What to Look For in Lip Balms to Avoid Sunburn (and heal it!)
You may already know that sunscreen is a vital part of your skincare routine, but most of us tend to ignore our lips.
All parts of your body are vulnerable to sunburn and UV damage, but your lips are especially so because (1) their skin is only about 3 - 5 cells thick and (2) they are most exposed. On scale of 1 to paper cut, sunburned lips are "paper cut" on the pain and discomfort spectrum. The swollen, dehydrated, chapped lips make it uncomfortable to talk, eat, or even smile. Aside from causing painful swelling, the unprotected exposure to UV rays can raise your risk of skin cancer.
Since lips - and any exposed skin - can get sunburned at any time of the year, it's important to make lip balms for sunburned lips part of your daily routine. To ensure that they are doing their job in protecting and healing your lips, you will want to look for the following ingredients in you lip balms:
Benefits of Zinc Oxide
- Zinc oxide is a broad-spectrum sunscreen ingredient that offers both UVA and UVB spectrum. It also offers moderate protection from blue light (HEV) that is emitted by screens. If you are always in front of a screen, consider getting a lip balm with zinc oxide and blueberry seed oil, which offers natural blue light protection.
- Zinc oxide sunscreens sit on top of the skin, unlike chemical sunscreens that get absorbed into the skin. In addition to studies that link chemical sunscreens to hormone disruption and proliferation of cancer cells, chemical sunscreens can clog pores and increase acne breakouts.
- Sunscreens containing zinc oxide are preferable for anyone suffering from melasma. This condition is triggered by the heat of the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens are absorbed into the skin, converting UV rays to heat and releasing sweat from the body, which can aggravate this skin condition.
- Zinc oxide is generally tolerated by all skin types and tones.
- Aside from being used in your tea, Manuka Honey is a potent ingredient for your skin. For centuries, it has been used for quickening wound healing due to its antimicrobial properties.