Sometimes it’s so easy to forget that our lips need as much care as the rest of our skin. The delicate and very sensitive skin on our lips is often overlooked, yet it is just as susceptible to the harsh effects of the sun, heat, and dehydration.
This summer, give your lips the care they deserve and let your smile shine. Remember, a healthy smile starts with healthy lips. so by incorporating these simple tips into your routine, you can ensure your smile stays radiant and protected form the summer elements to remain healthy and hydrated all season long!
The sun’s impact on your lips
The summer sun can be unforgiving with harsh conditions and our lips are particularly vulnerable to its harmful rays.
Unlike the skin on the rest of our body, the skin on our lips is thinner and lacks melanin, the pigment that provides some protection against UV rays. Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to dryness, chapping, and even more severe conditions such as sunburn and skin cancer.
Therefore, adopting a lip care routine is essential to shield your lips from the sun’s damaging effects.
Tips for healthy summer lips
Here are some tips to help you up your lip-care game:
Hydration is key
Drink plenty of water to keep your body and lips hydrated. Dehydration can lead to dry, cracked lips, so be sure to increase your water intake, especially in the warmer months.
Apply a lip balm with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to shield your lips from harmful UV rays. Just as you protect your skin with sunscreen, your lips deserve the same care.
Avoid licking your lips
While it may provide temporary relief, licking your lips can exacerbate dryness. Saliva evaporates quickly, leaving your lips even drier than before. Instead, reach for a hydrating lip balm to keep them moisturised.
Gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells, preventing your lips from becoming flaky. Use a lip scrub or make your own by combining sugar and honey for a natural exfoliant.
Choose the right lip products
Opt for hydrating lip balms and glosses that contain ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E. Avoid products with harsh chemicals that may strip your lips of their natural oils.
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