Tips for healthier lips...

How often do we ignore the importance of protecting our lips from the sun? this carelessness can be costly if not included in your sun care routine.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the lips can often be the home of the most common skin cancers, basal and squamous (These are flat cells in the outer part of the epidermis that are constantly shed as new one’s form). Although the lips are darker coloured, lips have almost no melanin present in them, giving no protection from the sun. This means they solely reply on you to take care of them. The really good news is there are easy ways to prevent your lips being damaged by the sun and keeping that smile healthy looking.

It’s important to use the right SPF

Not always easy as many shops and stores have low SPF Lipscreens with an SPF15 or SPF20, but keep looking until you find a minimum of an SPF30 and better still and SPF50, there is no doubt your lips will thank you for it.

Apply regularly

It’s easy to forget when you are going out to have fun in the sun, but stop and remember to re-apply the Lipscreen and stay protected. It’s best to do it every two to three hours to maintain the protection.

Some tips for healthy lips

  • Drink lots of water to keep your body skin and lips hydrated.
  • Licking your lips can damage the protective barrier, which can dry them out. Instead regularly apply your SPF lipscreen for added protection.
  • Understand the Balms / Lipscreens you purchase always choose one that is hydrating and moisturising.
  • PROTECT, PROTECT, PROTECT... Lips are susceptible to sunburn since they lack melanin, the pigment that helps shield sun from the skin, so apply your lipscreen regularly.
  • Think of your lips like a sponge, “when exposed to moisture, they absorb water and plump up, when dehydrated the will dry out and shrink”, the answer is keep they hydrated and moisturised.
  • The part of your body with the lowest layers of skin is your lips – protect them every day.
  • High shine lipsticks, acts a reflector for the sun’s rays and those without an SPF can increase the chance of skin damage.

PROTECT YOUR LIPS

Why choose a lipscreen as part of the sun care protection regimen?

The skin on the lips does not produce sebum to keep them nourished, therefore are suspect to easily become dry and chapped. They also do not produce melanin which allows the skin to tan and are therefore more suspect to burn. Using a protective lipscreen will help in preventing these undesirable conditions as it a waxy substance that provides an additional layer of protection against the elements that cause damage, such as sunlight, wind, cold temperature and dry air.

Chapped Lips and Cold Sores

A high proportion of people suffer from dry or chapped lips, cold sores or stomatitis (Stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, throat, and roof or floor of the mouth), all of which can be avoided by applying a protection such as a Lipscreen on a daily basis protecting against the sun’s rays.

Chapped Lips

CHAPPED LIPS: Dry, cracked or sore lips, usually in cold, windy, dry weather and less often in warm weather. Sun exposure can contribute to chapping of the lips. Licking or biting the lips is often a contributing factor. The lips are more sensitive to chapping than the skin. Unlike the skin, the lips do not produce oils to protect them against drying. To treat chapped lips, use a good lipscreen, ideally one containing a sunscreen.

Some steps to prevent chapped lips are to:  

  • Use a lipscreen on the lips before going outside. Reapply it several times while outside
  • Do not lick or bite the lips
  • Use a lipscreen that has a sunscreen in it when going outside during the day
  • Stay well hydrated by drinking lots of fluid

COLD SORES:  are a very common problem caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Cold Sores

The disorder is characterised by groups of fluid-filled blisters which appear on red swollen areas of the skin or on the mucous membranes. The areas can be tender and painful. The blisters heal without scarring but have a tendency to recur.

HSV-1, which is the most common type and usually causes cold sores (oral herpes). You can help prevent against these by using a medicated lipscreen such as Uvistat SPF50 Lipscreen.

HSV invades the cells of the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, causing fluid-filled blisters to appear.

A weakening of the body's defences, due to a severe cold for example, can lead to a reactivation of the virus and a return of the blisters.

Skin Melanoma

The increasing number of skin melanoma including of the lips is increasing therefore the SPF factors are of growing importance in the prevention of lip cancer.

Protect and moisturise all year round

A lipscreen/balm will provide lip protection by sealing in the moisture of the lips, even when the surrounding area is dry. It will assist in the prevention of moisture loss and provide greater levels of comfort when applied. When in sun light it will prevent the lips from burning in addition to adding moisture to avoid chapping or dryness.

where to buy uvistat products

Boots Uvistat Link
Lloyds Uvistat Link
Superdrug Uvistat Link
Chemist Direct Uvistat Link
Sunsibility Uvistat Link
The Health Counter Uvistat Link