The Crucial Sunscreen Step You’re Probably Skipping

July 2, 2015

Picture perfect days call for a picture perfect smile. So, don’t forget to protect it from the sun’s rays. That’s right! SPF lip balm as important to your smile as sunscreen is to your skin.

Surprisingly, 63% of sunscreen users don’t protect their smiles. And the forecast isn’t so sunny for those who skip their lips – sun exposure increases your risk for lip cancer.

Just like the rest of your skin, lips are sensitive to UV rays. According to the EPA, unprotected exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.

Prevention is easy when you have the proper protection. There are oodles of lip balms to protect your pout. We invite you to choose your favorite brand of balm (within reason).

Ready to step up your sunscreen game? Before you buy your sun-blocking balm, consider the following tips:

° Supercharge the SPF.

In order to be effective, a sunscreen must contain an SPF of 15 or higher. But what does that mean? If you normally burn in 10 minutes, SPF 15 multiplies that by 15, meaning you could go 150 minutes before burning.

° Broaden the spectrum.

SPF blocks only one type of cancer-causing ray, ultraviolet B (UVB). So, it’s important to look for a broad-spectrum lip balm. Multi-spectrum products provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

° Know your lips.

Not all skin types are created equal, and lips are no exception. Are your lips perpetually dry? Do you spend a lot of time outdoors? There’s a sun-protecting salve for every lip lifestyle. Find the right sun protection for you.

Remember – re-apply every few hours to kiss your risk for sun damage goodbye. What are your go-to pout protectors? Share your favorites in the comments section.