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Sun Protection for Your Lips – Part II June 29, 2010

Back in February I wrote a post about how your lips needs sun protection just as much as the rest of your body.  Now that it is summer I thought it would be a good idea to mention that fact again.  Luckily it is very easy to find lip products with spf in them, and even better there are products for every price range and every lip product preference.


Why Your Lips Need Sun Protection


Our lips need sun protection because they are exposed to the sun 365 days a year, the skin on the lips is thinner than the skin on the rest of your body, and the lips have no melanin.  No melanin equals no sun protection.  Over time sun exposure destroys collagen and that is why our lips thin as we age.  So using a broad spectrum (protects from UVA and UVB rays) helps to both protect our lips from skin cancer and from sagging and aging in the future. 

Keep one more thing in mind – lipstick and lip gloss do not provide sun protection unless they have an added spf in them.  Be sure to see if your favorite lip product with spf provides both UVA and UVB protection.  Shiny lip gloss actually attracts light to the lips and increases your risk of skin cancer.


Lip Products with spf


The following list of products is not meant as an endorsement but rather as a guide.  I haven’t tried every product myself and truthfully haven’t researched them extensively to know if they provide enough UVA and UVB protection.  In my opinion using a lip product with spf year round is extremely important so if your favorite lip product provides UVB protection but not UVA than that is a good start in my opinion.



If you have a favorite lip product with spf in it please share!


Source:  Simple Skin Beauty by Ellen Marmur, MD – Page 134


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