How To Keep Your Lips Safe In The Sun

How To Keep Your Lips Safe in The Sun

Oral health encompasses more than just your teeth; your lips require attention too, especially in sunny weather. With thinner skin and less melanin, lips are more susceptible to sun damage and need special care.

Here are some frequently asked questions about protecting your lips in the sun:

 

  1. Can I apply sunscreen to my lips?

Absolutely! Using a moisturizing SPF lip balm and reapplying it every 2 hours is crucial. Besides lip sunscreen, exfoliate your lips to remove dry, chapped skin and stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily, increasing your intake in hot or sunny conditions.

 

  1. Why is sun protection for lips important?

Lips are as prone to sun damage as the rest of your body, making them vulnerable to skin cancer. Lip sunscreen that filters UVB rays provides necessary protection against this often-overlooked risk and helps prevent sunburn.

 

  1. What SPF should my lip balm have?

Many SPF lip balms offer SPF 15, but some go up to SPF 30. SPF 15 filters about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 filters about 97%, a significant difference in the amount of radiation reaching your skin. For full sun exposure, like at the beach or pool, choose a higher SPF.

 

  1. How do I treat sunburned lips?

If you forget sunscreen or get too much sun, your lips might become sunburned, appearing red, tender, swollen, or blistered. For relief, use a soft washcloth dipped in ice water on your lips. Apply 100% aloe vera or another moisturizer, avoiding petroleum products. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can alleviate pain. A mild sunburn should heal in 3-5 days; see a doctor if it persists.

 

  1. How do healthy lips impact my oral care?

Healthy lips are essential for overall mouth care. Sunburned, tender, or swollen lips can make brushing and flossing uncomfortable. Lip cancer can significantly affect your oral health. Protecting your lips from the sun ensures a happy and healthy mouth.

In summary, regularly use an SPF lip balm to protect your lips from sunburn and harmful UV radiation and stay hydrated. Treat sunburns promptly to maintain lip health. Share this knowledge with friends and family to help them keep their lips safe too!