When it comes to skincare, the idea of lathering up sunscreen, lotions, and creams instantly comes to mind. However, there is a vital area that people often forget needs both hydration and protection: the lips. The face and hands receive the most exposure towards UV radiation and while people take no mind in protecting their hands or facial skin, the lips are often left behind without lip SPF protection, bare to the sun's harsh ultraviolet light. Even the most avid of sunscreen users often forget lip SPF protection.
This is troublesome, since the lips are constantly exposed to UV light year-round and is a common cancer spot, as it’s one of the most sensitive parts of the human body. There is an increased, concentrated amount of touch receptors in one localized area--making the lips very susceptible to damage. In order to avoid pouty sun damage on your lips, make sure to apply SPF lip balm coverage thirty minutes before stepping outside--and avoid using gloss or other hydrating lip products without SPF coverage. The more hydrated skin is, the easier it is for UV rays to penetrate deeper--which is why even the glam girl should consider SPF lip balm coverage in her daily beauty routine.
When it comes to choosing a lip balm, pick one with an SPF of at least 15 and make sure it provides broad-spectrum coverage (both UVA and UVB rays). And most importantly, for the health conscious, steer clear of products that contain harmful chemicals like parabens, PABA, chemical sunscreens (oxybenzone, octinoxate, etc.) and petroleum (a common carrier of carcinogenics). Instead, opt for a natural lip balm with SPF protection.Sometimes it's the smallest details that make the biggest impact; so when it comes to your skincare routine, remember to #beSMART and seal it with a kiss.