Protect Your Lips This Summer With 3 Simple Tips
Anyone who has ever experienced sunburnt lips can attest — it’s not a fun time. Just like the rest of your body, your lips need sunscreen, too. Oftentimes, lip care is an afterthought in our skin routine, but because lips typically bear the brunt of seasonal changes they need some extra TLC to keep them healthy. Here, we’re sharing tips to help keep your pout hydrated and protected all season long.
Just like the rest of your skin, lips can collect dead skin cells and residue. Exfoliate them weekly with a lip scrub like the Kopari Exfoliating Lip Scrub — it’s formulated with volcanic sand to help slough off dead skin cells and pure coconut oil to keep lips moisturized. After exfoliating, follow up with a coat of your favorite lip balm or lipstick.
Chapped lips are often associated with the winter, but it can still be a concern in the summer. In fact, with lips exposed to excess heat, UV rays and moisture-sucking air conditioners, they can be left feeling less than supple. To keep dry, cracked lips at bay, moisturize with hydrating lip treatment products often. We love the Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm because it is formulated with Acacia honey, beeswax and rosehip seed oil to leave lips softer, smoother, and plumper-looking. Additionally, the lip balm is formulated with pro-xylane — an ingredient shown to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles — and vitamin E.
Protect With SPF
Lips don’t have melanin, which makes them more susceptible to sun damage caused by UV exposure. Be sure to grab a lip balm or lipstick with at least SPF 15. One of our favorites is Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30. It contains coconut oil and lemon butter to hydrate, protect and soothe dry lips — plus it comes in five tints to give your lips a slight pop of color. Don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours for optimal protection.
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