidays and very giftable ($48 in the TIA shop)


Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 3%

Hydrogenated polyisobutene,, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, polyisobutene, ethylene propylene styrene copolymer, octylodecanol, silica silicate, calcium sodium borosilicate, sunflower seed awax, peppermint, beeswax, cadellia wax Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Berry) Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Atelocollagen, Sodium Hyaluronate,, palmitoyl oligopeptide, carbomer, sodium chondrotin sulfate, tocopherol, lecitin, water, polysorbate 80, butylene glycol, retinyl palmitate, silica dimethyl silylate, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol, mica CI77019, iron oxides CI77491 CI77499 CI774492, titatnium dioxide CI77891, Red 28 lake CI451012, Red 7 lake CI158501, Carmine, CI75470, Bismuth Oxychloride CI77163