Monday, August 12, 2013

Are You Forgetting Something??

As the summer winds down and everyone is trying to soak up the last of the precious sun, we find it necessary to ask- When applying sunscreen, are you forgetting something?  The something we are referring to is one area that is commonly missed when slathering on the 'screen-- YOUR LIPS!  Even though they are on the face that you (better be) generously suncreening, they are commonly forgotten.  Your skin on your lips is just as susceptible to cancer as the rest of the skin on your body. (read here)  
Further, the skin on your lips is much thinner than elsewhere on your body.  So, forgetting to apply sunscreen to them can quickly make them dry out or can even cause Actinic cheilitis.  Worth looking up- it is very common and becoming moreso.

Sun damage to the skin and lips is so common that doctors and dermatologists recommend wearing sunscreen and lip protection everyday, even non-sunny days.  AND DON'T EVEN GET US STARTED ON TANNING!  
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Please just be aware and protect your pretty pout.  It's the only one you got- and it contributes to your beautiful smiles!

PS if putting stuff on your lips is not your thing, you can always wear a big hat!