We’re blessed with seemingly endless sunshine in Australia. So we live our lives outdoors. At the beach, at the park or on the open road, there’s always a good reason to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. But there’s a risk – the Aussie sun is a major cause of skin cancers. And your lips are not immune. In fact, they need more protection than other parts of your body. But lips rarely get the help from sunscreens that your arms and legs do.
It might be because you don’t always see a surface burn on your lips. But that doesn’t mean that the underlying layers haven’t been harmed. When unprotected lips are exposed to too much sun, the collagen changes, causing lips to wrinkle and fine lines to form around the mouth. Even when lips show no physical signs of the sun’s effect, damage can occur.
Lips need sun protection every day. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are always present, whether it’s Summer or Winter and a cool or overcast day in Summer can have similar UV levels to a warm, sunny day. Sun damage is possible on cloudy days as UV radiation can penetrate some clouds and may even be more intense due to reflection off the clouds.
Follow the sun protection guidelines and protect your lips from the sun when the UV index is forecast to be 3 or above.
So whatever the season, it’s important to take care of your lips. Daily care will help you keep them from cracking and chapping all year round.
Using Blistex lip balm for sun protection helps you embrace your active lifestyle. Here are some tips on how to protect your skin and lips when enjoying the outdoors:
• Wear a large sunhat to help protect your face • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes
• Use sunscreen to protect your body’s skin • Do not lick your lips, the saliva acts like a lens to intensify sun exposure
• Use a lip balm with at least a SPF 15 value and apply early and often throughout the day.
Blistex Ultra Lip Balm SPF 50+ is perfect for all types of outdoor activity. Moisturising with a very high protection sunscreen, it. guards your lips against the extreme effects of the sun, dryness and the cold.