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How to Protect Your Lips from the Summer Sun

Posted on 6/10/2018 by Dr. Pickens
Lip Protection Pickens Family Dentistry WA 98662-6467During the summer months, skin safety is extremely important, but one patch of skin is often overlooked when it comes to protection - the lips. The thin skin of your lips is especially vulnerable to the harsh summer sun, so you need to take precautions to keep it safe.

As the temperature rises, be sure to use these tips to protect your pucker.

Choose a Lip Balm with SPF

The skin of the lips doesn't contain melanin, which makes them susceptible to sun damage as a result of UV exposure. For this reason, you should be sure to choose a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 15. You should also choose a product that protects your lips from both UVA and UVB rays, which may be referred to as broad-spectrum coverage.

Moisturize Every Day

Chapped lips are often associated with the winter season, but they can also occur during the summer. When your lips are exposed to heat, they can feel dry quickly. A hydrating lip balm can go a long way to keep them moisturized, but there are other options, too. Lip butters, conditioners, and salves may help.

Specifically, lip balm that contains proxylane is beneficial, as it will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.

Avoid Lip Gloss

Lip gloss or any other lip product with shine should be avoided if you will be spending time outdoors. Instead of protecting your lips, these shiny glosses increase the chances of damage from the sun. They direct the rays toward your lips, so you should opt for matte products instead.

Make your oral health a priority this summer. In addition to caring for your lips, be sure to visit your dentist regularly, and don't let your summer plans get in the way of your cleanings. Call us today to set up your next appointment.
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