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How to Protect Your Lips from Outside Elements All Year Long


Posted on 5/20/2019 by Nicholas Dose
How to Protect Your Lips from Outside Elements All Year LongWe all know how important it is to protect our skin from the outdoor elements, but many people forget about their lips. Whether you are swimming in July or skiing on Christmas, it is important to protect your lips from outside conditions all year long. These tips can help.

Choose a Lip Balm with SPF

In order to protect your lips from the sun, you should opt for a lipstick or balm with an SPF rating of 15 or higher. This will prevent damage as a result of UV rays. Lip glosses and high-shine lipsticks can act as a reflector for the sun, and those that don't offer SPF can increase your risk of skin cancer.

Wear Face Protection

When you are outdoors, it is important to protect your lips from the elements. On a sunny day, wear a hat that shades your face, and on cold winter mornings, use a scarf to wrap the lower portion of your head. This barrier between your lips and the outside elements can help to keep your face protected.

Use an Ointment-Based Lip Balm

When selecting a lip balm, another important factor is that your choice is ointment-based. Look for products that contain glycerin or petrolatum. This will help to lock moisture into the skin and will also treat any splits or cracks.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking enough water is important for most of your bodily systems, and that includes the skin. If your body is hydrated, your lips will stay healthy. This will make the skin stronger and more resistant to weather-related damage.

If you notice any sores that won't heal on your lips, it is important that you get them checked out right away. Whether you have a suspicious area you need inspected or it is simply time for your regular appointment, give us a call today.

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