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Protecting Your Lips from Sun Damage

Protecting Your Lips from Sun Damage

Most of us know how bad the sun is for our skin, and we're all starting to be better at wearing sunscreen every day. But when we think about our face and applying sunscreen, we tend to focus on our cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead. Most of us don't think about our lips.

Here's why that's a problem: your lips are just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of your skin. Actually, your lips are even more at risk than the rest of your face. So it's important you include your lips when protecting yourself from UV damage.

Your lips don't have oil glands (sebaceous glands), and since those glands are responsible for keeping your skin moisturized, you need to use saliva and external remedies to keep your lips moisturized. Your lips also don't have hair follicles (thank goodness). But the biggest reason why lips are at increased risk of sun burning and damage is that they don't have melanin, which means they can't tan. And tanning, after all, is how our body attempts to minimize the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Since lips don't have any melanin, they essentially have zero protection from UV rays. That's why it's absolutely essential to make sure you use a lip product that has SPF in it. If you can, apply SPF before you use lipstick or lip gloss. Better yet, find a lipstick that has SPF in it so you don't need to use two separate products.

SPF is important because your lips really do depend on you for sun protection. And having sunburned lips hurts! If you're new to putting SPF on your lips, you may have noticed fine lines and wrinkles developing on your lips as you age. Our Hydrating Watermelon Lip Patches can help smooth and deeply hydrate to help.

And, if you currently have sunburned lips (ow!), our lip patches can help heal them faster, thanks to a combination of aloe vera and other ingredients to soothe and restore lips to their balance.

Protect that pout and invest in an SPF lip balm for daily wear as well as regular lip masks to help reverse sun damage that's already affecting that gorgeous smile.

 

  • Post author
    Jennifer Diffley