If you forget to lather your lips with SPF, you are not alone. A survey conducted at the University of Texas revealed that only 37% of the respondents used lip protection. We all know that it’s important to use sunscreen daily on our body and face, why should it be different for our lips?
Lips have no melanin, leaving them more vulnerable to the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. Melanin is a dark pigment in our skin that acts as a natural barrier against the sun. It also helps us get that sun kissed tan we all strive for. To make matters worse, our lips are almost always exposed. While other parts of our body are covered with clothes or even a hat, our lips are naked to UV rays. Year-round UV exposure impacts the production of collagen, a protein that keeps our skin looking youthful and bright. While the effects of sun exposure on the lips may not be immediately felt (i.e. you might not have a painful, peeling burn), the damages can happen beneath the skin, creating fine lines and wrinkles.
If we’ve convinced you that lip protection shouldn’t be an afterthought, take a look at these tips for choosing an SPF lip balm.
Always use a lip protection made specifically for lips
You might think that you don’t have to buy an entirely new product for such a small portion of your body, but this is something you should splurge on. SPF lip protection is less irritating for the skin than sunscreen and so is better suited to the delicate area around the lips.
Find lip balms with antioxidants
Antioxidants do more than just protect your lips from the sun, they have other benefits that can keep you kissable. The antioxidants in cupuacu butter destroy free radicals that damage skin cells. Coconut extracts are hydrating, keeping your lips silky smooth without that greasy feeling that so-often plagues lip balms.
Hampton Sun SPF 30 Lip Gelée will satisfy all your lip protection needs. It contains cucuacu butter and coconut extracts while also providing broad-spectrum protection.