Ladies and gentlemen! When summer hits, most of us - even the people who like to “go tanning” - immediately consider the SPF we are going to use to protect our skin from UVB rays. No one wants skin cancer and if we can prevent it by using sunscreen we will. But how many of us think about that same level of care for our lips?
We should, because the delicate skin of our lips are a common spot for cancer, and no one wants lip cancer. Of all the body parts that would be exposed to the sun, your bottom lip ranks high on that list. It’s out there, constantly exposed, even if you are wearing lipstick or lip gloss, and it actually faces upwards! It deserves the same level of protection as the rest of your exposed skin. Studies have shown that more than 50 percent of sunscreen users don’t protect their lips. Of those of us who do actually think about our lips’ sun exposure, how many of us think about this once summer is over? Not many I would bet.
We are constantly exposed to UVB rays even in winter. It is important that you protect your lips from UVB rays and those UVB rays are ever-present all year. As long as the sun is shining, and often even when it is not, there are UVB rays from which to protect yourself, and your lips! Kissable lips should always be protected by using a lip balm with SPF30 such as Preventive Measures 101.