Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Lip Balm with SPF

May 29, 2019

1) Lips can get sunburned
A common misconception about lips is that they can’t get sunburned. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Not only is the skin on our lips thinner than our other skin, it also lacks melanin. Melanin is a natural pigment in skin that helps protect us from sun damage, which means our lips are at ever greater risk than the rest of our bodies to get burned.

2) Tissue damage can lead to cancer
In some cases, prolonged and unprotected sun exposure can result in actinic cheilitis, a precancerous condition often referred to as “farmer’s lip” or “sailor’s lip.” This can present as persistent dryness and cracking of the lips. Precancerous lesions and extensive wrinkling may also occur. If you have concerns about precancerous symptoms, be sure to consult your doctor.

3) Prevent signs of premature aging
The collagen in our lips can be negatively impacted when the sun causes lips to burn, leaving long-lasting damage. Collagen is the protein that gives lips body and resilience, and helps prevent wrinkles from forming. When unprotected lips are exposed to too much
sun, collagen can change, causing lips to wrinkle and fine lines to form around the mouth.

4) Sun exposure an trigger a cold sore flare-up
Unfortunately, sun exposure is one of the most frequent triggers of cold sore lesions. For people who suffer from these sores, lip protection against UV rays can reduce the likelihood of them appearing.

5) UV rays are a year-round issue
Whether it’s January or July, UV rays are always present. Although the level of burning UVB rays declines substantially in the cooler months, harmful UVA rays remain at relatively constant levels throughout the entire year. Lips can even suffer on overcast days, since clouds don’t filter UVB rays!