Even the most diligent and vigilant sunscreen users can overlook certain areas of the body that can suffer serious damage from the harmful rays of the sun. Some folks forget about their feet or scalp when slathering on the sunscreen, but perhaps the most neglected area when it comes to sun protection is the lips.
But your lips are equally prone, if not more so, to the same harms that befall unprotected skin elsewhere, including sunburn and skin cancer. The protective top layer of cells on your lips is thinner than that of your skin, and since your bottom lip likely protrudes a bit, it is facing directly upward into the sun’s rays. With another South Florida summer in full swing, it is important that you show your lips some TLC during these long, sun-splashed days.
Here are three ways you can protect your lips from sun damage this summer:
Apply Lip Sunscreen
You don’t need to spray your lips with sunscreen to get the SPF protection they need. Plenty of lipsticks and balms contain sunscreen and are specifically designed to protect them from UV rays. You can find a thorough list and evaluation of almost 40 SPF lip balms here.
Use Lip Moisturizer
Dry and chapped lips aren’t only unattractive, they can be downright painful. Keeping your lips moisturized can prevent and minimize the damage caused by summer sun and wind. Lip balms, salves, and sticks full of emoluments and things like shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba, and vitamin E are all great for keeping your lips moisturized all summer long. Moisturizers with sun protection are even better.
Drink a Lot (of Water)
While sunscreen can protect your lips from harmful rays and moisturizer can help your lips from drying out, don’t forget about the original moisturizer: H2O.
Your lips, like the rest of your body, are comprised mostly of water. When dehydrated, the cells in your lips don’t function properly and lead to drying, flaking, and chapping. Nutritionists and doctors recommend that individuals drink at least 64-oz – or 8 glasses – of water per day. Given how much moisture our bodies can lose on hot summer days, it is critical that you make an affirmative effort to drink plenty of water every day.
No matter what the season, Dr. Mariano Busso and the entire team of professionals at our Miami-Coconut Grove aesthetic dermatology clinic can help you keep your skin and lips healthy, hydrated and beautiful all year round. To learn more or to book your next cosmetic dermatology appointment in Miami, contact us at 305-857-0144.