By Dr. Roger Moore
September 14, 2015
Category: General Skin Care
Tags: skin cancer   protection   lips  

When you head outside, hopefully you always make it a point to put on your sunscreen. Your initial thought may be to apply sunscreen to your face and body, but what about you lips? Your lips can actually develop skin cancer. Yep, that’s right. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common types of skin cancer, are frequently found on or around the lips. The best way to protect yourself from developing skin cancer on your lips is to protect them with sunscreen. Many people are in the habit of applying lip balm to their lips every day. This is a great way to protect your lips from the harmful rays of the sun. Many lip balms have SPF built right in. It only takes a few seconds to apply (and reapply) lip balm throughout the day. Lip balm is easy to keep with you, as well. You can slip it into your bag or carry it around in your pocket. Not only will you have healthy, beautiful and moisturized lips, you will be protecting yourself from skin cancer by applying lip balm with a built-in SPF.

Below are some great and affordable lip balms that can have built-in SPF and can be found at your local drug store:

  1. ChapStick Ultra SPF 30 
  2. Hawaiian Tropic Tropical Lip Balm SPF 45+ Sunscreen
  3. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer SPF 15
  4. Banana Boat Aloe Vera with Vitamin E Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 45