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Shiny Lips = Skin Cancer Risk

We all want lovely, shiny lips, but those beautiful balms and glosses might just be putting your pouty mouth at risk for skin cancer.

Not only do shiny lip glosses and lip balms offer no sun protection, new research shows that they may actually attract dangerous sun rays, making it easier for damaging UV rays to penetrate the lips. Since lips are more sensitive to aging and sun damage than skin, it is important to protect them, yet only about 25 percent of Americans do.

If you plan to be in the sun for over 20 minutes, your best bet it to apply sun protection of SPF 30 to your lips then add on the gloss. Keep your kisser safe!


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TFS TFS 9 years
tell us something that wont give us cancer?
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
wOw thanks Bella we wouldn't like our lips getting hurt..........
plasticine1 plasticine1 9 years
good to know. i figured that any creamy lipgloss could help my lips from getting dry in the sun, but i never considered this. thanks!
Anabellatc Anabellatc 9 years
I always apply chapstick with SPF before the lip gloss :)
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Oh phew, is that all? I dont wear it outside during the day usually anyways. I dont like it when wind blows my hair and it gets stuck in it. I mostly wear it at night. :makeup:
hillamaria hillamaria 9 years
I always try to put some SPF on ym lips, but I've never used 30.. maybe I should try a little higher than 15.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Lots of glosses have SPF. I never really thought about the shiny-ness attracting the sun.
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
oh my goodness, thank you so much for this info! i'm a complete SPF freak, but i have never considered my lips!!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I usually wear a lip balm with SPF because my lips are really sensitive and I'd hate to get sunburn on them!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
It's just like putting baby oil on and going in the sun.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I actually don't really like gloss. I prefer lipstick. But I do need to remember to have a lip balm that has spf.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
Say it isn't so... boo! But I love my stila lip glaze...
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 9 years
I have a labello lip balm that says 30 SPF, I even have a blog here: Labello Sun and I love the smell of it :)
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
Yes, thats why I use chapstick with SPF and lipgloss ;)
FoxyJo FoxyJo 9 years
Great info!! Especially since summer is on its way! :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
So true, lips need SPF too!!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
my lipbalm has spf 25...
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I use some sort of lip balm before putting on lipstick but I've never seen one with higher than SPF 15 for lips.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
if i put sunblock, i put it everywhere, including the lips.
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
I never thought about lip gloss this way. I always put on my trusty chapstick before glossing, but just checked the label and it's only spf 4...that's not going to cut it!
Leony Leony 9 years
Good info. I only have SPF 15, I wish I could get the SPF 30 for lips though.
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