Kiss the Sun Goodbye: The Science of Lip Sunscreen

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Chapped Lips

As if ageing skin isn’t hard enough to deal with, did you know that your lips age too?

As we get older, the changes we experience to our skin, affect our skin everywhere, including the delicate skin on our lips and yet despite being a focal point of our faces, lip care is often overlooked. Even more concerning, unprotected lips are at greater risk of photodamage and skin cancer.

Sunscreen is touted as the holy grail of skin care and skin health, but let’s take a look at the often-neglected world of lip sunscreen, exploring the science behind it and why it should be a non-negotiable part of your beauty regimen.

Understanding Lip Skin

Lip skin is unique, and its thinness makes it susceptible to damage. Because we eat, drink and lick our lips, regular sunscreen doesn’t cut it; that’s why specialised lip sunscreen is crucial. In the unforgiving Australian sun, lips are prone to issues like chapping, sunburn, and premature aging. The need for dedicated lip protection is clear, and quality formulations are paramount.

The Sun’s Impact on Lips

UV rays are no friend to lips, causing dryness, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. The statistics on lip-related sun damage underscore the pervasive nature of the problem. Consistent application of lip sunscreen is not just a good habit to form; it’s a necessity to shield your lips from these harmful effects.

The Science Behind Lip Sunscreen

Dermal Therapy SPF 50+ lip balm has a non-greasy formula, it protects you from UVA/UVB rays without the bitter taste associated with many sunscreens. And with coco butter and coconut oil to moisturise, and camphor, menthol and clove leaf oil to soothe, it’s total lip care for every day of the year. Dermal Therapy’s lip sunscreen formulations, with the highest SPF available (50+), go beyond just protection—they ensure your lips are cared for in all environments.

When to Apply Lip Sunscreen

For optimal lip protection, use lip sunscreen before you head outdoors and reapply it every two hours, if not sooner. If you’re a lip-licker, or frequent eater, or if you or your family tend to spend long periods outside, you may want to swipe on more product, more often.
The combination of moisturising lip balm and lip sunscreen is the gold standard for protected and great looking lips. Dermal Therapy’s lip products also have applicators built in so there’s no need for fingers, minimising the risk of introducing germs to your lips.

Real-Life Success Stories

Real people, real results. We hear many stories of individuals who’ve benefited from regular lip sunscreen use. These personal experiences make clear the benefits of using a dedicated lip sunscreen.

 Hear what some of our customers have to say about Dermal Therapy Lip Sunscreen:

“I love the way it feels and how moisturising it is”- Glenda

“My son put me onto this SPF lip balm and not only does the product work brilliantly, but it’s very good value for money that I now have one in all my handbags.” – Dee

“Dermal Therapy’s SPF Lip Balm is quite literally my favourite product on the market as it works brilliantly, is super affordable and unlike other brands which can be quite drying, this one is very moisturising.” – Zahli

The importance of lip sunscreen cannot be overstated. Prioritise your lip protection with high-quality formulations like Dermal Therapy’s, ensuring your lips remain healthy and shielded. Check out Dermal Therapy’s Lip Balm SPF 50 to experience the science of lip protection for yourself.

And here’s a fun fact for you: Did you know that your lips don’t have sweat glands? It’s true!

So, taking control of your lip health is a lip-smacking good idea!

Lip Care Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you absolutely need sunscreen for lips. Lips are susceptible to sun damage, and sunscreen is a crucial protective measure for your lips.

It is not recommended to put ordinary sunscreen on our lips. Regular sunscreens may not provide adequate protection, and the taste can be unpleasant. We’d recommend opting for a dedicated lip sunscreen with SPF.

A minimum of SPF 30 is recommended for daily use on your lips, but SPF 50 lip balm is optimal.

Reapply sun protection to your lips every two hours, especially if you’re eating, drinking, or swimming. Regular application of SPF 50 lip balm ensures continuous protection.

Learn more about the science of lip masks or read our expert commentary on Lip Repair vs. Lip Moisturisation.

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