Your lips need sun protection too! Here, the season’s prettiest and most effective balms, glosses and lipsticks for the sunny summer season!
We all know we should be wearing sunscreen on our face. And hopefully, we’re all doing it daily. But, like most people you probably overlook a very important part of you body each and every day: your lips. “The lips are one of the most vulnerable areas of the face for skin cancers because they are not protected by melanocytes (melanin-producing skin cells that protect the skin from sun damage),” says Dr. Howard Sobel a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. “Skin cancer on the lip can be very serious. The most common area for lip cancer to appear is the top lip exposed to the sun, and the inside of the bottom lip.”
The key to avoiding this serious illness is prevention. “It’s important to use a lip sunscreen daily and reapply several times a day especially after you eat and/or go swimming,” Dr. Sobel says. So, if you want to keep your lips looking as gorgeous as Kim Kardashian‘s, be smart and don’t skip the sunscreen! “Also, look for a lip sunscreen with hydrating properties, such as aloe vera since our lips do not have any oil glands, so they do not moisturize naturally. Keep in mind that wearing shiny lip gloss will not protect your lips. In fact, some glosses may attract more UV rays on your lips and increase your risk,” Dr. Sobel warns. An easy solution to that is to pick up one of these SPF 15 and above lip products. Whether you’re a plain balm gal, a slightly tinted balmer, a glosser or a lipstick lady, there’s something here that will protect everyone’s lips. So, with all of these gorgeous options out there, why would you take the risk and head outside unprotected?