We all know by now that applying SPF should be a part of our daily routine, whether we’re met with sunny rays or grey skies. And while many of us have finally got the hang of it – heat damage is a serious matter, after all – there is one crucial area we tend to overlook when applying.
Recent research has pointed out that many of us never use SPF on our lips, despite the skin on the area being up to 82 per cent thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. In fact, only 1 in 2 women (52 per cent) think about applying SPF to their lips – and that’s not even to say they actually do it.
‘Some parts of the body are more prone to skin cancers, such as the lips – simply because the skin is thin and they get long term exposure to sun, so it is important to apply an SPF to protect them from UV rays,’ says dermatologist Dr. Firas Al Niami, who is also Group Medical Director skincare clinic Sk:n.
‘The sun also completely dries your skin out, so moisturising after exposure will give your skin the hydration it needs to repair itself. As well as making sure your lips are protected, it’s also really important to use suncream on a daily basis, even when it’s cloud.’
The research was highlighted by a survey, conducted by EOS lip balm, who have products that include SPF 30. And they’re not the only brand to do so – there is a plethora of lip care available to help protect your lips from the damaging effects of the sun.
Here are just a few to choose from:
8 of the best lip balms with SPF
Broad spectrum SPF 50 makes this the ultimate in hydration and protection.
This celeb-favourite sunscreen also comes in a handy SPF 30 stick for lips.
A fab SPF 15 allrounder, with a purse-friendly price tag to boot.
Like a little hint of colour with your lip balm? Check out Lanolips’ formula.
Shields from the sun and reduces the frequency of cold sores simultaneously.
A fun, portable pod that makes topping up a doddle.
Love Aesop’s cult formulas? Add one of these to your holiday carry-on.
Lightweight yet nourishing, perfect for the beach.