Lip Care Tips for the Summer Sun

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but your lips do all the talking! Keep them looking healthy and luscious all year round by protecting them from the harsh summer sun. Here’s how:

Drink Water

Drink up! Drinking water is one of the most important actions you can take to keep your lips healthy and hydrated –not to mention the rest of your body too! You should have at least 8 to 9 glasses of water every day—even more if you’re super active and it’s super-hot.

Exfoliate

Most people forget that your lips, just like your body and face, need to be exfoliated. Use an exfoliating product on your lips at least once a week. Don’t have an exfoliator handy? Not a problem. You can make one using granulated brown sugar and olive oil. Feel free to add pure essential oils to your mixture for a relaxing scent. If your lips are extra sensitive, irritated, or have open cracks, wait until they’re healed before you exfoliate as the exfoliator could tear your skin, causing painful and unpleasant cuts and blisters.

Protect

Do you know why your lips burn more easily than any other part of your body? Your lips have very little melanin—the pigment that helps shield your skin from the sun. To keep your lips protected, apply a layer of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. You can use zinc, or a lip balm with added sunscreen. Regardless whether the sun is out or not, you should always have your lips covered. If you are in direct sunlight make sure to re-apply throughout the day, every 2 hours or so!

Skip the Gloss

While high shine glosses promise to make your lips look fabulous, they actually may be doing more harm than good. Lip sticks and glosses with little color are harmful to your lips because they can direct UV rays to your lips, while offering no protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

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