We love the sun, but it doesn’t always love us back. The reality is that 2 in 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. It’s a worrying statistic.
If you’re like us, you know that the sun can be your best friend and worst enemy. We love it, and we hate it. The good news is that you don’t have to worry about the sun if you take the necessary precautions and wear sunscreen every time you go out. There’s just one issue, while we’re slathering our faces and bodies with a protective layer we tend to forget a crucial area: our lips.
SPF isn’t just for your face and days at the beach. It’s vital for your lips. Unfortunately, a study recently revealed that 60 per cent of sunscreen users don't protect their lips with lip sunscreen or lip balm with SPF. That’s a problem.
Lips are already vulnerable to sun damage because of their regular and direct exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and that’s why it’s so important to use a lip balm with at least SPF 15 or higher. Some dermatologists even say that using lip gloss without SPF might increase your possibility of developing skin cancer by acting as a magnifying glass for the sun’s rays.
Still need more convincing? Here are just a few reasons your lips need SPF.
The Skin Cancer Foundation reports that 81 per cent of lip cancers appear on the lower lip and that your risk of lip cancer escalates with cumulative exposure to the sun. In fact, your lips are at risk of the two most common types of skin cancer: basal and squamous cell carcinoma. To protect yourself and your lips, lip balm with SPF inside is the best thing you can do for yourself.
We’ve all experienced a sunburn before. It hurts to the touch, and sometimes you just want to cry. Now, imagine that pain on your lips. If you let yourself get a lip sunburn, it will hurt every time you eat, drink, and speak. Worse yet, your lips are made of thinner, more delicate skin, so they’re even more susceptible to damage and pain.
Have you ever had dry, cracked lips that you just couldn’t moisturize no matter how hard you tried? Most likely it was because your lips hadn’t been protected with SPF. Sun damage dries out your lips to a level that no amount of balm, salve, or water can help. Using a lip balm with SPF keeps your lips hydrated and kissable.
There are even side benefits to using sunscreen for your lips. Most often, the formula for SPF also helps repair redness, heal cracks, and soothe other issues. When you use SPF lip balm it should help you seal in moisture and protect from dry and cold air as well as sun damage.
Remember, sun damage builds over time, so it’s never too late to start good practices by using our lip balm with SPF to protect your skin. They key is to make sure you buy the best product and to reapply often when you’re out and about for the best protection.