Do I Need a Sunscreen For My Lips?

It’s fairly well known that protecting all exposed areas of skin with sunscreen is the key to avoiding sun damage and potential skin cancer. But you may be neglecting your lips, which need SPF too.

It’s fairly well known that protecting all exposed areas of skin with sunscreen is the key to avoiding sun damage and potential skin cancer. But you may be neglecting your lips, which need SPF too.


Do I need a sunscreen for my lips?


Why do I need sunscreen for my lips?


Lips are actually some of the most important areas to protect, as they’re covered in much thinner, more delicate skin than the skin on your face. Lips receive the same amount of UV rays as the rest of the face but have less natural protection due to a thinner stratum corneum (the top layer of the skin).

You may not always give your lips the SPF love they really need for a multitude of reasons. You’re constantly using your mouth to talk, eat, and breathe, so it seems as though SPF would be gone in under an hour. That’s not true, however; SPF for the lips can last quite a while.


Do I need a sunscreen for my lips?


If sun protection sits on the surface of the skin, how does it stay on the lips with constant movement?


While it’s true that some sunscreens do sit on the surface, chemical sunscreen products penetrate beneath the topmost layer of the skin to absorb and deflect rays. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, strictly form a protective coating and remain on the skin's surface.

Many lip care products do contain a physical SPF. However, a chemical SPF lip product, such as Apivita Lip Care Stick With Cocoa Butter or Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Lip Balm, is more likely to give you long-lasting protection.


Is it safe to use a chemical sunscreen on my lips?


Yes, it's perfectly safe and more likely to protect the lips in the long run than a physical sunscreen. You still should reapply frequently, especially after eating or drinking. But due to the penetrating protection offered by a chemical SPF, you’re on the safer side using this type of product on your lips.

Check out our SPF lip balms and let us know what your favourites are. Stay protected, lips and all!

 

Do I need a sunscreen for my lips?