When you’re slathering yourself up with sunscreen this summer, don’t forget your lips!
Whether you’re at the beach or a ballgame, if you’re outside, you need to protect your lips from the sun’s damaging rays.
Did you know the thin skin of your lips doesn’t have much melanin? Melanin is what helps your skin tan, and also protects it from the sun’s harmful rays. With so little melanin, your lips rarely tan — but they can burn.
To protect your pucker, choose lip balm sunscreen products with an SPF of 30 to offer your lips the best skin protection. An SPF higher than 30 is OK too, but it gives you only minimally more protection despite higher SPF numbers. What if you only have an SPF 15? That’s better than no protection at all! Waterproof products are best if you’ll be swimming. You can also look for lipstick and lip gloss with built-in SPF protection.
Your sunscreen needs to be applied in advance to work its best, right? So follow the same protocol for your lips. Apply SPF lip balm 30 minutes before sun exposure, for the best level of protection from the get-go.
Just like with your sunscreen, be sure to reapply SPF lip balm frequently throughout the day, especially if you’re drinking, eating, or in the water. Remember, even if you’re under an umbrella, the sun can still reflect off sand and water to reach you — so keep your lips and skin protected. And if it’s cloudy? Those UV rays can still get through, so put on that SPF lip balm!
If you’re already in the habit of wearing sunscreen on your face daily, even if you’re staying at home or going to work, add an SPF lip balm to your routine to protect your lips, too. Reapply when you’ll be outside, like running errands or driving home in the car.
If you protect your lips, you will be doing more than simply avoiding a painful sunburn. In the short-term, it will help keep your lips soft and smooth. In the long-term, you’ll be protecting against collagen damage, which can lead to premature wrinkles and fine lines around your mouth, and even skin cancer of the lips.
Giving you a happy, healthy mouth is always our top priority. Use your SPF lip balm to keep your lips happy and healthy this summer!