Lips are one of the last body parts you think about when heading out to enjoy a beautiful summer day. You might slather on the sunscreen to your face, ears, part in your hair, shoulders and other body parts that have been burned before. But your lips are probably coated in the same chapstick, lip gloss or lipstick that you always wear. But lips need SPF protection, on the sunny days and on the dreary winter days, just as much as the rest of your body.
While enjoying leisurely times on the beach or outdoor picnic fun keeps you enjoying life and getting your fill of vitamin D, it may also be causing damage to your skin. The sun's ultraviolet rays have the ability to age your skin, including your lips by making the skin appear even thinner than it is naturally.
Lip inflammation, or actinic cheilitis, may also develop due to sun damage. This condition causes rough, scaly lesions to form on and around the lips and will need treatment by a dermatologist.
Over time, you also put yourself at risk for skin cancer by skipping the protection of sunscreen, including lip balm with SPF. The face is constantly exposed to the sun and its damaging elements.
Unfortunately, no product will offer 100% protection against the sun's ultraviolent rays and the damage they can cause to your lips. However, you can get pretty close by wearing a lip balm with SPF. SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, and SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. Ninety-seven percent protection is better than zero protection by wearing lip balm without SPF.
It's never too late to add an extra layer of protection to your lips by choosing a lip balm with SPF. You should use one any time you go outside (or stay inside - it never hurts to keep your lips moisturized).