4 Tips for Optimal Lip Care

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shutterstock_61156576Summer sun protection isn’t just about the skin on your body and face. Your lips need a little extra TLC when the weather gets hot and humid. The skin on your lips quite thin, and summertime can mean high risk of chapping and sun exposure.  Your lips have very little melanin, and it is up to you to keep them protected. Not all lip protection is created equal, however, so keep these four tips in mind when choosing your go-to lip balm this summer.

1. Utilize the Moisturizing Benefits of Beeswax

Beeswax is a popular lip care ingredient because it acts as a natural protectant. Thanks to its waxy composition, beeswax can help to seal in moisture while also keeping dirt and other pollutants out.

2. Swap Out Glosses for Balms

Although lip gloss is often a staple in many cosmetic bags, it’s best to stick to matte balms.  Shiny gloss acts like baby oil for your lips, and a perfectly shiny surface attracts UV rays. If you’re having a hard time ditching the gloss, one solution is to first apply a colored balm or lipstick, preferably with SPF protection, and then apply your gloss.

3. Use SPF Protection

Speaking of SPF protection, your lip product should contain SPF 30 or higher to be most effective at keeping out those harmful UV rays. Remember that the skin on your lips is very thin, so it can be even more susceptible to sun exposure, and therefore skin cancers, than other parts of your body.

4. Use Ointments at Night for Cracked Lips

If your lips are very dry and cracked, apply a moisturizing ointment like Vaseline or Aquaphor at night before you go to bed. This can help boost your lips’ natural ability for repair while you sleep.